The first thing I see in any book is it’s cover, always cover, then comes the blurb part. Reshma’s ‘The Hidden Children: The lost Grimoire’ is no different. I fell for the book, the instant I saw its cover, which really syncs with the story, and the synopses literally intrigued me.
Page Count: 420 pages
Publisher: Two Ravens Publishing
Publication Date: November 13th, 2018
‘The Hidden Children’ is fantasy fiction. The book is set in Mumbai. This is a story of Shui AKA Shayamukthy, who is like any other teenager. Living in her dreamland and has a perfect family and set of friends. But her normal life takes a momentous twist and turns upside down, the moment she meets Anya, the new girl in her school.
Anya’s friendship with Shui creates a rift between Shui and her best friends Jai and Nallini. They know something isn’t right with Anya.
Anya, on the other hand, pulls Shui into an enchanting and dangerous world of Magic. A world where Shui’s life and sanity are on stake. Will Shui be able to save herself?
There is something about the story and it’s characters of ‘The Hidden Children: The lost Grimoire’. The story is shrouded in mystery and so are it’s few characters.
I felt that the first half of the story was very slow. There was a lot of tarrying around one thing or the other… And it kind of created confusion. I wanted to know where the story was going. I wanted it to end. But once past the first half, the story took pace. It started to unravel at a fast pace. And then I didn’t want the story to end. I wanted to go on reading.
The ‘The Hidden Children: The lost Grimoire’ is book 1 in a series. The plot has a very different concept. The complexity of the characters makes the story more engaging. Every single character is important and is one of the best things about this book.
The narrative is very engaging and language very easy to understand. The book will keep you hooked once past the first half. I love how the story more than compensated for the first half.
Author has done a very good job of crafting a concept of a magical world that is different and highly engaging.
The climax was so fast paced that by the last word of the book, I was left breathless. As a reader, I was happy at the end and that is what matters.
Do I recommend the book?
My Rating: 4/5 stars
About the Author
Reshma K. Barshikar
After finishing her A Levels at Bridgine School, Windsor, and getting a BA (Hons) at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, Reshma started her career as a Journalist for India’s national newspaper The Hindu, Business Line but left mid-career to pursue an MBA at the Indian School of Business that led to a successful career in Investment Banking. After 5 years in Investment Banking, she quit her job to travel for two years and visited Europe, China, and the US. She conceptualized the novel during her travels through the Tuscany wine country. She created the eccentric Ms. Krishnamurthy, her precocious cat, and her dog eats deal environment. Her deep appreciation for the south Indian family dynamic, experience as a freelance journalist and a passion for Italian wine helped create Fade Into Red.
Simultaneously she also honed her skills as a Travel Writer and has contributed to India Today Travel Plus, SilverKris, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, National Geographic Traveller, and The Hindu Business Line. She is also co-founder of the literary blog, The Caterpillar Café.
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