Review: The Devourers by Indra Das

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Late one night on the outskirts of Kolkata, a middle-aged, lonely college professor named Alok is approached by a mysterious stranger who claims to be part-werewolf. He gives Alok mesmerising, terrifying visions, a prologue to what will become this stranger’s unbelievable story. Captivated by what he’s seen and wanting to know more, Alok agrees to transcribe the contents of two ancient scrolls the stranger possesses.

These scrolls contain a bloody, magical tale that transcends recorded history and legend both. The first tells the story of a powerful Nordic shapeshifter, one of whose many names is Fenrir, who travels east with two other shapeshifters and seeks to fuck a human woman in order to partake in what his people do not—the creation and bearing of children. The second scroll is written by Cyrah, the woman who was raped by a bestial-looking white stranger. Her story is one of resistance, sought clarity, and dissolution of boundaries as she straddles the two worlds she—and her unborn child—will inhabit.

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Review: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

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While reading Sorcerer to the Crown, I couldn’t help comparing it to another 2015 release, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which I reviewed a few months ago. They share some superficial plot and character elements—namely an older, powerful male magic-user who finds himself teachina a younger, even more powerful female magic-user whose magical improvisations are at odds with her teacher’s more formal training. The teacher, on his part, despairs at times of his student’s fearless, seemingly thoughtless nature and her willingness to throw caution to the winds with nary a second thought.

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