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The Pyre

(The Return of Ravana #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Mandore, Rajasthan, 769 AD: Ravindra-Raj, the evil sorcerer-king, devises a deadly secret ritual, where he and his seven queens will burn on his pyre, and he will rise again with the powers of Ravana, demon-king of the epic Ramayana. But things go wrong when one queen, the beautiful, spirited Darya, escapes with the help of Aram Dhoop, the court poet.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 20
Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Jo Fletcher (first published September 3rd 2010)
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ইদানিং যারা মিথোলোজি রিলেটেড সিরিজ কিংবা বই খুঁজে বেড়ান তাদের বেশীরভাগ সময়ই দেখি গ্রীক, রোমান কিংবা নরস মিথ নিয়েই বই খুঁজতে। কিন্তু আমার কাছে সবসময়ই আমাদের এই ভারতীয় মহাদেশের যে মিথগুলো রয়েছে সেগুলো বেশী টেনেছে। আমার বই পড়া শুরু বলতে গেলে রামায়ণ দিয়েই। তখন ঐ পিচ্চি বয়সেই যেরকমভাবে আকৃষ্ট হয়েছিলাম এর প্রতি, তা কমেনি। তাই যখন গুডরিডস এ এই রামায়ণ এর উপর ভিত্তি করেই একটা ইয়াং এডাল্ট সিরিজ এর খোজ পেলাম তখন স্বভাবতই এই সিরিজটা পড়ে ফেলতে ইচ্ছে হচ্ছিল। আর প্রথম বইটা পড়েও ফেললাম।
বইটা লিখ
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

When it comes to Young Adult fiction, David Hair hasn’t just broken the mold. He’s completely shattered it. His book The Pyre is a substantially revised edition of his 2010 novel Pyre of Queens, inspired heavily by Indian folklore and mythology, even incorporating a reimagined version of the epic Ramayana. The entire novel takes place in India, following the lives (and past lives) of a trio of Indian high school students
Md. Al Fidah
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always say that Indian Mythology has the most complicated and most enriched mythology of them all. Recently, I was lucky enough to find out about two series on this topic. One is the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathy and the other is The Return of The Ravana series of David Hair. Now, where i live, it is very difficult to get a book written in English and costly too. Again i was lucky enough to acquire the whole box-set of the second series, though my luck did not extend to the price:)
The first
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
* This was given to me for free in return for a review from the publisher *

I love David Hair's adult fantasy books (which were written after this series) and when I heard that this YA series was out I knew I had to try it so I requested it from the publisher. I am really happy I did becuase this is totally different from the Moontide Quartet books in both feel and style, and it's also really interesting to see the roots of Hair's writing as he's certainly improved by moving into adult fiction an
Maruf Hossain
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'মিথলজি' শব্দটা উচ্চারণ করলেই আমাদের মনের পর্দায় গ্রিক, রোমান, নর্স প্রভৃতি মিথলজির কথাই প্রথমে ভেসে উঠে। পাশ্চাত্যে মিথলজি, কিংবা কিংবদন্তীকে উপজীব্য করে ভুরি ভুরি মানসম্পন্ন সাহিত্য রচনা করছেন রিক রাইঅর্ডান, ম্যাডেলিন মিলার-রা। কিন্তু উপমহাদেশে মিথ নিয়ে মোটাদাগে সেভাবে কাজ হয়নি এদিকে। অথচ আমাদের উপমহাদেশের মিথলজির গভীরতা, কমপ্লেক্সিটি আমার কাছে মনে হয় সবচেয়ে বেশি। অমন বর্ণিল পুরাণ, কিংবদন্তী বিশ্বের আর কোথাও আছে বলে মনে হয় না।

তো, উপমহাদেশের এরকম কয়েকটা এপিক ক্যারেক্টার নিয়ে নিউজিল্যান্
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
A book set in India, with characters that are from India and with Indian mythology. Well done. Because most of the time when this happen, then all those things does not happen. But here the author stayed true.

The book takes place in present day and in 770. Shastri, Darya and Aram lives in a time where their Raja has plans, and not good plans. And that which happens back then shapes lives for a thousand years.

In present day, Vikram, Amanjit, and Deepika meet and feel a strange connection. They al
Little Blezz
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
সাড়ে তিন কিশোর কিশোরী ও তাদের সাথে রাক্ষসরাজ রাবনের লড়াই। নিঃসন্দেহে উত্তেজক ব্যাপার।

আমি অবশ্য বাংলা অনুবাদ পড়লাম। অনুবাদের মান বেশ নিম্নমুখী। কিন্তু গল্পে একটা সাবলীল গতি আছে। ডেভিড মশাই বেশ লিখেছেন। তবে অনেক বর্ণনাই বেশ খাপছাড়া লাগলো। বুঝলাম না ডেভিড বাবুর দোষ না অনুবাদকের তাড়াহুড়ো। অনেক জট খোলেনি, আশা করি পরের গল্পগুলোর মধ্যে দিয়ে সেগুলো সামনে আসবে।
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid four stars for this action-paced young adult adventure novel which actually has solidly done research to back the story up. Plus the author's respect and understanding to Indian myths and society actually shines through his writing.

And guess what? The entire story actually takes place in India, with an entire crew of Indians characters. The Hindus myths are weaved nicely into the story, whilst the plot shifts itself between past and present. (Yes, we follow two different timelines as we g
Reena Yadav
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing up reading the Ramayana, I could relate to its story. I loved how the story of reincarnation involving Raavan was described. The shifting between modern day and past lives events made the story extremely exciting. I couldn't put the book down once I started. The epilogue gave me a refreshing look at the story of Ramayana. A good read!
Nusrat Mahmood
okay!!!! just okay!!!!
Hannah Ringler
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been over half a year since I’ve written one of these - let’s see if I still know how to do it. *cracks knuckles, attempts to unknot spine*

When Jo Fletcher Books contacted me about doing a review of David Hair’s rereleased (it was first released in India under the name Pyre of Queens in 2011) novel The Pyre, I was mostly amused by the description.

Pretty cheesy, right? Demon kings. Human sacrifice. Groundhog day except with reincarnation instead of a reset button. “Ravenous ghostly queens.”
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If you're reading this work, then you are very likely me.

You know what I mean.

I have come to believe that certain stories develop a life of their own. They are so powerful, so widely known, so much a part of our culture, indeed of our daily lives, that they become more than mere words.

Imagine, if you will, a tale that defines a people. It has heroes and villains, good and evil deeds, its very words are sacred to us. It is like a chess set, its pieces inhabited by the same souls, game afte
Kathleen Dixon
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: the Bookshop
I love the Aotearoa series (1st one = The Bone Tiki) by this author and am absolutely delighted to have been equally enthralled by this book.

Set in India, we move from a small group of teenagers in the modern city of Jodhpur (north-west India) to their counterparts 1300 years ago. The ideas of reincarnation and of stories retelling themselves are the basis behind this series, and with the story being one of murder and lust and betrayal we have a book full of excitement. I loved every moment of i
Nisha Mitra
Not a very up to mark mythological fantasy . I lost my interest midway.
Vaishali Gupta
Cheesy story trying to build desperately on Indian mythology, latching on to reincarnation and similar such beliefs. At best makes for a fast, engrossing mindless read during a super boring travel
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2015
I missed out on reading David Hair's previous series The Moontide Quartet and I was determined to get in on his next series. The Return of Ravana sounded amazing; the mix of mythical retelling and modern-day setting really appealed to me. The Return of Ravana isn’t actually a new series, the series was previously published by Penguin India. Jo Fletcher Books is rereleasing it with new covers, new titles and in the case of The Pyre a slightly tweaked text. The Pyre is the first book in the quarte ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

The Pyre is the first in the "The Return Of Ravana" fantasy series by David Hair. It follows a group of modern Indian teenagers as they grapple with increasing occurrences of seemingly supernatural events – and looks at some of the causes of those events, centuries in the past.

The setting is provided in two narratively distinct segments. There are chapters set in a town in modern-day India, and those alternate with others, set in the same geography,
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Im alten Indien versucht der Raja Ravindra Unsterblichkeit zu erlangen. Dazu müssen seine 7 Königinnen zusammen mit seiner Leiche verbrannt werden, aber eine der Königinnen, die persische Darya, wird von dem Poeten Aram gerettet. Zusammen fliehen die beiden, bis sich ihnen der Hauptmann der königlichen Wache, Shastri, anschließt.
In der Gegenwarten treffen sich 3 Teenager durch Zufall und bemerken, dass sie einander aus der Vergangenheit kennen. Durch Träume, Visionen und Geschichtswissen versuch
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in India, the present as well as the past, and exploring the culture, mythology and history of the country ‘The Pyre’ seemed the perfect book to continue my list of books with diverse settings. No surprise then that I was very excited to start this book when it came in the mail and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed at all! Once you start this book it’s very hard to put down. Both the events set in the present and those in the past kept me flipping the pages, wondering what would happen n ...more
Jeanette Greaves
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults and young adults
The Return of Ravana by David Hair

Book 1 – the Pyre

Disclaimer – this book was sent as a review copy by the publishers.

Followers of fantasy writer David Hair may already be aware of his ‘Return of Ravana’ trilogy, written for a young adult audience. This version of the first book (formerly known as ‘Pyre of Queens’) has been updated and revised for the UK re-release.

The book is set in Rajasthan, India, and follows the adventures of two groups of young people. Our modern day heroes meet at school.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Thank you to the publisher, Jo Fletcher books, for sending me a copy of this novel. This in no way influenced my review and all thoughts are my own.

Please check out the review at my blog HERE!!



I was really interested in reading this novel when I first read the blurb. It sounded like an awesome YA fantasy with a cool setting and a group of protagonists that are friends. I decided to bring this novel on my holiday with me as I was going to have a lot of time to read.

Sorcha O'Dowd
#3WordReview ~ “Thrilling, Mythical, Magical!”

What I always love in Fantasy is when the use of legends and mythologies of our world are brought to life. There is nothing more exciting for me as a reader than to enter a fantasy story where I can recall the myths mentioned and really *believe* in the fantastical elements.

David Hair did an amazing job at recreating the ‘Ravana’ legend, and with the real-life settings of Jodhpur and the trials that the characters face in their everyday life as well
Arun Divakar
In a time when Vampires take life as teenagers it is hardly surprising to see Ravana brought back to life. Being one of the most formidable antagonists, the demon king is too good a chance to be missed. This being said, the book in question does not capitalize on Ravana in its first installment. The focus is almost entirely on a group of teenagers and local lore of the state of Rajasthan that resurrects and digs its way out of the netherworld.

The storyline alternates between a kingdom from 769 A
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first instalment of David Hair’s ‘The Return of Ravana’ series is gruesomely intriguing. The cover of Pyre of Queens lets you know what lies within; blood, horror, ash, dread...did I mention blood?

But don’t write this book off as haphazard violence...I was ultimately surprised by the intricately woven and complex struggle between the strong, admirable and very different heroes/heroines as they discover if they have the strength to change the past, and the terrifyingly evil villains who hunt
Jacqueline The Pufflehuffle Kitteh

I hadn’t heard of David Hair previously to reading this book, so was going in completely blind to his style of writing. As you know I love books that re-bring old mythologies back to life. David wrote this book brilliantly. He introduced me to a society that I don’t know much about, and more importantly, a world of mythology I’m not familiar with. It was like finding something completely new, yet old.

I really enjoyed this book and ofcourse, am going to be
Gouri Krishna
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the first 3 books of this series and since i have been hearing the story of Ramayana as early as i can remember, this book is really spell binding. I wanted to finish this book in 1 sitting. But this is my opinion and i don't know how a person not familiar with the Ramayana would feel if they read this book.
Swathika Venkatesh
The way the author had provided a uniformity between the past and the present creates an imaginary urge to know more and read the book completely without keeping it down... The usage of historical references and the mix of ancient lore with the present provides a perfection to the story...
Austral Scout
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This one's not for me.

Full review here:
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable read, couldn't wait to see how it was going to end. Fascinating setting and story telling style.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The narrative voice and the story in itself is pretty good, but I don't handle well when modern day people can shoot magical arrows. Too many places where my disbelief couldn't be suspended.
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David Hair is the author of The Bone Tiki, winner of Best First Novel (Young Adult Fiction section) at the 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. The Bone Tiki and its sequel The Taniwha's Tear are fantasy novels set in New Zealand. David is a New Zealander, who has worked primarily in financial services. He has a degree in History and Classical Studies. He has lived from 2007 to 2010 in New Delhi, ...more

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