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The Silver Anklet (Tara Trilogy)

The second instalment of the Tara Trilogy opens with a sense of foreboding. At the edge of a carnival, amidst the trill of laughing children, Tara looks into the shadows at the edge of the forest and spots a hyena. This sighting soon sets in motion a thrilling and terrifying journey to save her brother and, once again, defeat Lord Zarku.

Carefully crafted language transports the reader right into this sequel to The Third Eye. Mahtab Narsimhan expertly evokes vivid imagery in a sensory feast that allows us to feel the dense heat of the forest, the isolation of the children and their steely determination to survive.

The introduction of some new characters adds depth to the story. An ensemble cast of children whose quirks, fears and personalities seem to both compliment and clash help to make the relationships realistic.

There is no time to pause for breath in this novel. The narrative moves at a cracking pace, ensuring that the tension continues to run high. A sinister manifestation of a childhood game is an exciting and frightening plot device that will keep readers at the edge of their seats, anxious to know the outcome.

Mahtab Narsimhan is a mystical and captivating new voice in Canadian children’s literature. The Silver Anklet is a well-crafted adventure that is highly recommended for readers aged 10 to 13.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

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