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A while back I read a post dissing (I can’t believe I’ve actually used that word now, I used to hate it) Mythology in India and calling it unimaginative (pfft). It also went on to say how our Indian authors cannot write fantasy to rival western authors, the liked of Neil Gaiman or Rothfuss. So I thought of writing a post about how imaginative mythology actually is and how brilliant it is. But then I decided not to, mainly because I don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way. Instead, I’ve made a list of brilliant fantasy books, not mythology, from India authors that you might enjoy.
1. Dark Things
Yes this is from one of my favourite people on the internet but I didn’t know her before reading this book so my opinion is pretty unbiased. Dark things is a story that takes inspiration and influence from many places and while it does have characters from mythology, it isn’t based only on characters in mythology. In fact you’ll notice the theme of a rather popular fairy tale running throughout so if you want a fairytale retelling from a different POV this may just be it. Continue reading