In an imaginary time, in the mythical, scenic but deeply troubled land of Mandala, the ailing old magician Jaadum expresses his dying wish: to have his son Raibhu immerse his and his wife Asi’s last remains in the Sada river. But under that simple human wish lies buried the secret at the heart of the Mandala purana—the legend of the Mandalan civilization. A powerful secret that reveals itself in one intriguing layer after another to Raibhu and his companions: his best friend Afhash and the mysterious, strikingly beautiful Inosa. Together they must protect this purana at all costs from the evil warlord Umur Naash.
As Raibhu, Afhash and Inosa embark on a journey through perilous terrain to fulfil Jaadum’s wish, they will be tested to their limits. The future of Mandala lies in the hands of Raibhu and his companions.
The first book in the Mandala Purana series, The Pledge is a richly detailed fantasy adventure stretching across time and space. As much a story of evil and intolerance as of love and justice, it is an utterly compelling exploration of humanity—the depths it can sink to and the heights it can scale.
Inspired by a story by film producer Amit Bolakani, Madhulika Liddle and Kannan Iyer have created a fantasy world that will enrapture and absorb you till the end.
|Title:||The Pledge : Adventures to Sada|
|Number Of Pages:||364|
|Country Of Origin:||India|
|Release date:||5 March 2023|
Madhulika Liddle is a novelist and award-winning short story writer. She is best-known as the author of the Muzaffar Jang series, about a seventeenth-century Mughal detective, though she also writes other fiction in different genres and across themes, ranging from black humour to romance. She was the first Indian to win the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Competition in 2003, and the first Indian to be long-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Competition in 2016.
Her most recent work is The Garden of Heaven, the first of four novels that will span eight hundred years of Delhi’s history, beginning with the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate and ending with Partition.
Kannan Iyer is a feature film writer-director. He co-wrote the Sanjay Dutt starrer, Daud, and directed a supernatural thriller, Ek Thi Daayan, starring Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin. He is presently directing Ae Watan Mere Watan, which he has also co-written.