Of Teenage Heroines: Maya and the Sword of Gringak

  • Title: Maya and the Sword of Gringak
  • Author: Meera J Pillai
  • Book Type: Novel
  • Genre: YA Fiction, Action, Adventure
  • Edition: Paperback
  • Publisher: Locksley Publishing House LLP
  • Year of Publication: 2021
  • Number of Pages: 381

— Blurb of the Book —

Maya is the average teenager, with simple aspirations of any 16-year-old. All she’s looking forward to is her dream date with Dhruv, the boy she’s had a yearlong crush on. As she heads home from the date, events set into motion that changes her very existence. Secrets from the past will be revealed. She discovers that she is not who she thought she was; what’s more, she must prepare to embrace a destiny that will make her the saviour of Earth. But is she really up for the task? Will she find the mighty sword? Will she be able to see herself as the true champion?

— Lady Bookamore’s Views —

First and foremost, I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to review such an engaging work of Young Adult fiction.

Maya and the Sword of Gringak is a fantasy novel that will have you at the edge of your seat from the first chapter itself. This must be one of those rare occasions when I thoroughly enjoyed reading an Indian YA novel.

The first reason why I loved Maya and the Sword of Gringak was the premise of the novel. It did not aspire for something epic from the very beginning. Instead, the story began from a humble and light ambience, with the right balance of teenage romance lingering in the atmosphere to replicate the typical rosy world of infatuations. In fact, the adolescent experiences of having “crushes” have been depicted wonderfully in the initial phase of the plot. Although the arrival of the turning point was clichéd and predictable, what I really did not see coming was the chain of events that were to occur in such a flurry. From there on, the plot picks up pace, and the urgency of the narrative immediately becomes an anchor for the reader to hold on to. The sheer beauty of the structure, therefore, is half the reason why I loved reading Maya and the Sword of Gringak. However, what piqued my interest the most was how beautifully the author has coalesced realism with fantasy like a gradient made using two distinct colours on a canvas. The sudden shift in the plot complimented that of the mood and tone of the story, which makes it evident how dynamic the style of writing is throughout the book. Truly, I am in awe of the book and I will be glad to read it is sequel.
My best wishes for the author for her future endeavours.

Lady Bookamore rates this book 💙💙💙💙/5

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