An Interview with Tanaz Bhathena, Author of Hunted by the Sky

June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM

An Interview with Tanaz Bhathena, Author of Hunted by the Sky

By Team Fierce Reads

Danger, adventure, and high-stakes romance await in Hunted by the Sky, Tanaz Bhathena’'s debut YA fantasy inspired by medieval India. The best part? It comes out TOMORROW! So check out this interview with Tanaz and order your copy of this incredible book ASAP!

What makes Gul and Cavas fierce?

Determination drives ferocity and both Gul and Cavas are incredibly determined at what they want to do—even if it’s not exactly legal.

If you could give Gul and Cavas one piece of advice, what would it be?

Gul: Slow down and assess the situation before plunging headfirst into it.
Cavas: Have more faith in yourself. You are stronger than you know.

What's the most interesting thing you learned while researching Hunted by the Sky?

I read that medieval kings in India would have elephants crush the heads of people who displeased them—including doctors! I didn’t have the chance to incorporate the fact in this particular book, but I might include the raging pachyderm in another one!

What's one fun fact most people don't know about you?

I played the piano for around six years and took royal conservatory exams for it as well. Don’t ask me to play anything now, though; I’m rusty!

How would you describe Hunted by the Sky in 3 words?

Magic. Sisterhood. Faith.

Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

Exploring identity, class struggles, and high-stakes romance, Tanaz Bhathena's Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India.

Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.

Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl—Gul—in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance—and discovers a magic he never expected to find.

Dangerous circumstances have brought Gul and Cavas together at the king’s domain in Ambar Fort . . . a world with secrets deadlier than their own.

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