Book Review: Feral by Laxmi Hariharan (Many Lives Book 1)

  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction
  • Publishers: Fighting Monkey Press
  • Price: $0.73 (I got this book from the b00k r3vi3ws for a review)
He was her destination. She just didn't know it.

When Maya leaves Luke to go in search of her blood family, nothing prepares her for the secrets she uncovers about herself.  An intense, shifter romance, set in Bombay. A standalone novelette in the Many Lives universe.

Background to the Many Lives Universe

The Many Lives series begins in present day Bombay when a tsunami wipes away much of the city. Post-tsunami Bombay of the future is one of the most prosperous cities in the world. On the other hand, successive economic downturns have stripped most Western of its wealth, pushing many to seek a new life in the East. Refugees from Europe now pour into Bombay, into the camp nicknamed the Jungle. And no one is safe from the growing menace of the merciless human-wolf hybrids and vampires.

Each book in the Many Lives universe is a stand alone in the series. A possible progression is as listed below

Many Lives - Main Series
1. Feral
2. Taken
3. Untamed
4. Redemption

Many Lives Prequel Series
1. Awakened
2. Origins
3. Chosen

Many Lives inspiration novelettes
1. Exhale
2. Ugly

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Behind the book


About the author  

A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write...She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of the Ruby Iyer Series. London is where she writes. Bombay is what fuels her imagination.

Me thinks

Call it novelette, novella or a short story what doesn't change is the magic this story holds. Primarily revolving around Maya and her search for her roots this book is high on emotions and drama. The hurt she undergoes on knowing that she is adopted and then the quest to find her real biological family ensures that Maya embarks on an adventure which changes her life. By the end of the book you develop a deep bond with Maya so much that you just want to silently hug her for all that she has been through and appreciate her strength. 

Maya's confusion as a teenager, her mannerisms and attitude towards people around her and lastly her gusty approach to it is something that makes you in awe of her. Having lived in Mumbai I love the way Laxmi manages to bring it to life in the futuristic world. Her imagination is vivid and ensures that I am enthralled beyond words. This book is a pure joy to read and Maya has now become one of the most endearing characters in the Many Lives series for me till now.

I would recommend NOT to miss this one!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like samosa chaat -so many distinct flavours packed into one powerful dish.
Source: MellownSpicy