New Delhi became India’s capital 89 years ago today, so here are five books, some from my own TBR, by Indian authors and set in India. Sorry there aren’t 89. Maybe next year.
The Devourers – Indra Das
Spanning India and its history, this story tells of a race of people reminiscent of werewolves. Don’t take any lore for granted though, because the Devourers are a race all their own, and you, like the main character, might find yourself taking risks for the chance to learn this story’s end.
From my own TBR.
The Liar’s Weave – Tashan Mehta
Zahan is born without a future. This is kind of a problem. It’s more of a problem when he discovers what this means – that any lies he tells can become reality. Every power has a price, and the more lies he tells, the more acute the danger.
The Simoquin Prophecies – Samit Basu
Both a play on and a send up of classic fantasy, read this if you love that vibe but don’t mind sincere irony, or some Monty Python vibes counterbalancing the dyed in the wood fantasy elements. Sure, there’s a prophecy, but that doesn’t mean the book has to be predictable.
The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Following a heroine of the Mahabharata, this is so much more than a retelling. Marriage, magic, war, and fate, appreciate the classic epic through a new lens and learn that navigating love, fate, and the will of the gods is never simple.
From my TBR
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
A story about the descendants of the jinn and the unraveling of reason, Salman Rushdie can always be trusted to write something extraordinary – drawing here from mythology and the modern day both. Wasn’t on my TBR, but it is now.
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