Author: Prashant Pinge
Cover : 3.5/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Story : 3/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3.5/5
All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python does its unsuspecting prey.
Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However, everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that foretells the doom of the world they left behind.
With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?
Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.
“Sceadu” by Prashant Pinge is no less than an adventure in itself. Matilda, a nine-year old girl, is a book lover. She visits an old public library’s used books’ sale and finds herself leaving without any book in her list, but with the one which she never wanted in the first place. This book never lets her sleep, because the facts that she is exposed to, haunt her. The book titled Sceadu (pronounced as Shay-du) has secrets about a land, a one different than the world we live in, and a verse which will lead one to that land. The way to this land is accessible only on a full moon night.
Matilda wants to explore this new world but she doesn’t understand how that can be done. Just then her parents have to leave to look after her grandpa who is very ill. Matilda, her brother Robert, and her cousins Steven and Patrick are all on their own for the time being. Patrick, the eldest of all, is in-charge of the house in the absence of Matilda’s parents and is scared to death when he cannot find Matilda anywhere in the house. Steven’s intelligence and Robert’s research helps them conclude that Matilda is in the land of Sceadu. They too follow her there and thus the adventure begins!
A good amount of effort has been put in by Prashant in narrating the story. The story moves on fairly smoothly and appropriate amount of information is revealed at intervals. The mystery is sustained till the very end and the description of an alien land is done amazingly.
Too much explanation at times decreased the charm of the narration.
A fairly good adventurous read. (3.5/5)
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