Today, on the blog, I have a little sneak peak into quite the fascinating and engrossing historical fantasy fiction debut by author Khayaal Patel. Do check out the Excerpt and don’t forget to grab a copy for yourself. I promise that you won’t be disappointed!
A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.
But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.
As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.
‘The most dangerous of God’s creations is man, and he is the creature who we will be pitted against. He will be as cunning as a fox, as slippery as a snake and as vile as a jackal!’ Rudra noticed his father’s eyes narrow in anger while describing the traits of these animals. He was certain that the raja could only be referring to one person – Richard Walken.
‘Is it wrong then, Rudra, to amass power that can be taken to defeat our foes? Power given to us by the gods?’
‘What are you talking about, Father? Power comes at a cost, and sometimes that price is beyond what we expect to pay.’
‘Nothing, Rudra, nothing is more important than victory… no matter what the cost!’ roared his father.
– Tarikshir by Khayaal Patel, page 25