From the floodlit studios of Mumbai to the glittering Rajput courts, Vikram-Chand and his friends must battle an age-old adversary whose power only grows . . .
A thrilling timeslip historical fantasy from award-winning author David Hair.
Everyone's talking about Swayamvara Live! This brand-new TV reality show is recreating the ages-old custom where young men compete for the hand of a noble bride. In this case, the bride is Bollywood stunner Sunita Ashoka, who is pledged to marry the man who wins the on-screen contest. For Vikram Khandavani, it's a chance to draw out his nemesis Ravindra, the reincarnated sorcerer-king - but he's taking a deadly gamble.
King Prithviraj Chauhan is about to storm the swayamvara of the beautiful Sanyogita - but he's not the only one fixated on the bride-to-be: Ravindra-Raj is coming too, and he's riding at the side of a fierce invader. Only Chand Bardai, in another life known as Aram Dhoop, the Poet of Mandore, stands between Ravindra and all the thrones of India.
THE ADVERSARIES is the sequel to THE PYRE and the second book in award-winning author David Hair's Return of Ravana series.
Extremely interesting and riveting . . . will keep you hooked to the very end. Hair has managed to pack horror, reincarnation, mythology, ritual of Sati and history all in one book! - thebookloversreview.blogspot.com on The Pyre
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 on The Pyre
The Pyre was genuinely dark and unsettling . . . The story-telling within the novel is outstanding, - Historical Novel Society on The Pyre
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 on The Pyre
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 - Fantastical Librarian on The Pyre
I enjoyed the characters . . . [I] was sorry to say goodbye to the cast - It Puts the Blog in the Basket
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! - TheBookloversReview.
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
David Hair is an award-winning writer of fantasy for adult and YA readers. He was born in New Zealand and travelled widely, and after spending time in Britain, then India, he now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife. The first two books in his epic fantasy saga The Moontide Quartet, Mage's Blood and Scarlet Tides, are also published by Jo Fletcher Books.