Author(s): David Hair
Mandore, Rajasthan, 769 AD: Ravindra-Raj, the evil sorcerer-king, devises a deadly secret ritual, where he and his seven queens will burn on his pyre, and he will rise again with the powers of Ravana, demon-king of the epic Ramayana. But things go wrong when one queen, the beautiful, spirited Darya, escapes with the help of Aram Dhoop, the court poet. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2010: At the site of ancient Mandore, teenagers Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Rasita meet and realize that the deathless king and his ghostly brides are hunting them down. As vicious forces from the past come alive, they need to unlock truths that have been hidden for centuries, and fight an ancient battle...one more time.
Kathleen's review - This is an excellent first in an excellent series. Set in India, it follows a goup of teens as they get caught up in some old Indian mythology. Very exciting.
Winner of LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Young Adult Fiction Award 2012.
'A riveting book [that] will keep you hooked to the very end. Hair has managed to pack horror, reincarnation, mythology [and] history all in one book!' TheBookloversReview.
David Hair is an award-winning writer of fantasy for adult and YA readers. He was born in New Zealand and travelled widely, and after spending time in Britain, then India, he now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife. The first two books in his epic fantasy saga The Moontide Quartet, Mage's Blood and Scarlet Tides, are also published by Jo Fletcher Books.