In My Hands

In My Hands

4.95 (19 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.95 (19 ratings by Goodreads)

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Sixteen-year-old Chandra S. Chengappa, a competitive classical dancer, passes for an average American teenager. But she has a monster of a secret: She can see evil in the form of the rakshasi-a demon supposed to exist only in South Asian folklores.

After discovering a glowing disc hidden among a collection of ancient Indian artifacts in her mother's yoga studio, Chandra starts having strange visions of a past she cannot remember, and the kind of future she does not want. The ruthless rakshasi wants what Chandra does not realize she has-a map to the Golden Trishula, a powerful, celestial weapon once wielded by the Hindu Goddess Durga-that controls the past, present, and future.

When tragedy strikes, Chandra and her sister are forced to leave their hometown in Virginia and travel to India to live in a remote jungle village devastated by the rakshasi. With the help of a cunning fortune teller, a fashion-forward Lambadi historian, a handsome daredevil, and a kind-hearted cow herder, Chandra must forge ahead into the unknown and prepare for the fight of her life before the people and the jungle she has fallen in love with are plunged into a supernatural darkness forever.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 442 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 29mm | 694g
  • English
  • 1737299879
  • 9781737299875

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"In My Hands is a spellbinding debut that pulls the reader into the mystical world of tribal myths and powerful rakshasi. With twists as dark as the dangers of the Indian jungle, Achia weaves a human tale of a girl caught between cultures, trying to find a place to belong. The result is an adventure lusciously spun around Indian folklore that shocks and dazzles with characters that captivate and terrify. Tread carefully for this book will leave you turning the pages well into the shadows of the night."

-Payal Doshi, IPPY Award Winner and Author of Rea and the Blood of the Nectar

"In this novel infused with South Asian folklore, we meet shape-shifting monsters, wise sages, mythical deities, and sentient weapons. I loved how Achia upheld the core Hindu beliefs of reincarnation and the immortality of souls in her story. The epic battle between good and evil reminded me of those in Ramayana and Mahabharata. Achia presented her readers with a strong female lead!"

-Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
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