- Reading level: 16+ years
- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Aleph Book Company (8 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789386021090
- ISBN-13: 978-9386021090
- ASIN: 9386021099
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,24,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Demon Hunter of Chottanikkara: A Supernatural Thriller Hardcover – 8 Jul 2017
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About the Author
S. V. Sujatha was born in Madras, the land of filter coffee and elaborate meals and wonderful temples. She is a graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme where she eventually found her calling as a writer and storyteller. She currently lives in the United States of America and is a full-time writer. This is her debut novel, born out of her love for the Mother Goddess and passion for Indian mythology.
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This book deals with dark arts - magic, demons, and super natural protectors - in a small village in Kerala. The plot is interesting, with a good build-up towards the finale where are the threads are tied up neatly. It reminded me of those stories grandparents tell, on a dark night, maybe during a power cut. Of course, it's much longer!
The author has seamlessly integrated the Chottanikkara Bhagavathy goddess and her folk lore(google it once you are done with the book) in the narrative.
I would recommend this book for some fun and light reading; after all who doesn't enjoy a simple good vs evil tale.
Through the author's eyes you see the stories of each character woven so intricately into the story that you can't help but have such an emotional connect with them towards the end.
This book is an amazing mythological thriller taking you to places with pure human emotions of pain, suffering, longing, lust and guilt.
Devi is not shown as someone who is undefeated but someone who makes choices to uphold the faith that the people of the village have in her. But one day, it all changes when she finally meets her match a blood demon with fierce eyes, reptillian skin and blue scales the colour of the deepest skies she could defeat it but she has to make a terrible choice.
The story in essence is as old as our civilization. Hell hath no fury like a woman wronged, they say, and this woman metamorphoses into a terrifying monster seeking revenge on the inhuman soul who had consigned her to death for no fault of hers. However, this soul seeks shelter in a village that is defended from the wrath of demons by a fearless warrior.
However, there is a gender twist in the tale that makes it interesting. This lion-riding warrior is a woman too. She is well looked after by her father who dutifully attends to - you guessed it - the kitchen, having renounced a life of banditry. An entire village of presumably able bodied men looks up to her and calls her 'Amme' (mother) even though she is much younger than them. And as said earlier, the avenging angel, sorry demon, was a woman in her previous life. She preys on the most male weakness of all - lust - and entraps her leering victims in the guise of a beautiful damsel before revealing, to their utter shock, her true colours.
The other aspect that makes the tale engrossing is the narration itself. The novel is a wonderful exhibit of how great narration can make the most time worn cliches engrossing, gripping even. The author has the gift of evoking very vivid details without resorting to unduly flowery language. The vocabulary employed here is simple but the literary devices used aren't. A small example to make my point clear, from very early in the book, "She could see the blooms hanging from the branches, luminous like stars". It takes imagination to compare the glow of flowers to that of stars. Isn't that why we love the classics? Because they had a simple story to tell but told it with a lot of imagination.
This imagination breathes life into the characters and also builds up anticipation as the denouement approaches. The aforesaid demon does NOT enter the scene from page 1, contrary to what you may imagine, and the hunt to establish her identity is described with a detective story like investigation that adds further to the excitement.
Bringing suspense, horror, love, hate, cruelty and, finally, sacrifice all together, S V Sujatha spins a roller coaster ride that feels far richer than its 188 page length might have you believe. Imagine Emily Bronte packed into a James Hadley Chase-size package. The Demon Hunter of Cottanikkara is surely only the first of more gripping tales to come from this ferociously talented story teller.