Ashwatthama’s Redemption

November 14, 2018

Book : Ashwatthama’s Redemption

Author: Gunjan Porwal

Rating: 3.75 / 4


Over a hundred years after the Mahabharata War, an ancient power threatens to destroy the new Age of Men, by establishing the Age of Terror of the asuras, long believed to be extinct. The only hurdle in its path is Guru Dronacharya’s son, the mighty but accursed warrior Ashwatthama, who lost all his powers following Lord Krishna’s curse, and who unwittingly finds himself drawn into the quest of the lost bow of Lord Rama—the Kodanda.
As ghosts of the distant past return to haunt him, and the line between friends and enemies blurs, Ashwatthama must fight his inner demons to emerge victorious. He undertakes a perilous journey—across the vast plains of the Ganges, to the snow-capped peaks of the Himavant—where the price of failure is a fate worse than death, and death is a privilege not granted to Ashwatthama.
Is this all part of Lord Krishna’s great plan? Will Ashwatthama be able to regain his lost glory?


Thanks to WritersMelon and the publisher for the review copy

When the Kingdom of Avanti and Surparaka becomes aware of strange happenings in Dandaka forest (Dandakaranya), they begin to suspect the resurrection of the Asura King Dandaka. Dandaka has received a boom from Shiva so he can only be killed by Shiva and a Vaishnavastra. Ashwatthama, the son of Dronacharya, the invincible warrior who was cursed by Lord Krishna, is part Shiva incarnate. Ashwatthama is still reeling in guilt from his deeds at the Kurukshetra war, the curse has made sure that he has forgotten all his Warrior skills. The only Vaishnavastra on earth is the Kodanda, the bow of Lord Rama, which was hidden by Kush, the son of Ram. Rana Pratap, the Prince of Avanti, Vikram, the King of Surparaka and Urmila, the Princess of Indraprastha go with Ashwatthama to retrieve Kodanda.

Will Ashwatthama be redeemed for his actions?
Will Ashwatthama and his team be able to retrieve the Vaishnavastra?
Can Ashwatthama win against Dandaka?
Read to find out

It is a fast paced action packed mythological thriller. Mythology is one of my favorite genres and I can’t get enough of it. Since Indian mythology is something which I have read a lot of, it was easy for me to get into the story. I did know of Ashwatthama’s story but not of Dandaka, that was new to me. I did feel that some of the stories were repeated twice, maybe to help the people who are not aware of Indian Mythology. I also didn’t know that Parasuram had helped Ashwatthama and that the Pandavas did forgive him at the end. I didn’t understand the point of Urmila, it felt like she was added just so that romance could be incorporated into the story. The book certainly redeemed Ashwatthama in my eyes. I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series

A Flight of Broken Wings

November 9, 2018

Book : A Flight of Broken Wings

Author: Nupur Chowdhary

Rating: 3.5 / 5


Six hundred years ago, humanity rose up in revolt against the Aeriels, who were driven from earth and back into their homeland of Vaan after a bloody and glorious war.

Eight years ago, Ruban’s home was destroyed and his family murdered by an Aeriel.

When a new Aeriel threat looms over Ragah, the capital city of Vandram, Ruban Kinoh must do everything in his power to avenge his family’s past and protect the future of his country.

Which is hard enough without being saddled with a pretty and pompous aristocrat, who seems as useless as he is vain. Faced with a conspiracy that might cost humanity its hard-won freedom, and accompanied by the bejeweled and glitter-clad Ashwin Kwan, Ruban begins his journey into a land where the past and the future intertwine.


The book starts off with Ruban Kinoh, a Hunter being called to the IAW(Intelligence and Anaysis Wing) office. It has been years since humans overthrew the Aerial monarchy , which is celebrated as the Emancipation Day. Aeriels are otherworldly being which have come from Vaan, the sun provides Aeriels energy. Ruban and his partner, Simani are called by the Senior Secretary of Defense, who is also Ruban’s uncle. They are informed of  a threat of Aeriels planning to steal a top secret weapon. Ruban and Simani are put on the case with Aswin, a foreign nobleman.

Will Ruban manage to uncover the Aeriel plot ?

Who is Aswin ?

Read to find out.

I have always been a fan of fantasy, but have found very Indian authors who wrote fantasy. It was strange to have characters named Aswin and Ruban, guess I’m too used to the western names. It was a fast paced action packed story. Though I felt that the starting was little slow, it was worth reading. I felt that the plot was predictable coz I’ve read too many fantasies, I did expect a betrayal and could actually the predict the person who would be responsible. Hence the 3.5 stars, coz I like to be surprised. The world building was good and the characters were interesting. My favorite character is Hiya, I loved her. I loved the banter between Aswin , Simani and Ruban. I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series

Recommended for readers who love fantasy

JCB prize for literature

October 30, 2018

JCB Prize

The JCB prize for literature is a new prize which was introduced this year to award the best Indian fiction. The winner gets 25 lakhs as the prize. I’m not sure how I was introduced to this, mostly due to my bookish friends. Indian fiction was something I used to stay away from having read too many love stories by the new generation authors, but bookstagram has made me realise that there is more to Indian fiction than those.

I would like to thank my first bookstagram friend  Chitra for introducing me to the gems of the Indian literature

JCB Prize Longlist
The longlist for the JCB was published on 3rd September and these were the chosen books

  1. Half the Night is gone
  2. Empire
  3. Jasoda
  4. Clouds
  5. The Book of chocolate saints
  6. When moon shines by day
  7. Latitudes of Longing
  8. Poonachi
  9. Jasmine Days
  10. All the lives we never lived

After the #jcblonglist was decided, a reading challenge was announced  by the  JCB Prize  and Books on Toast where we had to guess the #jcbshortlist. I was lucky to guess all 5 books correctly, which won me tickets to the award ceremony in Delhi


JCB Prize Shortlist

The shortlisted books were

  1. Half the Night is gone
  2. Poonachi
  3. Jasmine Days
  4. All the lives we never lived
  5. Latitudes of Longing

The Award Ceremony

I have never gone to an award ceremony, this was exciting. The function was at The Oberoi, New Delhi. I reached Delhi at around 8:30 in the morning, they did offer me accommodation, but I wanted to meet my friend, so I stayed with her. I was still sleepy as I just got 2 hours of sleep the night before. In the evening Smriti from booksontoast asked me to come by 7,as they wanted to interview me. Interviews are something I’m bad at, because in front of the camera was never my place to begin with.
I reached there by 7 and met Smriti, Anuya and Sharin. I got to meet Shubhangi first, she was in a rajasthani outfit and was very friendly. Once we went inside, Smriti said that I could go meet Benyamin. Me being the introvert i am couldn’t actually get my courage up to go talk to him. Later someone introduced me to him, when I told him I was from Kerala, he was happy to talk to me in malayalam. I’m a huge fan of Goat Days, it was a book which  devastated me mainly because I can’t imagine that it a true story. I told him that I read both Goat Days and Jasmine Days in malayalam and he was happy.

After sometime I was lost beacause I didn’t know anyone else, I was walking around and taking pics of the tiny JCB which they had kept along with the shortlisted books.


Of the shortlisted books, Half the Night is gone is only one of which, I have a physical copy of, the others are all ebooks. So I got the book to get a autograph, but approaching Amitabha Bagchii was again a huge task . So I met Madhavi who introduced me to a lot of people, and I got to meet Amitabha Bagchii too. I asked him for an autograph and he didn’t have a pen, but Benyamin who was nearby lent his pen to him. I did feel a bit bad because I didn’t have his book 😔, the trials of a kindle reader

Later I was standing alone, I have always felt lost in a crowd,when I looked up Amitabha came to talk to me.  It was a fangirl moment. He was like it is good you read in a world that is too noisy. He was happy that his book made into the shortlist and didn’t think it mattered or not if he won and that  book got publicity, he was saying that good publicity makes people pick up the book, if there is no publicity no one is even aware of the book.

The starters and drinks were being served, since I don’t drink I stuck with water. Then Benyamin and his friend came over to talk to me. It seems it is a great deal that I predicted the books correctly even though I never felt so. He wanted to know why I chose those books, when a strong writer like Jeet Thayil was in list. Honestly at the time of the announcement I had read only those 5 books, and it didn’t make sense choosing something I hadn’t read. Of the long list I had already Poonachi; Half the Night is gone was a b’day gift and it is my favourite ; Jasmine Days I had to read because I’m fan of Goat Days ; All the lives we never lived and Latitudes of Longing I read the sample in Kindle and found them interesting so got them. Benyamin also asked me what I do, and he was saying that people in IT sector don’t read so much. I agree, if it was not bookstagram I would have never found so many people to whom I can talk about books.


Then we had dinner, during the dinner we were shown short videos on each of the books. Vivek Shanbhag one of the jury members, was saying that for the last 6 months he was high on books, as they read 60 books to find the long-list and later the shortlist and the winner.
Lord Bamford, whose sponsored the prize invited all the shortlisted authors to receive a prize of 1 lakh each and then the winner was announced. Jasmine Days by Benyamin won the first JCB award for literature. I couldn’t believe that the person I talked to was on stage, even though I was rooting for Half the Night is gone, Jasmine Days was in my top 3 and was happy to see a malayalam book win one of the most prestigious prizes.
So after the function the guests were all given the wining book, they could also choose another book from the shortlist. Now I’m the proud owner of Jasmine Days and Poonachi. I wanted to get it signed by Benjamin, but I didn’t think I would find him, but luck was on my side and I got it signed 😍😍😍


The best part about Benyamin winning the prize, is that I could talk to my mom and mom in law about him. Benyamin is a very famous writer in Kerala 🙊


October 11, 2018

Book : Empire

Author: Devi Yeshodharan

Rating: 5 / 5


A woman of courage, with dagger and bow, Will do countless deeds: dark and light, right and low. Her armour dark, her armour gold, Around her red rivers will flow. An Indian empire at the peak of its power. A great port heaped with spices, silks, jewellery, perfumes, weapons. Everyone wants a share of the riches of Nagapattinam. When a Greek pirate ship sails in to loot the wealth of the Cholas, it is brutally defeated by the navy and forced to pay a compensation. A payment that includes a twelve-year-old girl, Aremis. Aremis grows up to be a skilled warrior, a great asset to the Cholas. But she is a foreigner among her captors, even though the emperor trusts her to guard his person. Anantha, the man who took her captive, the supreme commander of the empire’s armies, is a wily strategist. But he no longer has the stomach for war. The emperor’s ambitions weary him. Rajendra Chola has conquered Lanka, now he wants to rule the Indian Ocean. Their future is set: a dangerous journey across the seas and a bloody, brutal war they cannot survive undamaged.


Another book from the #jcblonglist. I couldn’t find a kindle edition for this, but I ended up finding it in Juggernaut. I’m used to swiping in Kindle so it took time to get used to scrolling in Juggernaut app.

The story starts off in Nagapattinam where the Greek pirate ship deafeated by the Chola Army, led by Anantha, the commander. As part of the surrender Pelias, the leader gives up his second in command’s daughter, Aremis who is just 11 years old. The story is told from the perspective of Aremis and Anantha. Aremis becomes a great Warrior under the training of Shrey, but still she is considered an outsider. A woman  between men is always belittled and fact that she was an outsider increased that.

Will Aremis survive in the Chola Kingdom?
Read to find out

This has become one of my favorite historical fiction books. I wish it was chosen for the #jcbshortlist. Beautiful narration, gripping plot and fleshed out characters. I felt like  I was back in those times, the vivid descriptions take you back to that time. I love books with a strong female protagonist, Aremis was that and much more. It was easy to connect with her. The patriarchal society then, always thought of her as weak, and an outsider, but she proved her worth many times over. There were moments when my heart hurt for Aremis, she deserved so much more. Initially though i didn’t warm up much to Anantha, later i began to like him. Somehow the King felt like a secondary character, i was more invested in Aremis and Anantha.

Recommended for all historical fiction fans

Tarikshir : The Awakening

October 8, 2018

Book : Tarikshir : The Awakening

Author: Khayaal Patel

Rating: 4 / 5


A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.


Thanks to WritersMelon and the publisher for the review copy

The first thing that attracted me to this book was the name. I read the sample in Kindle and found it interesting,so i requested for the book and my request was approved.

The prologue starts off with the war between Ram and Ravan. When Valikesh of Hanuman’s army enters Ravan’s castle in search of riches, he comes across a blue gem. When he tries to leave with the precious gem, he encounters ghosts who advice him to leave the gem where he found it. Tarikshir, the monster tries to rise by exploiting Valikesh’s greed , but he fails when Valikesh refuses to be a host.

Then we move onto  1826, to the kingdom of Devangarh, ruled by Raja Ravindra.  Devangarh is the only state left against the British Empire , the others have  sworn allegiance to the East India Company.Raja Ravindra is preparing for a war against the British resident, Walken. Rudra, the crown prince is against the war but finally he gives in to his father’s wishes. When Raja Ravindra is killed mysteriously, Rudra is forced to take up his mantle even though he is not ready.

Was Raja Ravindra murdered?

Who is responsible for his death ?

Will Tarikshir rise?

Read to find out

I love mythological thrillers and I enjoyed this one. It is action packed and there is never a dull moment.The characters were interesting and plot was engaging.This story has lots of twists and some of them were unexpected,but the major twist at the end didn’t surprise me, as I kind of suspected that already.  The story is a mix of mythological and historical fiction. The only thing I didn’t like was Rudra and Nafisa ‘s relationship, maybe because love at first sight is not my thing. I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series


The Color Purple

September 25, 2018

Book : The Color Purple

Author: Alice Walker

Rating: 4 / 5

The Color Purple is a classic. With over a million copies sold in the UK alone, it is hailed as one of the all-time ‘greats’ of literature, inspiring generations of readers.

Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.


I read this as part of #bannedbookclub. This is another book I have seen a lot in #bookstagram. I have been wanting to read it ever since, but putting it off because of my #unendingtbr pile. The book club finally inspired me to get to it.

The whole book is written in the form of letters which is called #episolatoryfiction. The other book which I found was similar to this structure was “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

The main character of the story is Celie, a poor black girl who is abused initially by her father and later by her husband. Celie writes letters to God and later to her sister, Nettie. She was separated from Nettie, because of her husband and from her children, by her father. When her stepson, Harpo gets married to Sofia, Celie gets to meet a woman who stands up for herself. Sofia is strong and doesn’t meekly obey to Harpo’s orders, Celie is inspired by Sofia. Then comes Shug Avery, who teaches Celie to love herself and brings about the best in her.Celie finds herself through her relationships with Sofia and Shug Avery.

We also get to know about Nettie’s life through her letters to Celie,about the Olinka Tribe. The way the women and girls are treated there, is so heartbreaking. By comparing the two, the author shows us that women, especially black women are never treated well, be it the posh city, or the rural tribe.

“The Olinka girls do not believe girls should be educated. When I asked a mother why she thought this, she said: A girl is nothing to herself; only to her husband can she become something.
What can she become? I asked.
Why, she said, the mother of his children.
But I am not the mother of anybody’s children, I said, and I am something.”

In the starting I found a bit difficult to understand Celie’s English, later I got used to it.The story talks about sisterhood, racial and gender discrimination, abuse, love and friendship. I felt really bad for Celie, she deserved so much more. I admire Sofia a lot, she was a strong woman.

“I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead before I let him beat me.”

Recommended for everyone.

Favourite Quotes

“…have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.”

“I’m pore, I’m black, I may be ugly and can’t cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I’m here.”

Hungry Gods 

September 18, 2018

Book : Hungry Gods

Author: Richa Lakhera

Rating: 4/5



Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. However, the killers make one mistake. They leave a witness, a witness who has nothing to live for except revenge. And when he crosses the boundaries of time to make the guilty pay, a whole lot of dark characters come to light. There is Valentine, the superstar brand ambassador who sells anything for a price; there is Medici, a pharmaceutical company fraudulently manufacturing banned drugs; there is the perverted and sinister minded Dr. Ranga, and there is Este, the prostitute whose dark secret will blow up a daughter’s sanity. So, is there another murder waiting to happen? Will Police Inspector Dorab Silva be able to connect the clues to prevent another crime? Will these gods of greed be exposed? And yes, you will be surprised by who you will find there, finally. Deeply unsettling, Hungry Gods takes a hard look at greed for wealth and power. 


Thanks to Kulpreet Yadav for providing me with the review copy

The main thing that attracted me to this book was the cover and the title. The title of Hungry Gods with a pic of Theyyam was too enticing to refuse. I still can’t relate the story to both though.

The book starts off with a flashback of the narrator to 1993, when he had to watch his mother getting raped and the only thing he could do was run away from there. Then we come to the present where Dinesh Thackeray, a famous director is writing a script for Healers, a movie produced by the Medici, a pharmaceutical company. In the next chapter we meet Neville Valentine, the superstar who is acting in Healers and later Ranganathan, the legal head and finally Este, the prostitute. One by one when people start disappearing,  that is when the police inspector, Silva comes into picture

Who is murdering people ?

Will Silva be able to capture the killer?

Read to find out

The starting few chapters are filled with violence, drugs, BDSM, pedophiles and what not. It was pretty unexpected and I was too confused. Later it got interesting, and yeah the ending was unexpected, I didn’t suspect the killer at all. The plot was a cliché, but  I did enjoy the book after I got over the starting. It talks about the superstars who are brand ambassadors for products. Do they care about the physical effects of the products or do they blindly go after the money that is offered ?

A very dark thriller, recommended for people who love them

About the author

Ten years of entertainment journalism. A lifetime of manoranjan junkie. Richa believes that you should accept your most demented thoughts fears and fantasies.
Born in Dehradun. Richa did her Masters in Chemistry from Miranda House, before she studied Journalism. Special Correspondent and TV Anchor Richa is currently Associate Editor, entertainment in a prominent news channel. She has extensively covered Hindi Cinema, Bollywood, Fashion and Art in several prominent national news channels and reported from Delhi to Dubai

She has produced, anchored and reported for shows like Night Out, Bollywood Quiz show idbi sawaal india ka, Glamour Show,Filmy Friday, Cinema India, Cinema ke Sikander, Raat Baki.

Richa is a fine artist. She stays in Delhi with her husband and daughter




The Mystery of Three Quarters 

September 12, 2018

Book : The Mystery of Three Quarters

Author: Sophie Hannah

Rating: 3.5 / 5



The world’s most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot—the legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Expressand most recently The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket—returns in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in the London of 1930.

Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage.

Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy…

Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?


I love playing detective🙊 and Agatha Christie is the Queen of suspense, so thought I would try Sophie Hannah’s attempt at recreating Poirot. .
On the way home from a luncheon, Hercule Poirot is accosted by a woman, who demands to know why she was accused of murder by Poirot. The woman was Sylvia Rule, who received a letter, supposedly from Poirot, who accused her of murdering Barnabas Pandy. Poirot is baffled,why would someone impersonate him. Neither he nor Sylvia has any idea who Barnabas Pandy is. When more people receive the same letter, It becomes a matter of pride for Poirot to solve this case.

Who is the writer of the letters?
Who is Barnabas Pandy?
Was Barnabas Pandy murdered?

Read to find out.

The first half was a bit confusing, later it became interesting. It was a well written fast paced thriller, but was it upto Agatha Christie’s level? I’m not so sure.The author did a good job of replicating Hercule Poirot’s character.The murderer was a person I already suspected so I didn’t feel surprised. The Queen did always surprise me, so was a bit disappointed.All in all it was an enjoyable read.

A Conjuring of Light 

September 11, 2018

Book : A Conjuring of Light

Author: V.E Schwab

Rating: 5 / 5


Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.


The second book ends in a cliffhanger, so the people who are going to read the series, do keep the third book handy before starting the second.Most of my reading is done while I commute, so I just finished the second book when I reached my stop, the 15 minute walk home was so terrible, the need to know what happened was killing me.

In the second book we meet Alucard Emery, the captain of Lila’s ship, who is one of the main characters in the second and third books. A gathering of Shadows mainly focused on the Essen Tach(the contest to find the strongest magician) and how White London regains magic. It ends with Kell trapped in White London, and the villain, Osaron finding a way to Red London.

The third and last book starts off where the second one ended. It starts with Lila trying to help Kell and Rhy’s life hanging on a thread. Kell and Lila manage to escape from Osaron’s clutches, but the real battle is far from over. Osaron had taken over Red London, Kell and Lila are the only hope against him.

Will they be able to save Red London?

Who is Osaron?

Read to find out.

The first few chapters are action packed, later it becomes little slow, then again the pace picks up. I loved reading the backstories of Holland, Kell and Alucard. Finally we get to know who Lila is, she is my favorite character, I love her sarcasm. There is also a #lgbt relationship in this book, which I love(don’t want to spoil it for you guys, so no names) It was a perfect ending for an awesome Trilogy, I wish there was more to it. It is difficult to let go of a series you loved.
For fantasy lovers this is a must read😍

A Darker Shade of Magic 

September 10, 2018

Book : A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E Schwab

Rating: 5 / 5


Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


I read this book last year, since I had joined bookstagram newly I was connecting with people, so I came to see the story of @ecstatic_yet_chaotic asking if anyone wanted to buddy read A darker shade of magic with her. I checked goodreads and found that it had great reviews, so I thought why not let’s try this.I started it off, it was too good and I couldn’t stop reading it, so I finished long before Mridula did(sorry🙊)

The story takes place in a fantasy world, where there are 4 Londons. Grey London, where the people are unaware of magic;White London, where magic is enslaved; Red London,where magic and people are in balance ;Black London, where magic ruled people, the city destroyed by magic.

The main character of the story is Kell Maresh, who is a blood magician, an “Antari”. Kell and Holland are only Antari alive, only Antari can travel between Londons. Kell is a part of the royal household of Red London, and he travels between Londons to exchange letters, he also smuggles things, which is illegal

Delilah Bard, who lives in Grey London is a pickpocket, she wants to be a pirate.

Rhy Maresh, the prince of Red London, Kell’s closest friend and brother

When fate brings all the three characters together , there is magic and mayhem.

Read to find out what happens

I loved the concept, it was so unique. After reading so many fantasies, you kinda know what is going to happen, so reading something different is like a breath of fresh air. I loved Kell and Rhy’s relationship. Lila was so badass.I loved the fact that the ending doesn’t have cliffhangers, it can easily be read as a standalone. Unless you want to know more about the characters and the unresolved issues.

Recommended for fantasy readers