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Seventeen-year-old Mahi has both traits the Kingdom of Ashokya fears above all else. She is a Harami, a child of mixed castes; she is also part Black Blood.
Like every child born in Ashokya, Mahi's caste defines her destiny. Born into the royal family, Mahi must marry a member of the Kshatriya--Royal--caste, and become the Maharani of Ashokya, when she turns of age.
However, the night before Mahi's eighteenth birthday, the night before her coronation, one dark secret she learns from her past changes everything she knew, or thought she knew, about her family: Mahi's mother had an extramarital relationship with a man of Black Blood, who is her biological father. In other words, Mahi is directly part of the Black Blood lineage, also known as the Forbidden Caste.
Almost two decades ago, it was widely rumored and believed that those of Black Blood possessed abnormal and dangerous abilities; some even claimed they had the power to summon Lord Shiva and converse with him. Convinced that a connection with the Gods could threaten his reign over Ashokya, the Maharaj ordered the execution of every Black Blood in the community, murdering hundreds of families.
Even though Mahi is first in line to the throne of Ashokya, she has no doubt in her mind that the discovery of her mixed lineage would lead to brutal imprisonment or imminent death.
Stripped from the only reality she ever knew, Mahi must hide or learn to control a series of strange abilities that present themselves to her, including a powerful connection to the almighty Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
Mahi also wields a terrifying, yet powerful, ability thought to have been lost for many centuries, even amongst those of Black Blood: the ability to see the future.
BLACK BLOOD is a 75,000 word young adult fantasy that takes a fantastical spin on the Indian hierarchical caste system and Hindu mythology
Diversity is very important to me as a reader and a writer. I’ve noticed that many books in the YA market fail to explore the traditions of India and the strength and vulnerability of Indian females. As an immigrant from Southern India myself, I wanted to bridge this gap and write about a place that is close to my heart. BLACK BLOOD is my first novel.
I’ve read on your manuscript wish list that you are currently looking for young adult fantasy, diverse voices, and strong female characters. For this reason, I believe BLACK BLOOD would be a good fit for your list.
Thank you for your time and attention,