Never underestimate a pissed off girl with a sword And with that simple phrase, Sabina Khan takes readers on an epic, whirlwind adventure in her debut novel, Realm of the Goddess.Set both in the United States and India, REALM is the fast paced, coming into herself tale of Callie and her Rakshakari, Shiv Khan s rich writing, detailed descriptions, and well developed characters enthrall the reader as they follow Callie from the halls of her high school to the jungles of India The dialogue is s Never underestimate a pissed off girl with a sword And with that simple phrase, Sabina Khan takes readers on an epic, whirlwind adventure in her debut novel, Realm of the Goddess.Set both in the United States and India, REALM is the fast paced, coming into herself tale of Callie and her Rakshakari, Shiv Khan s rich writing, detailed descriptions, and well developed characters enthrall the reader as they follow Callie from the halls of her high school to the jungles of India The dialogue is smooth and witty, the characters are engaging, and the energy between Callie and Shiv is electric but well suited to a young audience.And although I am not a huge fan of girls steeped in power and magic who know nothing of said power and magic until a boy clues them into it, I m willing to overlook it here because of Khan s mastery and knowledge of Hindu mythology Reading Realm is like getting an exciting and engrossing lesson in the stories of Kali holy shit, she is the business , Shiva, and Mahisha One learns of the Rakshakari, the significance of Kali s skulls, and the legend of the goddess sword without ever growing bored or weary As I read about Hanuman, I had to grin and applaud Khan s ability to both teach and entertain.This is a wonderful beginning to what promises to be a most exciting trilogy, worthy of several of Callie s beloved chutney sandwiches I highly recommend snagging a copy, getting caught up in the thrill and adventure, diversifying your bookshelves, and learning some Hindu mythology while you re at it.Rock on, Sabina, you slick teacher, you Rock on I love mythology fantasy books and Sabina Khan s realm of the goddess did not disappoint Filled with Indian gods and goddesses and angsty teenagers in a gripping, fast paced plot to save the world, what else could you ask for Well besides MORE good news, this is the first of a series so we lucked out I love take charge of your destiny heroines in YA because I want the younger generation to find themselves emulating that sort of mindset to not just let things happen to you, to be part of it I love mythology fantasy books and Sabina Khan s realm of the goddess did not disappoint Filled with Indian gods and goddesses and angsty teenagers in a gripping, fast paced plot to save the world, what else could you ask for Well besides MORE good news, this is the first of a series so we lucked out I love take charge of your destiny heroines in YA because I want the younger generation to find themselves emulating that sort of mindset to not just let things happen to you, to be part of it all.I hope the main character, Calli learns as she grows into the story, to not continue to be foolhardy yet brave Harry potter taught us all that to be courageous and kind is only half of the battle, you need a support system and also to do your research on your enemy and the people around you So take note, Calli Trust but verify I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest reviewTHEMESI was really excited for this book since it was hindu themed story Never in my life I ve read a book with a similar theme, so for me it was something new.I learned a bit of hindu mythology which a liked As Callie s mother, I also like mythology As a young teenager I ve read two times Schwab s collection of stories from ancient Greece.Aside from the hindu theme, other themes I ve noticed were theI was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest reviewTHEMESI was really excited for this book since it was hindu themed story Never in my life I ve read a book with a similar theme, so for me it was something new.I learned a bit of hindu mythology which a liked As Callie s mother, I also like mythology As a young teenager I ve read two times Schwab s collection of stories from ancient Greece.Aside from the hindu theme, other themes I ve noticed were the social position of women in India Aruna , unexpected love and a birth of a strong heroine character and her development.CHARACTERSAside from Callie and Shiv, I felt that the other supporting characters were pretty much undeveloped and bland Every single character spoke and behaved similarly, with every sex having his own characteristics What I m trying to say that there wasn t any diversity among them I ve also never feared for the characters Of course it s a YA novel, but still, a bit of suspense would be good Every meeting with a demon happened the same way Callie and Shiv were doing something and noticed something strange They went to inspect the strange thing and boom, a demon Also it seems that you are going to send demons after Callie why not send them in greater numbers It seems that a ancient demon it s pretty stupid, which is of course pretty convenient to the story.OK lets return to the characters Callie is pretty stupid At first she accepts her destiny and follows and listens theexperienced people But after a rough month of training she behaves like a omnipotent person Also no explanation is given regarding her powers like her finger laser , or why the skull pendant reacts in certain ways Nor does anybody seem to care who was the old man which gave her the pendant.Shiv, as a character, is nothing special He sdeveloped than others, but less than Callie.STORYThe story was interesting and captivating The pace of the story wasn t slow There was a good interaction between characters, but there are still many loose ends Like for example Why doesn t Shiv trust his uncle Why Tara dislikes Vikram Who is the old bling man Whats the pendant ultimate purpose.I ve never truly feared for the characters when they ve meet up with the demons The demons die after one hit with a weapon made from the five metals Which brings the question, why don t they make bullets out of it The demons attacks were identical Every time only one or maybe two demons came to attack Callie Callie every time barely escaped them.OVERALL RATINGThe novel s YA type is The main character is the chosen one , so yeah the MC is overpowered I liked the book and enjoyed reading it, if I exclude the last three chapters.The author explained the hindu mythology in an interesting way, so every reader can read it, without fearing not understanding some events The locations and events were also well described, so I could perfectly imagine how would a full packed street in Kolkata look like.The characters interaction was excellent, although some characters seemed like an empty shell, with only one trait.The romance was not unexpected and the book would be fine without it, since Callie periodically thinks of Shiv in love dovey way every twenty pages or so Hey guys, so I just finished Realm of the Goddess by Sabina Khan and whew..man..gods.that went by rapidly Seriously,the entire story was fast paced, like one moment the main character is doing one thing, then next she is like onto tomorrow afternoon or something I think the author writing in such a rushed fashion hindered and helped the story For one, the travel scenes werent too much of a bore, however, I would have liked someinteraction between Shiv and Callie.OMG I love Shiv Hey guys, so I just finished Realm of the Goddess by Sabina Khan and whew..man..gods.that went by rapidly Seriously,the entire story was fast paced, like one moment the main character is doing one thing, then next she is like onto tomorrow afternoon or something I think the author writing in such a rushed fashion hindered and helped the story For one, the travel scenes werent too much of a bore, however, I would have liked someinteraction between Shiv and Callie.OMG I love Shiv He is just.mmmhmmmmthere aint no way Callie could have resisted his charm And I admired Callie as well, during the storyline I think she acted in a completely rational manner considering she learned of all the irrational aspects within her world WHich mostly included chaos caused by HIndu Gods and Goddess and enraged demons Yep Lovely right Just a normal day in the neighborhood Ha I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed how Hindu mythology was tied so effortlessly into this book ANd not just because I like the realm of mythology, but just because how the author wielded it within the pagesahhh, so perfect and so intriguing Truly Though this story did remind me a bit of other stories that have Hindu myth elements, like The Ash Mistry Chronicles and The Tigers Curse series, but I suppose that is to be expected NOnetheless, I enjoyed the book,so sad it ended so abruptly and I hope the author has written a sequelANy questions I loved reading about the gods, godessess, and demons of the ancient hindu religion It is an excellent read about the rich culture, traaditions, and foods of India.I liked that Callie did not need Shiv to rescue her out of the situations and that she was a strong, independent girl. I really enjoyed this story, it was interesting and had lots of action and surprise twists It was fun to see Callie grow as the story progressed and she started on her quest I can t wait to see what she does next Fun read Romancing the Stone and Indiana Jones but with a female protagonist Loads of mystery, adventure, mythology and romance Great for young adults currently enjoying The Fault in Our Stars and Hunger Games. Would you put your trust in strangers to save the ones you loved Would you allow an ancient prophecy to change your life Seventeen year old Callie discovers she is an avatar of the powerful Hindu Goddess Kali and she has to save the world from Mahisha, the King of Demons Now Callie has to accept her fate and control her powers Before she can face Mahisha, she must find the Sword of Knowledge that the Immortals had given Kali five thousand years ago As Callie embarks upon the dangerous quest to find this weapon, she must travel deep into the jungles of India to find a temple only spoken of in legends The Rakshakari, who are sworn to protect the Goddess, guide her on this treacherous journey, fraught with demons and mortal conspiracies She is accompanied by the gorgeous, enigmatic Shiv for whom she feels an inexplicable but undeniable attraction Can she trust Shiv with her life or are there dark forces at work that will divide loyalties and leave Callie at the mercy of Mahisha and his army of demons In a timeless tale of good versus evil, travel across the world to a place that time has forgotten Here lies the answer to an ancient riddle Here lies the fate of humanity I liked that this story has a strong female protagonist and I also found the Hindu mythology very interesting There is plenty of suspense and action, as well as a bit of romance An enjoyable read. Realm of the Goddess is about a 17 year old Indian girl named Callie Callie has had a fairly average life, until one day she introduces herself to the new very attractive boy in school, Shiv Shortly after meeting this mysterious boy, Callie s parents go missing and she is attacked by an actual demon, only to be saved at the last minute by the heroic Shiv After this shocking turn of events, Callie is understandably confused and upset Without anywhere else to go, Callie turns to Shiv and his Realm of the Goddess is about a 17 year old Indian girl named Callie Callie has had a fairly average life, until one day she introduces herself to the new very attractive boy in school, Shiv Shortly after meeting this mysterious boy, Callie s parents go missing and she is attacked by an actual demon, only to be saved at the last minute by the heroic Shiv After this shocking turn of events, Callie is understandably confused and upset Without anywhere else to go, Callie turns to Shiv and his family for help Shiv s family tells Callie that the Hindu myths are actually true, and that she is a reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali Although this should have been a rather exciting revelation, Callie s powers mean that she is the main target of the evil Hindu god, Mahisha Now, Callie must come to terms with her new identity, train for combat, and try to rescue her parents Thankfully, she has plenty of help along the way from Shiv and his family.This book was really a delightful read It was refreshing to have a very realistic female protagonist Callie is clumsy but highly motivated to learn enough to save her parents Her feelings throughout the book are well portrayed and highly relatable, making her a perfect mirror for many young women who might pick up this book Additionally, this book goes far beyond the 5f s in its portrayal of Indian and Hindu culture, giving an outsider an accurate perspective and an insider a great reflection I would strongly recommend this book to fans of mythology, the Percy Jackson series, or the Harry Potter series