The Devourers, Indra Das
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Del Rey
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley
On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.
From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok’s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent.
Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.
The description for the Devourers is certainly correct that this book is dreamlike. At first I was entranced. Alok meets a stranger standing outside a party and feels like he’s in a dream himself and I was drawn right in. The story begins as kind of spellbinding and then the details became violent, gritty and honestly just too gross for me.
I was ready to get into the idea of Indian werewolves – or many multicultural werewolves as it appeared to be going – but the darkness and the rape just overwhelmed me honestly. The cover is beyond gorgeous and this book is getting rave reviews so maybe this was just a miss for me. The Devourers promises quite a story and an emotional one at that, just be ready for really visceral reactions as you’re reading.
Thank you so much NetGalley and Del Ray for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest opinion.