The Tale of Asha series is a collection of fantasy short stories following the strange adventures of the herbalist Asha and the nun Priya as they travel across India
Volume 1: Death contains three stories.
The Lotus Cave
Asha, a traveling herbalist, investigates a local legend about a demon that drank up a river and the young Buddhist nun who restored the river but never returned from the lotus cave.
The Fever Mist
Asha and Priya tend a young boy with a burning fever who is so sensitive to light and sound that he must hide in a blacked out house. Only his father’s confession can lead Asha to a cure, but the only cure may be death.
The Shining Scales
Asha and Priya meet a man who lost his wife and his sight, yet remains serenely content with his fortunes. Asha is almost ready to give up her travels for him, until she hears a mysterious ringing in the night.
A note about The Other Earth series
This is a work of historical fantasy. Some of this world may seem familiar to you. But in this world, Europe never emerged from the last Ice Age and only the southern areas are habitable. North Africa is cool, wet, and fertile. The Himalayan Mountains are a shield wall against the northern glaciers. Ancient nations such as the Persian Empire have persisted, though others, such as the Romans, never rose to power. Some of the countries in this world reflect the cultures and attitudes of the Renaissance while others reflect the Industrial Age. Historical figures from our world appear, though they too may be strange to you. Don’t expect this world to conform to the history that you know. The people and places are different. The climate and wildlife are different. Even death is different here.
This is a book of short stories set in an existing alternate timeline series. For those who don’t know what alternate timeline books are, they are basically books that are written on Earth but in there are different changes to the Earth. The best way to reference this would be the show Sliders. Each time, they slid to another Earth, but there were variances, such as America never became its own country, Space Flight was never discovered, etc.
Basically the reason for alternate timeline fiction is to play what if. What if this event never happened. What if this event happened differently.
This was my first experience with this author. They were really interesting stories. I enjoyed them greatly. In my opinion, alternate timeline fiction is difficult to write. It is way too easy to fall back on the same types of differences. This author definitely had a fresh outlook.
I will be definitely looking for more of his work to read in the future.
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