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Cult of Chaos: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery Paperback – 19 Jan 2015
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'An author with an impressive imagination and terrific storytelling skills' - Ashwin Sanghi
'Cult of Chaos is racy, rousing, rambunctious and rakshas-ful. Read immediately.' - Samit Basu
About the Author
Shweta Taneja is an author, graphic novelist and journalist based in Bangalore. Her debut novel, The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong (Hachette India, 2013), is a breezy mystery set in the hills. She has written two graphic novels, Krishna: Defender of Dharma (2012), which has been subscribed by CBSE for its Schools Reading Listand The Skull Rosary (2013), which got nominated for Best Writer at the Comic Con Awards the same year. Her aim is to prod and pry the peculiar and the oddand to break preconceived notions about paranormal and supernatural with her books. To do that, she regularly drinks Makaibari tea, hogs on popular occult shows and booksand asks all sorts of weird questions (you've been warned).
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This idea is wholly original and fresh. The plot twists were great and the characters too. Anantya is a strong and crazy character. She has amazing survival instincts. In some situations, I thought that she would need help but she managed to survive alone.
The one part where she comes face to face with the dad was perfectly written. I could totally feel her pain. I hate her dad for doing everything to her. I can still feel myself shivering when I remember that part.
The writing is awesome, it flows naturally. I can't wait to read the next book for it is sure to answer some questions. I want to know what happened to her mother and her possible romance with Shukra.
Welcome to a somewhat dystopian world where Tantriks live alongside normal people and have their own little world within this world. They have their own set of rules enforced by the council and their own law enforcement system. There are the White, Red and Black tantriks, whose magic and rituals differ from each other. Then there is our protagonist, Anantya Tantrist… who lives her life away from the clan but with her own set of rules and moral codes. But not everything is fine. There is something brewing among the tantriks and Anantya is under threat. With supernatural creatures running amok and war brewing, Anantya struggles to control the situation.
Oh my! This book is a result of an amazingly creative and imaginative mind at work. The blurb of the book and my dismal summarization of it do no justice to the world of Anantya Tantrist. You have to read it to experience it.
First of all, the world building is fantastic. A reader can recognize Delhi for what it is in the story and at the same time the place is something different on the whole. I loved the setting and the buildup as the author slowly unfolded this world of tantrist living among normal people. Then there is the character of our protagonist Anantya. She is unconventional and just something else. I absolutely loved her for her charms and brazenness and cheered for her throughout. I hope there will be more in the series, because I haven’t had enough of her yet and I want more. The author then goes on to infuse her simple yet comfortable language with a magnetic story-telling capacity that makes this book a totally gripping.
I read this book in one sitting and friggin’ loved it. Go ahead and get yourself a copy…. NOW!
Who's ever heard of a modern day female tantric detective, who routinely interacts with bizarre other worldly and half-human creatures as she fights the evil that lurks in a large modern, Indian city? Well, in this well imagined, verbally illustrated, racy and fast paced narrative the author makes all of this quite believable and leaves you anticipating more adventures from Anantya.
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