The Hidden Children The Lost Grimoire

by Reshma Krishnan (Author)

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Reshma K. Barshikar is a features writer, author, and teacher. Her first novel Fade Into Red (Random House India) debuted on the Amazon Bestsellers List. She contributes to National Geographic Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, The Sunday Guardian,Mint Lounge and The Hindu. She also hosts creative writing workshops for young adults at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum and Kala Ghoda Festival ...Read more
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Shayamukthy cruises through life: shooting hoops, daydreaming and listening to her favourite books. Even moving from the US to India, to a new school, a new culture, hasn't really rattled her. But something isn't right anymore and it begins when a New Girl from Scotland joins the school. She pulls Shui into a world of magic and wonderment, a world she has been hidden from all her life. What starts as a quest to look for a lost book, hurtles Shui into a world where people live in trees, talk to the dead and speak to butterflies. But like all power, magic comes at a steep price, and under all things wondrous lie demons waiting to crawl out. The more Shui learns, the more she doubts everything and everyone around her. Will she be able to master her powers, or will they devour her and everyone she loves?

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Two Ravens (November 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-93-5321-620-7
  • ASIN: 9789353216207
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
ISBN - 9789353216207
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  The author amuses her readers by her smart writing
06/12/2018

Our main protagonist is Shyamukuthy simply known as Shui who is a 17-year-old, very tall, ordinary teenage girl. She has dyslexia but it is under control we learn. Her world includes her school life such as chatting with her good friends, playing basketball, escaping from reality into her dream drooling over her crush, fighting with her sibling, etc. Her life seems to run in the right track even though cannot be said hunky dory. One day a new girl from Scotland enters her class. Instantly, she develops a dislike as she draws the attention of Aadyant, her crush. Her friend Nalini senses something strange about her and none believe it in the beginning. Anya has secret agenda. She tricks Shui into her trap and introduces her to a world which existed only in her imagination. Shui learns so many things about herself like she is the hidden child and that she is not ordinary but extraordinary. How much does this new girl know about her and why she wants to get close? After Shui figures out the motive of Anya, she has met losses already. She has isolated herself from her friends especially from her best friend, Nallini and formed a group with Anya. She never thought that befriending Anya would threaten the life of those close to her. Shocking revelation about her birth is revealed and yes, she is devastated. What is the big deal about the lost grimoire? Why does Anya want it?What truth did Shui's parents hide from her? Read the book to know.The characterization is good particularly the portrayal of the love between the siblings is great. However, it doesn’t make sense why all of a sudden Aadyant started taking keen interest in her. The story plot is accompanied by Reshma K. Barshikar's very skillful writing although the pace of the novel could have been improved a little more. I found it slow-paced. All those impatient types who can’t sit to read a fantasy that contains 400+ pages need to skip this one.Who knows if you start reading, it may as well become your favorite. The author's efforts put into publishing her novel is worth mentioning. I feel proud to say she pulled me to her story of magic spells, bile rath, witans, benders, seers and many by her smart writing. Her book entertains. The only flaw is the pace of the novel which occasionally distracted me. Still, it falls under the category of my best reads though not great reads as per my opinion. I do regret one thing which is I must have read the glossary in advance . There are many terms in the book that a common reader like myself will have difficulty as it interferes and spoils the fun of reading. The positive of the book are the thoughtful poems and the letter part. Through her book, the author took me to places that I have never dreamed of and introduced me to things I have been unaware of.

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  High Fantasy and Highly engaging
04/12/2018

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