Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (22 May 2017)
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.
In A Glance:
The Matsya curse being second in the series of Anantaya Tantrist Mysteries — is much-awaited book and Shweta made sure that she doesn’t disappoint her readers who expected more blood shed, spookiness, adding more Pretas and compiling a lot of hullabaloos that keep happening in the life of Anantaya Tantric who is solving the tantric crimes and mysteries. Nishadas, being a new addition by Taneja in this book adds fuel to the already fuming waves of Bhairav and Tantric practices.
Narration and Characterization:
Needless to say, the fantasy fiction writers have the ball in their court as they can make readers dwell and swoon over the characters and can add the twists and turns as they please. Shweta has a godly talent of defining characters and creating them with stunning details which actually adds life to her stories. The narration; I must say is a unique style and demands all your attention from the first page itself. The story proceeds as a technicolor movie and captures your senses. With Anantaya’s swearing on goddesses to her Mobike; from T9 mobile to Shukra’s suggestive hand from Nishadas mystery to the Brain Consuming Pretas; from Bhairav’s chants to Anantaya’s mandalas — this book is a complete blockbuster which robbed off my sleep.
Book Cover and Title:
The book cover carries the soul of the story. It’s exciting and rageful just like Anantaya. The title will be a treat to the ones who have gone through the First part of the series. The appearance of the book is apt and goes well with the theme of the story.
I want to keep it short and crisp as Anantaya is in a rush to rescue innocents from the tantric crimes and while you are reading this she is hopping on some other adventures. In brief, I can say that if you are looking up for some modernised version of tantric stories and if you want to dwell in the world of rakshasas — pishachs — pretas and some more supernatural creatures from another world then this series can be an end to your search.
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4/5. ( If you’re not reading this then you are either not a dreamer or you don’t know that you can dream while reading books!)