New YA Fantasy Novel ‘The Destiny of Shaitan’ by Laxmi Hariharan

I can’t say for certain if the current crop of Young Adult books is any better than those produced pre-Rowling, but by God they get a better press these days.

Have children’s authors become more adventurous and less patronising than I felt they were when I was a child myself?  Have I simply grown comfortable enough to ignore the publisher-imposed categories and just try something new?  Who cares?  The fact is, I’ve gained a hell lot of pleasure from reading Young Adult fiction in the last few years.  They are much better to read aloud than books for grown-ups, my wife and daughter enjoy them and dammit, so do I.

Like any genre there are classics and duffers, but part of the joy of writing for a website like this is having the drive to go out and try something new.  Take The Destiny of Shaitan for example.  I’ll be honest, the cover doesn’t grab me.  What does though, is the fact that it’s something Different.  A post-apocalyptic book with an Indian perspective.  When did you last read something like that?  I’ll certainly be checking it out.

Take a look at the synopsis below.  If you like the sound of it then give it a go.  Whether you’re 8 or 80, anyone can enjoy a good story, well told. Be YA and proud.

YA epic fantasy novel The Destiny of Shaitan is a delicious blend of gods & humans, offering a glimpse into your own power. This coming of age story is painted against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world. When Tiina accompanies Yudi on a mission to save the universe from the ruthless Shaitan, she seeks more than the end of the tyrant; she seeks herself. Driven by greed and fear for his own survival, Shaitan bulldozes his way through the galaxy, destroying everything in his path. Tiina wants Yudi to destroy Shaitan, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Shaitan being killed by his son. But she finds that Yudi is hesitant to do so. The final showdown between Tiina, Yudi, and Shaitan has unexpected consequences, for Shaitan will do anything in his power to win the fight, even kill Tiina. The stakes are high and the combatants determined. Will Shaitan’s ultimate destiny be fulfilled? To find out get your own copy here

While born in India, Laxmi Hariharan has lived in Singapore and Hong Kong and is now based in London. She has written for various publications including The Times of India, The Independent, Inside Singapore, Inside Hong Kong and Asian Age. Indian mythology inspires her work. When not writing, this chai-swigging technophile enjoys long walks in the woods, growing eye-catching flowers and indulging her inner geek. Her debut novel The Destiny of Shaitan is available on Amazon

Reporter: Dion Winton-Polak

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