Sara and Crystal are ordinary teenagers. Or so they think, until one day, their world is turned upside down when they learn that they are princesses of the magical land of Catriona. Their mothers, the rightful rulers of Catriona, are being held prisoner by Merissa, the wicked queen. Sara and Crystal must help rescue their mothers, and to do this, they have to journey to a land that does not appear on any known map.
Thrown headlong into a world of vengeful, manipulative gods and deadly sorcerers, the two girls learn the art of magical warfare. But will that be enough to counter the evil unleashed by Merissa and her protector, Loki?
Filled with fantastic action, adventure and intrigue, Heirs of Catriona – teenage author Anusha Subramanian’s first book in the Catriona series – casts a spell on the reader from the very first page. (Goodreads)
First let me ignore the fact for a while that this book has been written by a 12-year-old. I will get back to this as this certainly is credible. But just to be fair to that writer I would want to ignore it.
Heirs of Catriona is pot pourri of Snowwhite, The Chronicles of Narnia and Percy Jackson. Anusha uses Norse Mythology for her story and yes it works. It was different and refreshing. The quest and the plot are similar yet different.
The characters are sketchy and clearly indicate a teenage read. I would advise Anusha to work on the characters in detail in her next book. I can see the ability.
The writer does indulge in humor in fantasy but fails to impress. Again, read more of Tom Holt and Ray Bradbury.(And what’s with that Loki and vegetable joke, Anusha 😀 )
The book ends abruptly with one or so quest leaving the reader in midst. This book should have been more in length with a complete story.
It is really brilliant for a 12-year-old to be so creative. I think you all should read this book. Yes,it is a little uneven but you would find it interesting.
And Anusha, keep writing. You would get there, I can see. And I see a hope for fantasy in Indian literature 🙂
I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM RAVI SUBRAMANIAN & YATIN GUPTA IN EXCHANGE OF AN HONEST REVIEW. I DON’T GET MONETARY BENEFITS FOR MY REVIEWS. IT IS A HOBBY AND I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. THE BOOK IS PUBLISHED BY RUPA PUBLICATIONS.