Mahtab Narsimhan

THE DEADLY CONCH

After the conclusion of The Silver Anklet, Tara’s triumphant return to Morni is short-lived. Tara’s deceased stepmother, Kali, seeks revenge through her daughter, Layla. And so begins a series of carefully orchestrated events to cast suspicion on Tara: a dead dog in the village temple, contaminated well water, and whispers that Tara is possessed by the demonic spirit of Zarku’s mother Zara.

Layla fuels the villagers’ blind superstitions and fears. Soon all of Morni is against Tara, even her own family. Death seems to be the only way to stop her evil stepsister.

Tara turns to Lord Yama and his deadly conch for help. He takes her to the Underworld to seek advice, but when she returns, she has only twenty-four hours to prove her innocence and to save the village before she must go back to the World of the Dead. Forever.

Can Tara believe in herself once more to defeat Layla, or will Lord Yama and his deadly conch claim their next victim?

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