Sukanya Venkat is an Indian writer, partial to the fantasy genre of fiction. Currently based in Mumbai, Sukanya lives with her husband and a large congregation of cat and owl figurines collected from all over the world.
Sukanya’s first brush with fantasy was as a film journalist in Mumbai, covering the glamourous, yet daunting world of Bollywood with publications like Filmfare and Marie-Claire. Having grown up listening to tales of Indian mythology and folklore narrated by her grandfather, as well as reading western classics from the library in the attic of her childhood home in Kerala, it was but natural that her progression to life as a writer would revolve around gods, apsaras, rakshasas and the like.
These days, her waking hours are spent trying to balance out the magical and the mundane. Between painting, tarot reading and writing, she enjoys toeing the fine line between fantasy and reality. She slips through the veil sometimes and brings back tales from elsewhere. Dark Things is the first one.
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Somewhere on Prithvi, a mortal survives a supernatural attack. In the dark realm of Atala, an evil goddess prepares to do the Unspeakable. And a Yakshi finds herself at the heart of an other-worldly storm. Ardra has only known life as a Yakshi, designed to seduce and kill men after drawing out their deepest, darkest secrets for her evil mistress Hera, queen of the forsaken realm of Atala. Then, on one strange blood moon night, her chosen victim, Dwai, survives, and her world spins out of control. Now Ardra must escape the wrath of Hera, who is plotting to throw the universe into chaos. To stop her, Ardra needs to find answers to questions she hasn’t dared to ask before. What power does the blood moon hold? Is the sky city of Aakasha as much a myth as its inhabitants – the ethereal and seductive Gandharvas and Apsaras? Who is Dara, the mysterious monster-slayer, and what makes Dwai impervious to her powers? A heady concoction of fantasy and romance, Dark Things conjures up a unique world wrought of love and sacrifice, of shadows and secrets, of evil and those who battle it.
A fantastic tale of drama, intrigue and Indian mythology and fantasy. A brilliant novel with plot twists that even caught me off guard. Also, the author is incredibly sweet, not only sending me a copy, but a signed copy from India all way to South Africa.