Realm of the Goddess
As Callie embarks upon the dangerous quest to find this weapon, she must travel deep into the jungles of India to find a temple only spoken of in legends. The Rakshakari, who are sworn to protect the Goddess, guide her on this treacherous journey, fraught with demons and mortal conspiracies.
She is accompanied by the gorgeous, enigmatic Shiv for whom she feels an inexplicable but undeniable attraction. Can she trust Shiv with her life or are there dark forces at work that will divide loyalties and leave Callie at the mercy of Mahisha and his army of demons?
In a timeless tale of good versus evil, travel across the world to a place that time has forgotten. Here lies the answer to an ancient riddle. Here lies the fate of humanity.
This young adult paranormal fantasy has all the ingredients for an exciting read: ancient religion, mystery, action, adventure, romance and deities and demons galore.
My knowledge of Indian mythology is very limited. All my knowledge of Indian mythology basically comes from the Tiger's Curse series (To be honest, my knowledge of mythology from any culture comes from books). So, I really wanted to see more of a lot into this mythology and I ended up diving into a great book!
When Callie was a child in India, she was given a skull medallion. She didn't think anything of it and her family soon moved to America. When she encounters a demon and her family's lives become endangered, she realizes that she's not as normal as she thought. She's the reincarnation of Kali, a Hindu goddess, and she alone can prevent the end of the world. With the help of Shiv, one of the protectors of the goddess, she must find the Sword of Knowledge, which will help her save the world.
The whole entirety of this book was very unique and all the mythology was tied in very well with the story! At first glance, this seems like the usual teenage girl chosen to save the world and, yes, that is the major plot of the book, but there is so much more involved in the book! This book is very action-packed and has an overall adventure vibe. Also, the Indian mythology was very well explained and I was fully able to understand what was going on, even with my limited knowledge. It was also very interesting getting a look into Indian culture.
As far as romance, there was romance in this book, as to be expected. I'm a bit indifferent towards it. Sure, I want them to be together, but mostly because I expect it. Though, the romance does not distract from the plot and it is not annoying by any means!
The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the time. The pacing itself was very fast, but it made these happen far too quickly. A span of a month could happen in a few pages and I felt like some moments were brushed over far too quickly.
This was a very great start of a new trilogy! The ideas are really interesting and very well-done! The entire book is very fast-paced, action-packed, and full of adventure! I had issues with how time was dealt with and I was indifferent towards the romance, but I still enjoyed this read! If you would like to read a great book involving Indian mythology, I definitely recommend this book!
I liked that Callie did not need Shiv to rescue her out of the situations and that she was a strong, independent girl.