The third and final part of Mahtab Narsimhan's Tara Trilogy, The Deadly Conch arrived in the mail on Friday from the lovely folks at Dundurn Press. In my hurry to start reading it for review this week I, sadly, didn't have a chance to run out and pick up the first two books in the series- The Silver Anklet and The Third Eye. But after thoroughly enjoying The Deadly Conch I think I'll now have to make the effort.
The Deadly Conch follows Tara, a thirteen year old girl in a small Indian village as she, once again, attempts to save the superstitious adults from an outside evil trying to destroy them. Steeped in rich Indian culture, beliefs and mythology, Tara is often fighting the constraints of her culture as much as the ignorance of some of the adults in the village. As much a story of evil versus good, Tara's adventure speaks of the questioning of an old culture by the younger generations.
The trilogy is as beautiful to look at as it is to read, Dundurn has done an exceptional job packaging these books. The covers really evoke the sumptuousness of Mahtab Narsimhan's writing. You'll come away feeling as if you'd spent a thirsty and stressful few days in a heat wave in India.
I highly recommend this series not just because of it's engaging story but also because it delves into a culture North Americans are often fairly ignorant about. As always Dundurn has found a book equal parts good story and educational that children and adults alike will enjoy.