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    • Publication date:04 Jun 2015
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The Pyre

The Return of Ravana Book 1

By David Hair

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One deathless Demon King. Six ghostly queens. And only four twenty-first century young men and women to stand against a centuries-old evil . . . The first in award-winning author David Hair's series The Return of the Ravana.

'David Hair hasn't just broken the mould. He's completely shattered it' - Bibliosanctum

One deathless Demon King. Six ghostly queens. And only four twenty-first century young men and women to stand against a centuries-old evil . . . The first in award-winning author David Hair's series The Return of Ravana.

Mandore, Rajasthan, 769 AD: the evil sorcerer-king, Ravindra-Raj, has devised a deadly ritual. He and his seven queens will burn on his funeral pyre, and he will rise again with the powers of Ravana, Demon-King of the epic Ramayana. But things go wrong when a court poet rescues the beautiful, spirited Queen Darya, ruining the ritual - and Ravindra's plans.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2010: At the site of ancient Mandore, Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Rasita meet - and are forced to accept that this is not the first time they have come together to fight the deathless king. Now Ravindra and his ghostly brides are hunting them down.

As vicious forces from the past come alive, Vikram needs to unlock truths that have been hidden for centuries, if they are to win this ancient battle . . . for the first and last time.

'Riveting! Like its reincarnated heroes, I was drawn again and again to David Hair's gripping, blood-soaked tale' - Chris Bradford, author of Young Samurai

Biographical Notes

David Hair, an award-winning writer of fantasy, has been inspired by his travels around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and after spending time in Britain and Europe, he moved to India for several years, which sparked both the Moontide Quartet and the Ravana series. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. His epic fantasy sagas The Moontide Quartet and The Sunsurge Quartet, and The Return of Ravana, his retelling of the Indian epic The Ramayana, are all published by Jo Fletcher Books.

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David Hair did an amazing job at recreating the Ravana legend . . . great tension and character development . . . This was a fantastically written novel which will appeal to readers outside the fantasy genre too. A 5 star read! — Old Victorian Quill
Riveting! Like its reincarnated heroes, I was drawn again and again to David Hair's gripping, blood-soaked tale — Chris Bradford, author of Young Samurai
The Pyre was genuinely dark and unsettling . . . The story-telling within the novel is outstanding — Historical Novel Society
A riveting book [that] will keep you hooked to the very end. Hair has managed to pack horror, reincarnation, mythology [and] history all in one book! — The Booklovers Review
A fantastically written tale . . . An amazing story set in a magnificent background, it had me hooked from the very first page. The last half of the book literally had me on the edge of my chair, rooting for the characters in both timelines and wondering how the history would unfold and if it would repeat itself — Draumr Kopa
The Pyre is an excellent fantasy novel. If you're familiar with the tales of Rama and Sita, you'll find much to enjoy, and if not, then David Hair's introduction to the legends are an excellent place to start. — Robin Brooks Books
When it comes to Young Adult fiction, David Hair hasn't just broken the mould. He's completely shattered it. — Bibliosanctum
If you like fantasy influenced by mythology and would like to explore beyond the well-known Western mythologies, The Pyre is an excellent departure point. — A Fantastical Librarian
fast paced young adult novel — Blog in Basket
I enjoyed the characters . . . [I] was sorry to say goodbye to the cast — It Puts the Blog in the Basket
This was YA, but it works for everyone . . An interesting story. Light and dark. — Books For Life
David Hair did an amazing job at recreating the Ravana legend . . . great tension and character development . . . This was a fantastically written novel which will appeal to readers outside the fantasy genre too. A 5 star read!
Riveting! Like its reincarnated heroes, I was drawn again and again to David Hair's gripping, blood-soaked tale
The Pyre was genuinely dark and unsettling . . . The story-telling within the novel is outstanding
A riveting book [that] will keep you hooked to the very end. Hair has managed to pack horror, reincarnation, mythology [and] history all in one book!
A fantastically written tale . . . An amazing story set in a magnificent background, it had me hooked from the very first page. The last half of the book literally had me on the edge of my chair, rooting for the characters in both timelines and wondering how the history would unfold and if it would repeat itself
The Pyre is an excellent fantasy novel. If you're familiar with the tales of Rama and Sita, you'll find much to enjoy, and if not, then David Hair's introduction to the legends are an excellent place to start.
When it comes to Young Adult fiction, David Hair hasn't just broken the mould. He's completely shattered it.
If you like fantasy influenced by mythology and would like to explore beyond the well-known Western mythologies, The Pyre is an excellent departure point.
fast paced young adult novel
I enjoyed the characters . . . [I] was sorry to say goodbye to the cast
This was YA, but it works for everyone . . An interesting story. Light and dark.
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