Book Review- The Hidden Children,The Lost Grimoire

Author: Reshma K. Barshikar
Publisher: Two Ravens
No Of Pages:407
Genre: YA Fantasy


‘What price would you pay to be extraordinary? What would you do to speak to a butterfly?’ 

Shayamukthy cruises through life: shooting hoops, daydreaming and listening to her favourite books. Even moving from the US to India, to a new school, a new culture, hasn’t really rattled her. But something isn’t right anymore and it begins when a New Girl joins the school.

She pulls Shui into a world of magic and wonderment, a world she has been hidden from all her life. What starts as a quest to look for a lost book, hurtles Shui into a world where people live in trees, talk to the dead and speak to butterflies.

But like all power, magic comes at a steep price and under all things wondrous lie demons waiting to crawl out. The more Shui learns, the more she doubts everything and everyone around her.

Will she be able to master her powers, or will they devour her and everyone she loves?

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Book Review

I would like to thank Author’s Channel and author for the review copy. My review here is totally honest and inbiased.

It’s good to see that Indian authors being part of the fantasy world. 

I took time to finish this novel for its content. Author might test your patience with the slow setting to introduce the main spot but don’t give up is what I say.  Being YA fantasy you need to stick around for a while to catch up the interesting part. Once the magic is spilled, believe me it was tough to put the book down. 

Shayamukthy is all confused and bored. She is having all her teen hormones and jitters which makes her to feel normal but Something tells us that she is different. Soon Anya ,a new student shows how different Shuii is from all others. Anya helps her to overcome the fear. But Anya hides something from Shayamukthy , in fact she needs something from Shuii.  You should read the book to know all about the hidden children

The story is set on a known floor but the building risen upon is what makes the story interesting. The narration is slow as well as fast paced. Author perfectly puts the magic and the dreams in front of my eyes.

I had dreams , I had dreams being pulled inside the tree, I saw my kid saying that she could do magic. Yes that’s when I believed that I am reading a sheer fantasy book.

Being magical fantasy you will find many new terms and the glossary would help us better to get involved with the story. 

Every character was beautiful. The teen fights and jealous was portrayed as with the plot flow made the story belong to us. Author would bring the same characters often in the story to confuse you who is who and what grace do these children have. Suddenly you will feel that everyone seems to be magical. Don’t fall for it I say.

The suspense and the secret were built one above the other so ultimately that we have to wait until it is revealed completely. The cover is mesmerizing on first look but will totally makes sense while you start and at the end.

Overall ” The Hidden Children, Lost Grimoire” is an amazing YA novel which boosts the power of oneself to rely and believe fantasy plot from an Indian author. Well done.


About The Author

Travel writer and novelist Reshma K Barshikar is an erstwhile Investment Banker who, as she tells it, ‘fell down a rabbit hole and discovered a world outside a fluorescent cubicle.’ As a travel and features writer, she contributes to National Geographic Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, The Sunday Guardian, SilverKris, The Mint Lounge and The Hindu. Fade Into Red, published by Random House India was her debut novel and featured in Amazon Top 10 Bestsellers. She also holds well renowned workshops for young adults at both BDL Museum and Kala Ghoda and is keen to build a strong Young Adult reading and writing community to fill the desperate lack of young adult fiction in the Indian Market. Her new Young Adult novel, The Hidden Children, will be launching at the Vizag Junior Literary Festival. Reshma is from the ISB Class of 2003. She calls both Mumbai and the Nilgiris home.

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