For readers of Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and David Mitchell comes a striking debut novel by a storyteller of keen insight and captivating imagination.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.
From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman named Cyrah—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok’s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent.
Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
N. K. Jemisin
“A chilling, gorgeous saga that spans several centuries and many lands . . . The all-too-human characters—including the nonhuman ones—and the dreamlike, recursive plot serve to entrance the reader. . . . There’s no escaping The Devourers. Readers will savor every bite.”
“Das’s brutal, intoxicating, and gorgeously visceral debut merges an often mythic sensibility with an appreciation for the coarse beauty of the everyday.”
2015 SHAKTI BHATT FIRST BOOK PRIZE
2015 TATA LIVE! LITERATURE FIRST BOOK AWARD
2016 CRAWFORD AWARD
- Pregnancies, alien planets and loss. Like a punch to the gut.Aliette de Bodard, author of the Obsidian and Blood trilogyon "A Moon for the Unborn"
- One of the most satisfying fantasies to come out of India - or anywhere - in the last 10 years.Nilanjana S. Roy, author of The Wildlings and The Hundred Names of Darknesson 'The Devourers'
- [A] provocative debut novel… Das’ ferociously exact prose pierces through the skin of the fantasy novel to reveal the savage heart of darkness that beats underneath.The Asian Ageon 'The Devourers'
- I like the prose here, the lyrical quality of some of the images. Rather than future-looking, it looks back at the past. The images of spacetime are less SFnal than a metaphor for the branching paths our lives must take, for asking ourselves in hindsight: would I have done the same, knowing the outcome? (RECOMMENDED)Lois Tilton, Locus Online on 'Karina Who Kissed Spacetime'
- [Das] has redefined the modern Indian fantasy novel.Vogue Indiaon 'The Devourers'
- Astonishing... A narrative that takes possession of you and pulls you along in its wake.M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts, and DC/Vertigo Comics' Luciferon 'The Devourers'
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