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More Satin reviews

31 July 2011
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DNASatin: A Stitch in Time has been getting some media attention lately. There have been two reviews in the last week, and DNA Mumbai were offering it as a prize in their weekly “Caption This” contest (see image).

Satin was reviewed by novelist Ira Trivedi in the Asian Age. The review is mixed, since the reviewer finds it “disturbingly similar to Harry Potter”, but there are also factual errors in the review, including a phantom character, “Yarik, Fahe’s younger brother”! Anyhow, she does make a point, and I cannot deny that the success of Harry Potter has made it easier for authors like me.

She says: “I wish that Dhar had kept the book simple and just stuck to resolving the mystery of satin, but we have too many mysterious characters that bring along their own complex storylines. All in all, the book is mildly entertaining, though it feels like a rip-off of Harry Potter in many ways.” Read it here.

The other review is in Businessworld by Proteeti Banerjee, who happens to be a friend and is very familiar with my work. While she feels that “Satin: A Stitch In Time is the perfect book for lazy, rainy weekend afternoons,” she does warn that “the characters… become homogenous to the point of blurring into one another.” Read the rest here.

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Satin reviewed in the Telegraph

12 June 2011
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Satin: A Stitch in Time has been reviewed by the Telegraph (Kolkata) today. Here’s what they say:

Satin: A stitch in time (Harper, Rs 250) by Payal Dhar is the first book in the author’s new fantasy fiction series — and unlike other fantasy fiction hopefuls, Satin surprises the reader with its slickness. Dhar’s world of fantasy is the land of Kuzerazi, a once-magical place that now no longer tolerates the use of magic. At the heart of the book lies Marik Yavi, a magician, and his quest to confront his demons and unearth the underlying meaning of his grandfather’s legacy. Marik’s sister, Fahe, and a young fugitive, Keas, decide to accompany him on what is, inevitably, a dangerous quest. While recognizable motifs abound in Dhar’s book, she strikes a beautiful balance between a realistic description of the characters, their personalities, lives and journeys, and the fantastic events of their intriguing mission. This is not a large-scale attempt at fantasy fiction; even so, it does not disappoint. What’s more, Dhar’s use of beautiful old words like ‘mage’, meaning magician, adds a charm to the narrative that would have otherwise been missing, even amidst all the magic.
(Source: Telegraph India)

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