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The Blood Prince of Langkasuka

Tutu Dutta



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Penguin Books
13 April 2021
The monster is not always who you expect it to be... a reimagining of the Raja Bersiong legend; a coming-of-age story of an angst-ridden young man turning into a vampire, while confronted with a chilling murder-mystery.

Raja Perita Deria, is a carefree and arrogant seventeen-year-old; and his story begins with a seemingly ordinary night out with his close friends. However, a chance encounter with a bewitchingly beautiful woman in an abandoned temple, almost ends his life and changes him irrevocably. After an incident involving the cook, and a dish of bayam, tainted with blood, he discovers that he needs blood to heal and for sustenance. As heir to the throne of Langkasuka, the prince is also caught in the larger political struggle surrounding the kingdom which is being watched by the two powers of 12th Century Southeast Asia - the Sri Vijaya Empire and the Khmer Empire. Sri Vijaya courts Langkasuka by offering the prince, the hand of a Sri Vijayan princess, while the Khmer Empire seems curiously aloof. To everyone's surprise, Raja Perita is drawn to the princess, and agrees to marry her. However, a spate of violent deaths in the palace of Langkasuka point towards the prince and his close friends and Raja Perita is slowly driven to breaking point. When the most powerful shaman in the kingdom is murdered while attempting to commune with the Rice Spirit, the countryside is in an uproar. Her death sets off a witch hunt for a killer who could be a vampire... Could it be one of the prince's beloved friends or perhaps Raja Perita himself?
Imprint:   Penguin Books
Country of Publication:   Singapore
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   174g
ISBN:   9789814882927
ISBN 10:   9814882925
Pages:   76
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tutu Dutta was born in Churachandpur, India in 1957. Her family moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1963, when her father joined the Malaysian Army as a Medical Officer. She went to school in Malaysia and has a B.Sc. from Universiti Putra Malaysia and an M.Phil. from the University of Malaya. As an undergraduate, she won a scholarship from Japan Airlines, to attend Summer School at Sophia University in Tokyo, an eye-opening experience which instilled a love for folklore. She has also studied at the University of Strasbourg, France. Dutta started writing children's books when she lived in far flung cities as the spouse of a diplomat, including- Singapore, Lagos, New York, Havana and Zagreb. She has a daughter, Shona Yean, who was born in Singapore in 1992. While her daughter was growing up, Tutu Dutta read the same books her daughter did. Shona is her informant on youth and popular culture and keeps her abreast of international trends; Shona qualified as a Barrister at Middle Temple Inn (UK) in 2017. To date, Tutu Dutta has authored nine books, including Timeless Tales of Malaysia, Eight Treasures of the Dragon, and the middle grade duology, The Jugra Chronicles, a story set in 17th Century Borneo. Phoenix Song, is her first picture book; published by Lantana Publishing (UK) and illustrated by Martina Peluso. Phoenix Song is also her first book, to be translated into Malay, and was published by Oyez! in 2017. In 2016, Marshall Cavendish decided to publish a new edition of Timeless Tales of Malaysia, entitled The Magic Urn and Other Timeless Tales of Malaysia. This was followed by Nights of the Dark Moon, a collection of dark folktales from Asia and Africa, in 2017. Nights of the Dark Moon was reprinted in 2019 and garnered renewed interest and positive media reviews in Malaysia and India. Also in 2019, an anthology she co-edited with Sharifah Aishah Osman, entitled The Principal Girl- Feminist Tales from Asia, was published by GB Gerakbudaya Enterprise Sdn Bhd, a publisher known for social activism. This book was a surprise hit with YA readers and received wide media coverage and reviews. She was invited as a speaker at the Asian Festival of Children's Content in Singapore, twice. The first in 2013, where she presented a paper entitled 'Adapting Asian Folktales for Children's and YA Literature', and in 2017 she presented two papers, 'Folklore Finesse' and 'Hidden Elements'. She was also one of the speakers at a panel of Malaysian authors during the East-West Conference organized by the University of Malaya in 2017. Tutu Dutta was also one of the judges for the Scholastic Asia Young Writers Award 2014, representing Malaysia. Her stories are rooted in Asian culture and reflect the research she had put into the subject. Readers and reviewers have also pointed out the feminist leanings and the deep reverence for nature, in her stories. In fact, Timeless Tales of Malaysia, inspired a group of children to produce a video about it and was the subject of a Master's Degree in English Literature at the University of Malaya, by a post-graduate student, Siti Nor Fatiha.

Reviews for The Blood Prince of Langkasuka

Nevertheless, The Blood Prince Of Langkasuka got a total of 4/5 stars and as I'm liking this book so much, I really recommend this book for those folklores and mythical lovers out there! --Books by I Wasisz

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