Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review - Tantra by Adi

A book with a female protagonist is always a welcome read. What makes it sound even better is that the protagonist in question has a highly unusual profession. She is a Vampire slayer. With Tantra, India joins the vampire bandwagon, which hitherto belonged almost entirely to the Twilight series.
Anu, the protagonist has established a reputation for herself of being one of the best in the industry - she is a feared killer of some of the most dangerous vampires in New York. Following a personal tragedy, she moves to New Delhi, expecting to do more of the same kind of work, but finding that the Delhi scene is much more complicated and that vampires are not the worst things that can happen in Delhi. When children start disappearing with vampire bite marks on their faces, Anu discovers forces that are older and darker than anything she has faced before. She soon finds that the sexy, suave man she seems to be falling for is very much in danger of becoming a victim of these dark forces.
Anu finds a guru who helps her channel her mind in the right direction, who helps her discover that her mind is a mightier weapon than the steel tipped stakes that she carries with her at all times. 
Will Anu manage to overcome her personal demons and wage war on forces that at first glance seem to be beyond the scope of her understanding and belief? Will she be able to evade all the nice 'boys' that her well meaning aunt hopes she will marry? To find out, pick up a copy of Tantra by Adi today.

What I liked about the book:
  • The language used is simple and the progression of events, logical and natural.
  • The scene in which Anu and her guru exorcise a demon from a little boy's body was quite hilarious. 
  • A strong female lead whose character is well etched.
What could have been better :
  • The first few chapters progressed very slowly. It is only after a few hundred pages or so that the pace picked up. A reader less determined than me to see the book through, might have been tempted to give up on it.
  • Some terms are not very clear at the outset. The word "shift", for example, has not been explained anywhere in the book and it is only after reading through a few chapters that the reader gains a vague understanding of what the term could mean.
  • Anu's past, if shared in more vivid detail, might have made the first part of the book (which progressed slowly) more interesting.
Would I pick up the second book in this series when it comes out?
I would, but if that is not much, much better than this one when it comes to holding my interest and explaining abstract concepts, I would not give the third book (if there is one) a chance.

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RV said...

Hi Jayashree,

Would you be interested in reviewing my book 'Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai' on your blog? For more info on the book, please visit (you can also email me back through the site).

Thank you! Look forward to hearing back!


Mohammed Musthafa said...

Hi Jayashree,

I was wondering if it would be possible for you to review my online serialised novel. It's a science fiction thriller named The 18th Man, with chapters releasing ever Friday and Tuesday. I realise you normally only review completed books, but this kind of review would do wonders to improve my writing. Please do consider it.

Here is the facebook page :

Here is the blog page :

And here is the synopsis :
In the summer of 1988, a privately funded experiment was conducted in a laboratory in India. The 18 test subjects were men of various nationalities. The first 6 men showed no changes, were normal, happy and the experiment was a failure. The next 5 men turned gravely ill and became angry at the experiment, which was still a failure. The next 4 men, turned insane and delusional, and died shortly thereafter. The experiment was still a failure. The next 2 men, however, showed encouraging signs. The test was conducted one last time, on the 18th man. The experiment was a success. But the result....was catastrophic.