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Maya and the Sword of Gringak by Meera J Pillai

Blurb (as on Amazon)

Maya is the average teenager, with the simple aspirations of a 16-year-old. All she’s looking forward to is her dream date with Dhruv, the boy she’s had a year-long crush on. Events set into motion and change her very existence. Secrets from the past are revealed to her, leaving her reeling under their impact. She discovers that she is not who she thought she was; what’s more, she must prepare to embrace a destiny that will make her the saviour of Earth. But is she really up for the task? Will she find the mighty sword that she has been destined to own? Will she be able to see herself as the true champion?

Maya and The Sword of Gringak is Meera J Pillai’s first book. An exciting narrative that reveals a whole new world of fantastical beasts, myths and legends, it deals with an extraordinary parallel universe dwelling in the midst of the human world.
An action-packed page turner rich with plot history, startling twists and heart-breaking revelations, Maya and The Sword of Gringak promises a fantasy that will keep young readers hooked on to it till the last word.

Genre: Fiction/ YA Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Price: 399 INR (not available outside India)

My ratings: 4.2/5

Maya is a fun-loving, carefree teenager. As is typical of people her age, her world revolves around classes and crushes. One such long-time crush is Dhruv. After a much-longed date with him, her world turns upside down with some revelations she was not ready for. The world as she knows it is about to change. Will she be able to alter the tragedy that awaits humankind?

What I liked about the book:
-> The book has it all; fantasy, mystery, action, and adventures that keep you hooked throughout the reading.
-> Maya’s character development is astounding. This would be especially inspiring for young adult and teenage readers.
-> The entire story and narration have a kind of folklore feel to them. It reminded me of tales that our elderly used to tell us during our childhood.
-> I haven’t read many Indian fantasy books, so this was a pleasant surprise. I hope more Indian authors write and experiment in this genre.

What I did not like about the book:
-> The reading felt boring and lengthy at some points. A lot of the detailing felt unnecessary.

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