This is a vivid and gripping rollercoaster read. I felt torn between reading quickly to find out what happens next and savouring the evocative, mystical description of the people, culture and landscape of southern India. An epic novel of unrequited love perfectly pitched and emotionally highly charged.
'You have become hard, my sun and moon,' Tayi said sadly. 'Do not make yourself so brittle that a single touch should make you shatter.'
'Not hard Tayi. Strong.' Devi though again of the Kambeymadas, the humiliation of having to beg for Devanna's rightful share. 'In this life, if one is not strong, people will trample you underfoot. One has to fight for happiness. For one's dues.'