Book Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

My thanks to Headline and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. I can’t quite remember when I first heard of the minotaur and the labyrinth in Crete—it was either in my school English book (class 5?) which had the story of Theseus killing the minotaur, and finding his way out of the labyrinth…

Book Review: Mohini: The Enchantress by Anuja Chandramouli

My thanks to the author Anuja Chandramouli and Rupa Publishing Co Ltd for a review copy of this book. Anuja is a writer of both mythological and historical fiction; this work falls in the former category. Mohini, the goddess of enchantment is the female avatar of the god Vishnu, often seen as an enchantress, one…

Book Review: Ganga: The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli

My thanks to the author Anuja Chandramouli and Rupa Publishing Co Ltd for a review copy of this book. The river Ganges or Ganga is of course, the most sacred river in India, and in mythology she is also a goddess, who lived in the heavens but came to earth after a sage–king, Bhagirath, undertook…

Book Review: Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch by Anuja Chandramouli

My thanks to the author and Penguin Randomhouse India for a review copy of the book. This is the second book in the Yama’s Lieutenant series which sees our hero Agni Prakash still grappling with his demons and indeed the visions that haunt him, while having to tackle a new and far more dangerous enemy…

Book Review: Yama’s Lieutenant by Anuja Chandramouli

My thanks to the author for a review copy of the book. This fantasy–adventure with a basis in mythology is the story of a young man, Agni Prakash, who suffering intense grief from the loss of his twin sister Varu (Varuna), finds himself “recruited” by a mysterious yet charming silver goddess to be Yama’s Lieutenant.…

The Sword in the Stone and Shiva’s Bow

Howard Pyle’s The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (which I’ve been reading lately and which is one of the three Arthur/Merlin books on my TBR pile) starts with the famous Sword in the Stone tale—or Arthur proving his claim to the throne by pulling out the sword from the Anvil and fulfilling Merlin’s…