“The wordkeeper was taken; abducted right under my nose. That left my final hope, the new wordkeeper.”
Anya’s carefree teenage life is thrown into turmoil when her mother is abducted, passing on the mantle of wordkeeper to her. Her only ally for this task is a cursed immortal warrior.
In another part of the country, village boy Bilal dismisses tales about a prophecy claiming he is a messiah … until the day his dearest friend is killed in a case of mistaken identity.
Anya and Bilal need to find each other so they can fufil the old prophecy and destroy their common enemy, the vengeful god who pursues them.
The first of a trilogy, this book takes you on a breathtaking journey of fantasy and adventure, through modern cities, ancient cremation grounds, mythical planets and mystical mountains.
I remember picking this up for my niece to get her into writing. I, of course, had to read this before giving it to her to make sure that it was age appropriate and didn’t have expletives etc. Unfortunately I forgot about it. It had been sitting on my shelves collecting dust from the time it was launched. In an attempt to finish off my TBR (and to get ahead in my reading goals by reading shorter books) I grabbed this.
For a debut it’s good. That being said I felt like the character Bilal (the saviour and the supposed messiah) was the part that brought it down. I just wanted to get his portion over with and get back to Anya. Why couldn’t she have been made more important? Why did it have to be a male character again? Especially considering the author is female herself. I suppose she didn’t like Bilal much either because he isn’t really likeable.
I feel like most of these authors are milking the mythology craze right now but this one seemed to have done her research for the most part. Most mythology books have the authors guessing things about south India without actually getting anything right and it makes me wish they would do a bit more research on South India and how people are named here or how we speak or what we do. It’s not the same as the North. It’s like they want to ignore the existence of the South. Sad.
But Jash Sen ignored south India completely and based the entire story on non south Indians and in the rest of the country. I suppose that is one way to avoid making mistakes. But whatever. Coming back to the book.
Somehow it didn’t work for me. I gave it three stars because I didn’t really find much wrong with it but it just didn’t sit right with me. I kept waiting for that one southern character who would make me feel connected but they just didn’t exist. If they did then they were so well disguised that i didn’t spot my fellow geographical companion. Pick this up if you aren’t from the south. Or if you are from the south and don’t care that authors get us wrong then pick it up.
I will not be picking up book two.