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Meet Kavithri. Outcast. Underdog. Survivor.
Kavi is a Taemu. Her people, once feared berserkers and the spearhead of a continent-spanning invasion, are the dregs of Raayan society. Their spirits crushed. Their swords broken. Their history erased.
But Kavi has a dream and a plan. She will do whatever it takes to earn a place at the secretive mage academy, face the Jinn within its walls, and gain the power to rise above her station and drag her people out of the darkness.
Except power and knowledge come at a cost, and the world no longer needs a Taemu who can fight. So they will break her. Beat her down to her knees. And make her bleed.
But if blood is what they want, Kavi will give them blood. She will give them violence. She will show them a berserker’s fury. And she will make them remember her name. An action-packed and empowering South Asian fantasy epic. An underdog story like no other – Kavithri will remind you of fantasy heroes like Arya Stark and Gideon the Ninth.
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With Kavithri, Aman J. Bedi presents a striking examination of class, caste, and colonialism by way of wondrously creative magic and an underdog you can't help but root for
J.T. Greathouse, British Fantasy Award-nominated author
An impressive debut in every sense - this grim and relentless exploration of colonialism, power, resistance and courage will leave readers shaken
Samit Basu, author of The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport
An exhilarating ride through a vivid and violent world, Kavithri is simultaneously brutal, triumphant, and astounding. I absolutely loved it!
Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queens of Renthia series
Aman has created such a richly detailed, darkly gritty world, and Kavi is such a compelling, sharp, and original heroine. Kavithri is dark academia, but with a raw and bloodied edge to it
Sunyi Dean, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Book Eaters
A masterfully detailed epic adventure in a lush, vibrant setting
K.S. Villoso, author of The Wolf of Oren-yaro
The worldbuilding and character work is absolutely stunning, and it keeps a joyous tone even when it goes to some very dark places. Steampunk Desi fantasy meets Neon Genesis Evangelion
Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones
A vivid and brutal world leaps off the page
Matthew Ward, author of Legacy of Ash
Kavithri is majestic: a pacy, visceral tale . . . powered by a heroine with lashings of charm and grit in equal measure. Captivating, exhilarating, funny and brutal, this book will be massive, and deservedly so