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Outcast. Underdog. Survivor.

Aman J. Bedi



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13 August 2024
An action-packed South Asian epic fantasy featuring necromancers, jinn, and one seriously fearless heroine...

'It was not predictable in any sense and kept me so gripped I could not put it down' Reader review, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Meet Kavithri. Outcast. Underdog. Survivor.

Kavi is a Taemu. Her people, once feared berserkers and the spearhead of a continent-spanning invasion, are the dregs of Raayan society. Their spirits crushed. Their swords broken. Their history erased.

But Kavi has a dream and a plan. She will do whatever it takes to earn a place at the secretive mage academy, face the Jinn within its walls, and gain the power to rise above her station and drag her people out of the darkness.

Except power and knowledge come at a cost, and the world no longer needs a Taemu who can fight. So they will break her. Beat her down to her knees. And make her bleed.

But if blood is what they want, Kavi will give them blood. She will give them violence. She will show them a berserker's fury.

And she will make them remember her name.

An action-packed and empowering South Asian fantasy epic that fans of Jade City will love. An underdog story like no other - Kavithri will remind you of fantasy heroes like Arya Stark, Gideon the Ninth and Kaladin Stormblessed.

'A richly detailed, darkly gritty world, and Kavi is such a compelling, sharp, and original heroine' Sunyi Dean, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Eaters

'An impressive debut in every sense - this grim and relentless exploration of colonialism, power, resistance and courage will leave readers shaken' Samit Basu

'A journey that seamlessly packs South Asian lore and progression fantasy into a relentless rollercoaster' Gourav Mohanty

'I appreciated the rich Indian inspired world that has accurate depiction of poverty, oppression, raw portraits of colonialism and caste system . . . a diverse, powerful and engaging reading experience' Reader review, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Kavithri is raw and relentless, an astonishing debut that I personally enjoyed so much because of the parallels and similarities of this world to my culture . . . If you like your action gritty and frenetic, and your world expansive and colorful . . . look no further' Reader review, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9781399609852
ISBN 10:   1399609858
Series:   Ghosts of Ethuran
Pages:   448
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Aman J. Bedi was born in Mysore, India. He grew up in Vizag, studied in Bangalore, lived in Bangkok, completed a PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Canterbury, and has settled (for now) in Melbourne, Australia. His writing draws from modern Indian history and is influenced by writers and artists like David Gemmell, Brandon Sanderson, Takehiko Inoue, and Kentaro Miura.

Reviews for Kavithri: The Indian-inspired progression fantasy thriller

Kavithri is majestic: a pacy, visceral tale . . . powered by a heroine with lashings of charm and grit in equal measure. Captivating, exhilarating, funny and brutal, this book will be massive, and deservedly so * David Wragg, author of The Black Hawks * The worldbuilding and character work is absolutely stunning, and it keeps a joyous tone even when it goes to some very dark places. Steampunk Desi fantasy meets Neon Genesis Evangelion * Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones * A vivid and brutal world leaps off the page * Matthew Ward, author of Legacy of Ash * An exhilarating ride through a vivid and violent world, KAVITHRI is simultaneously brutal, triumphant, and astounding. I absolutely loved it! * Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queens of Renthia series * With Kavithri, Aman J. Bedi presents a striking examination of class, caste, and colonialism by way of wondrously creative magic and an underdog you can't help but root for * J.T. Greathouse, British Fantasy Award-nominated author * Aman has created such a richly detailed, darkly gritty world, and Kavi is such a compelling, sharp, and original heroine. Kavithri is dark academia, but with a raw and bloodied edge to it. * Sunyi Dean, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Book Eaters *

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