Michael's Mystery- Book Review

Book Blurb:
It was time for the Lords of the High Council to step in when the Grandmaster of Kryane is accused of murdering his own people. They had little choice but to prevent the collapse of the whole magicians order, so they sent Michael to investigate the allegations.
The people of the desert planet were an enigma, but none more than Andesine, the healer assigned to assist Michael. Why did she report the Grandmaster? Was she involved, or was there something more sinister going on?
The more people they interrogated the more they suspected that nothing was as it seemed. Not the murders, nor the Grandmasters' motive as everyone thought.
Unable to resist the growing attraction between them, Michael and Andesine learn that they had to trust each other with their own secrets, and risking any future they might have.
Time and again the High Lords had to step in to prevent chaos on Kryane, but time was running out for Michael and Andesine. They had to get a new Grandmaster in place before the Kryane Order collapsed completely. And they had to find the who the true culprit was.
Fortunate to escape an attack from this monster once, they were risking the lives of many others in the process. Before the High Lords could formulate a plan, Michael and Andesine were captured, leaving the High Lords helpless to prevent it.
Kidnapped and imprisoned, Andesine was confronted with the realization that if they were to survive their ordeal, it was up to her and her long suppressed powers. But as a healer she saved lives, would she be able to destroy the monster before he forces her to unleash her power to destroy the future of mankind?
My Review:
Well, I had read vampires, wolves,  shape-shifters, and even mythological snakes who could take human form (naagins), but this was the first time I read about dragons who could shift to human form. The author has created a whole history, character traits, the abilities, talents  and story for this unique species. I was awed by the magnitude of imagination. At first I found the names of characters, certain terminologies created by the author for the sake of the story a bit difficult to digest. But then as I read on and on, I was too engrossed in the flow to notice these things.
Michael and Andesine made a good couple- the over-possessive and over-caring golden dragon and his innocent mate. I really enjoyed reading about their past, their parents, their histories and about their present day journeys too. Meeting the Lords and the Guardians, trying to solve the mystery of murders, and calculating the next move made it quite a thriller. I liked the nail-biting episodes where Andesine used her powers and magic to heal her patients- it felt so real and reasonable. Even Michael’s dragon magic was so unique. I hadn’t read anything about dragons yet, so this was very interesting and new for me. These mythical creatures are so cool.
I liked the community of Healers where Andesine lived, practiced healing, travelled far in groups to help victims, and lived a peaceful life of an innocent under the oath of healing. The healers grew their own herbs, made their own medicines- it made me so curious. Their life would be so different and unique. And again amidst all the mystery, thrill and adventure, romance is in the air along with awkward tension. Let me warn this book is meant for mature readers, this is not your regular YoungAdult genre.
The climax approaches with the fear of someone too powerful and too magnificent lurking in the shadows- someone who hunts and kills magical beings, especially dragons to gain their power, and has become dangerous beyond the imagination of any Guardian or Lord. Can Michael and Andesine survive through these life threatening incidents? And what is Andesine’s biggest secret that she has been hiding since childhood, since her parents’ death, from the untrustworthy and dangerous world? Does she herself know who she really is or the extent of the power she possesses?
Well I liked the beings so much, I did my part of interesting research about golden dragons, blood dragons, blue dragons, and fire sprites. I like the book cover but wish it had some dragon element in it. The language, the dialogues and the flow of narration tell you that the writer is too good at her game.


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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