My latest book is The One Who Swam With The Fishes.

"A mesmerizing account of the well-known story of Matsyagandha ... and her transformation from fisherman’s daughter to Satyavati, Santanu’s royal consort and the Mother/Progenitor of the Kuru clan." - Hindustan Times

"Themes of fate, morality and power overlay a subtle and essential feminism to make this lyrical book a must-read. If this is Madhavan’s first book in the Girls from the Mahabharata series, there is much to look forward to in the months to come." - Open Magazine

"A gleeful dollop of Blytonian magic ... Reddy Madhavan is also able to tackle some fairly sensitive subjects such as identity, the love of and karmic ties with parents, adoption, the first sexual encounter, loneliness, and my favourite, feminist rage." - Scroll



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29 March 2021

What I'm Reading


No secret that I've been in a bit of a reading rut recently. All I seemed to be fit for was Agatha Christie who is delightful but not quite...SATISFYING in a way that a large absorbing read would be. But I'm happy to say that this book--which I read cover to cover in 24 hours--finally pulled me out of it and I'm ready for more! Unlikable narrators are all very interesting and make you feel squirmy inside but when your protagonist is essentially a decent person placed in impossible situations, well then you can forget about how you feel about them and just root for them all through. That's true of Maia, the half goblin emperor in this book, a story about how power is scary and new worlds are startling and all very real world except it's about an Elven kingdom and all the names and political offices are made up. I love fantasy books where it's "real world but with [INSERT MYTHICAL CREATURE HERE]" and I love fantasy novels that focus on characters not just plot, so we really get to know everyone and mostly I like to know that the story is done when I finish the book not just left dangling for sequels (*cough Patrick Rothfuss cough*) I loved this and you might love it too if you like stories about good people trying to stay good, court intrigues, making friends and/or goblins. So many options! #mrmbookclub #121in2021 #thegoblinemperor #katherineaddison #sarahmonette

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