Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Matsya Curse - An Anantya Tantrist Mystery by Shweta Taneja

I was following Shweta Taneja's books on Twitter and Amazon. Her books seem one of its kind, at least in the Indian context. One fine day I got her mail to review her upcoming book. I haven't read the first book - Cult of Chaos in Anatya Tantrist series but I took the risk to go for the second book - The Matsya Curse directly. And I am glad that I tried. The series was really interesting. After reading this book I have added all Shweta's books in my YA-to-Read wishlist. I would also like to point out, it took some extra efforts from my side to finish this book. If I have read the first part, it may have been an easy ride.

Book Blurb
Tantrik detective Anantya Tantrist is back, smart-ass comments, dark mantras and all.

In Banaras, Bhairava, a black tantrik, sets out to win control of life through mass murder, aided by an army of pretas. In Delhi, a tribal supernatural melts to death in a five-star hotel on the same night that an ancient demonologist is murdered. All this while, the government and the Central Association of Tantriks choose to look the other way and gods, demi-gods, immortals and rakshasas all join Bhairava’s army.
All that stands between the murdering bosses and the hapless masses is unofficial detective Anantya Tantrist, armed with a boneblade, a tote of mandalas and a cocky attitude. Just as she begins to see a pattern between a goddess who is selling art, a miracle-producing minister, an undead mob attacking a rock concert and her immortal friend throwing a tantrum, Anantya faces her most personal hell: her ex-boyfriend Neel has come back from the dead and is trying to kill her. He’s not the only one, of course. A powerful rakshasi wants her head, a pair of demi-gods wants her blood and the trolls are trying to squash her to pulp.
She cannot even sleep off the exhaustion, because each time she drops off, Bhairava invades her mind, trying to consume it. Join Anantya as she faces her most formidable enemy yet in the ultimate battle for her mind and her city.
Talking about the story, our protagonist Anantya Tantrist found a strange case of Nishada girls' death. Being tantric, she tried twice to prevent girls but she failed. She also found out that ancient immortals were kidnapped or taken to another world. She found many powerful people behind the scene. Neel, her long-lost boyfriend appeared in front of her to make her life more difficult. And yes, how can I forget strange dreams & vission she had about near death experience. Read the book to know more.

I liked the darkness around which story and various characters evolved. It took me some time to engage with the story. The way Anantya's character was defined is awesome. A badass courageous tantric fighting with big shots of the dark world with bare minimum help. The series properly promoted and filmed can create a big fan following because it has its own magical creatures, charms, ingredients, places and what not. A good series to follow for 18+ guys and girls. 

Talking about rating
  1. Title 3.5/5
  2. Cover - 4/5
  3. Characters - 4/5
  4. Content - 3.5/5
  5. Concept - 4/5
  6. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon and Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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