9 Apr 2013

Tantra by Adi



About the Book

Anu is a leather wearing, no-nonsense professional guardian with a reputation for killing the most dangerous vampires in New York City. But when her enemies murder the one person she truly cared about, all she wants is vengeance. The only clue points to New Delhi, so Anu puts in for a job transfer.
In India, she finds more than she expected. For one thing, her fellow operatives have made a truce with the vampires.

For another, it’s way too hot to wear leather.
At first, it seems Anu's biggest challenge will be evading the nice boys her aunt wants her to marry. But when children start disappearing, she discovers forces older and darker than anything shes faced before. All of Delhi is in danger, especially the sexy stranger who sets Anu's pulse racing.
To prepare for the coming battle, Anu must overcome her personal demons and put aside years of training. This time, her most powerful weapon will come from her mind, not her weapons belt.

My View

If I am not wrong I think this is the first vampire based Indian novel? I am sure picking it up for review because it is apart from the usual genre was the thinking, but there things turned different way.

Narration is very slow paced. It seems like the story is struck and not heading anywhere even after many pages. However the language is very simple. Humor too is ok, and you manage to smile. Just smile and not laugh. 

Tantra is a vampire huntress, Anu Agrawal’s story, who as a professional guardian is known for killing the most dangerous vampires in New York City. She reaches Delhi to seek revenge of a loved one. This changes her motive completely because it’s “India” and her aunt wants her to marry a handsome boy and settle down. The whole “shaadi karlo” drama was actually funny. Anu also saves kids being kidnapped amidst her revenge motive.

Anu meets Amit, who helps her in reaching her motive. This whole Anu and Amit names are funny, I wonder how authors come up with such same alphabet clich├ęd names for their main protagonists. Plot is weak in many portions where the link is not at all established. The chapter that seemed interesting was the one involving Anu and the Pandit, which is amount of detailing that should be all about. That is also what lacks in most of the portions in the book.

The cover makes you keep the book aside and not pick it up at all. It’s all cartooney and completely changes what is in store for the readers. If you are the one who would give lot of importance to the cover, then I am sure you would refrain from picking this one up.

It’s a nice blend of modern fantasy and ancient Mythology to the Vampire, blood sucking plot. Tantra when considered as a debut is good. If you love Delhi then Tantra is the book for you as it captures the streets of the city in a very good way. If vampire stories are your forte genre then Tantra is a good pick. 





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