Book Review: Drina – The Earth Sorceress, by Sowmya Thejomoorthy

I don’t read books from the horror genre often, but one of my friends recommended this book to me. The title sounded interesting, as did the name of the character. So decided to give it a chance.

The novel begins with a fantasy prologue, showing the birth of the sorceress in the Nilgiris Mountains. Then the timeline shifts, and we are introduced to Vanamala, who is headed on a solo trip to Ooty. The trip doesn’t seem to go according to her plans, but she persists, taking adversity as it comes, and reaches Serenity Resort. Then there is Ray, who is a research scholar, and Arie, a travel blogger, descendant of the Piers Harrington who once lived in an estate in the Nilgiris. Ray wants to know something about Arie’s ancestors, and so takes the chance to meet him at Serenity Resort as well. There is a spirit lying in wait, and waiting to escape from a spell it was cast under, so what fate lies Vanamala, Ray and Arie?

I believe paranormal thrillers succeed only if they can make the reader feel the horror, rather than just show it to them. It depends a lot on the narration, as well as the entity (ghosts, monsters, ghouls, whatever the case maybe). I think Drina succeeds because the reader feels the horror not through the ghost, but through the fear of those people who are affected by it. There is a backstory to the Earth sorceress, but the book doesn’t delve into that much. I wish it had done so a bit more.

The plot builds up slowly. At first, one might not think this is a horror thriller, given that the first quarter of the book introduces Vanamala’s character, and a solo trip where most things seem to go awry. There are twists that might be explained in the next book of the series. One twist, however, seems very understandable given the chemistry between two characters.

The novel is a page turner, quite engaging. The main characters are memorable. The author has chosen to end this part of the series at a crucial action point, so as a reader, the hope is that the second book comes very soon, and not after a long wait. With such an ending, a long wait kills the curiosity rather than adds to it.


A Score Of 8 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: Drina The Earth Sorceress Series: Drina The Earth Sorceress #1
Author(s): Sowmya Thejomoorthy Genre: Horror
ISBN/ASIN: B07BVWG9GN Publisher: Self-published

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
12th June 2018)

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