COVER REVEAL + SYNOPSIS of “Awaken” by Ashok Banker

Hi, very excited to present Book 1 in the AWAKEN: Shakti Trilogy by Ashok Banker. PanMacmillan India has always been my favourite spot for promising reads. And the coming month they are publishing this powerfully gorgeous book.

RELEASING 1ST SEPTEMBER

Present-day avatars of mythic heroes defending the world against an alien invasion

#girlpower  #superhero

#scifi             #fantasy               

#alieninvasion

AWAKEN
Ashok K. Banker

THE SHAKTI TRILOGY BOOK I 

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9789386215161 | Paperback | Rs 299

 

The Haters are coming to destroy all life on Earth. It is not a question of if, but when. 

The Brahmaand has already rung the warning bell and the awakening of the Preservers has begun. Kiara unexpectedly finds her skin covered with golden fur and her sense of smell extraordinarily enhanced; Saumya is suddenly able to go from Ahmedabad to New York in just a step; and Sia’s songs have the power to do things she had never imagined possible.

First in the thrilling Shakti Trilogy set in contemporary India, Ashok Banker’s action-packed and brilliantly imaginedAwaken introduces our unlikely heroes who must discover and harness their superpowers before they can protect and preserve the Earth from the wrath of a menacing alien invasion.

 

Ashok Banker is the internationally acclaimed author of over sixty published books which have sold over three million copies in twenty-one languages and sixty-one countries. He has been credited as the pioneer of Indian crime fiction in English and with launching the genre of mythological retellings, India’s biggest-selling publishing category. As a journalist, he broke front-page news for Times of India, Outlook and The Week. As a screenwriter, he created and wrote India’s first TV series in English, A Mouthful of Sky. Ashok is of Irish-Portuguese-Sri Lankan-Indian parentage, and lived in India for over fifty-one years before migrating permanently to the United States. Awaken is the first book in the Shakti Trilogy.

 

The Shakti Trilogy continues with Book II ASSEMBLE (November 2017) and Book III ARISE (January 2018).

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 The storyline sounds amazing and an absolute in present time. Women power at it’s best. So do not forget to grab this book next month.

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#review No Ordinary Star (No Ordinary Star #1)

Author : M.C. Frank

Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication date : 7 Nov, 2015

Book length : 168 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction​/ Sci-fi

Synopsis :

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2524. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rating : 4/5

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So you say there is no Father Christmas You say there is no Santa Claus Reindeer cannot fly, it’s all a grown-up lie…


 

It’s a song older than time itself -older even than him; what made it suddenly pop into his head?

The story speaks of the time when man had evolved far beyond his own expectations, where a perfect human can be formed in tubes and not through being born – a child is not given birth to; it is created. The child’s IQ, abilities, intelligence all are inputted into it, thus a desired body and mind are formed. To maintain health, energy, stress-free all that was needed was pill – different colours of pills, each carrying a significant characteristic.

Felix was one of those boys who came out alive from the Box, the punishment zone formed by the Chairman where he was to be executed at the age of 18 but was somehow saved, all thanks to the Clockmaster. After getting another chance to live, Felix decided upon obeying the system to every word and soon after joining Military School he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Everyone was proud of his results and obedience.

However, when he got the message from the Clockmaster, he couldn’t help but travel all the way to a place where he was not to be only to find the old man’s home empty. More trouble poured down on him when the person he saved from dying was actually a real woman. He has never seen one before, the one who took care of him and some other boys when they were children was a machine just helping them out with remembering daily schedules.

Moreover when the girl tells him her name, everything stops making sense to him, starting with the Clockmaster telling him an amusing secret, something that has never before been heard of. And then there was the red haired girl who knew how to use old timer tools and was accustomed to a little of their lifestyle while he knew nothing of them. They look through the old man’s home to look for the clock he had asked Felix to fix before the beginning the new year – 2525. Soon, they discover a library in the basement of what Felix called ice shack (the old man’s home). But what do they find there? And why are there book here still? They were meant to be destroyed by now then why? What secrets do they hold?

When I first received the e-book from M.C.Frank I found it very hard to read it through. Well, I get headaches when trying to read long digital writing. I had put down the idea of reading it at that time. And I feel so angry for having wasted such long time and not reading it cause, this book is so very interesting. Like, I don’t even know why I didn’t give it another time then. Last night I picked up the book and started reading it afresh. And though I am having a headache at the moment, the book was worth it all. To know the answers to the above mentioned questions and to know who the girl is, pick up the series and enjoy. It’s a mixture of science, romance, thrill, excitement and survival tactics.

#review Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ; The Five Kingdoms #1

 

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Author : Beth Barany

Publisher : Firewolf Books

Publication date: June 2011

Book length : 226 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

Synopsis :

Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will the quest for the healing stone be derailed by misfit companions, seasickness, and an egomaniacal king? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

Rating : 4/5

 

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Review :

When we come across story books based on bravery, it is always a gallant, invincible, handsome man who is the leading character and the representative of strength and bravery. To come across ass kicking dragon slayer is very rare that also a woman!

The story begins with Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer being almost forced by Sir Franc, knight to the Royal and Mighty King Singfan de Plumare de’Oro, the First, to come out of her life of retirement into dragon slaying once again. She gets mocked by him, is accused of false storytelling yet doesn’t agree to accompany him. However, she is that very night informed of her master’s illness. The solution leading to the same tasked the knight wishes her to assign to. She takes a little witch, Paulette along with her, whom she is supposed to drop to her own village on the way,  and starts for the journey but is joined unwilling to her choice by the knight, Franc and the jester (an old friend of Franc and admirer of Henrietta), Jexter; all towards the way hunt for Dracontias – Franc’s has demanded for it and Henrietta is in need of it to save her dying mentor.

As they travel far and across lands, they face danger, betrayal, killing and misery. But the new found bond between the four is unbreakable. The betrayal makes Henrietta doubts King Singfan’s aims in getting hold of the Dracontias yet she does not back up. She hears the Guardians of the Dracontias to recognise herself, to save all. Though she enters the palace and confirms the deal with the King she senses immense danger and before killing the Dragon she backs off.

What happens next is not my tale to tell but the reader’s curiosity to discover.

This book kept me glued till the end and keep my heart beating fast. I totally am in love with the pairing of Franc and Henrietta cause why should I? It’s so exciting! Thanks to the author for introducing me to such a luscious, exciting, adventurous read. Can’t wait to dig into the next book.

For those who love kick ass female lead characters with great adventure and fights as also some romance to brighten up the mood, I totally recommend it.

#review Reigntime (The Reigntime Series Book One)

Author: S K Levy

Publiser: Australian eBook Publisher

Publication date: 14 Sep 2016

Paperback: 410 pages

Language: English

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis:

Lexie Taylor, a seventeen-year-old student nurse in tropical North Queensland, has been assigned a new patient and she’s baffled by his odd and uncooperative behaviour. But she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Myall, who, for the first time since the death of her older brother, reminds Lexie of what it is to be happy.

As Lexie begins to trust him, Myall reveals he is a Reigntime creature—a magical and immortal being from the Awakening—who will die if he remains in hospital. Risking everything, Lexie smuggles him out, and together they travel deep into the dangerous tropics of Kakadu on a mission to locate the key to his survival. 

But the dangers that await them will give Lexie a death sentence of her own…
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Review:

(Spoiler Alert!!!!!!! Couldn’t help myself from mentioning some points)😋

This tale is like no other..A tale so unique and wondrous, it will make it impossible for the reader to keep the book down. 

Lexie Taylor, a seventeen-year-old student nurse in tropical North Queensland finds working there hard having been assigned under the hospital’s infamous “The Huntsman”. However things start to turn rather interesting with the admission of a new “weird” so-to-speak patient. Lexie’s baffled by his odd and uncooperative behaviour towards everyone. But she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Myall, who, though does not cooperate with anyone else in the hospital somehow opens himself up to her and pours down such secrets which Lexie finds fantastic but believes him anyway.

As Lexie begins to trust him, Myall reveals he is a Reigntime creature – a magical and immortal being from the Awakening – who will die if he is kept in the hospital. Lexie is sure about 3 facts.

1. She needs to find a way to break Myall out of the hospital.

2. She is completely in love with him.

3. She won’t ever lose anyone else (after the death of her older brother) again.

Lexie comes across another Reigntime creature who, she later understands from Myall, is extremely dangerous and is after them. They figure out their escape plan and soon transform it into action in which, they though had almost messed it up, was successful and they travel deep into the dangerous tropics of Kakadu. 

Though they reach their destination after passing numerous obstacles and heal Myall, they both face the biggest threat of their lives – never to meet one another again after Myall’s task is complete.

This book is very much captivating and the plots is fresh. It is like one always keep looking forward for something new, stories of vampires, ghosts and many more have been a constant topic for stories for years making reader guess whatever the events might turn out to be. But not in this tale. I am absolutely adding it to my favourite series and am waiting to read the next part of the series.