Book Review : The Hidden Children:The Lost Grimoire by Reshma K. Barshikar

Phew !! Talk about a book that truly demands your time and effort. I would rather keep this book as a high fantasy read reaped in pure indian soil which is the reason why i loved the book more. The book is voluminous and the number of layers to the book would make your head go spinning. But eventually you have something exciting to engage yourself. After i finished the hidden Children, it was like coming out from the cupboard after having fought a war in narnia.

The Hidden Children Official Synopsis

‘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?

The Hidden Children RWAT Take

The Hidden children started out as a simple book with fun little characters in their high school life dealing with all the  high school drama but then the plot went on to thicken and thicken so much that after a point the book was miles away from what it had started out as. The book has multiple layers to it added with characters that have their own strength and sub plots. You can’t pick the book considering it to be a simple and quick read because the intricacies woven into the plot will keep you hooked to the book for a really long time. 

One of the things i loved about the book is that it is very indian in its plot . And not the kind of indian , you usually see in the book, trying to be a counterpart to the international fantasy novels. The indian aspects and elements actually made sense and even helped to shape the plot better. I loved the whole indianess of the book. Probably the best thing about the book for me.

You really have to appreciate the way the author had taken care to weave each and every single thread of the plot. Its like you tug on one single thread and it leads you to even more deeper aspects of the plot. It is simply marvellous to have that kind of acute and sharp plot conceiving and structuring.  The book keeps you in a very interesting path and maze throughout and it definitely makes it worthwhile picking the book


My advise is not to pick this book thinking that you can wrap up the book quickly. Another advise is not to run from the book seeing the volume of the book. Trust me , it is worth picking up as the plot has a depth that is usually lacking in fantasy novels. I had fun. Hope you would also have the same.

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