Title: Cheetaka, Queen of the Giants
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 232
Synopsis: When nine year old Tara is hurtled into Giant Land, she is not the only one amazed. The giants too are astounded to see a human being in the flesh; they believed humans were fictitious creatures, found in story books.
The greatest ruler of the Giant Lands is Queen Cheetaka who believes, 'With Strength comes Responsibility'. She takes Tara into her care and soon Tara and her son, Montek, are good friends. Queen Cheetaka is determined to restore Tara to her own world, for which she takes the help of a wise, old giant, Aaloma.
After six centuries of peace, trouble is brewing in the Giant Lands. Druaka, a weak and egoistic ruler and his ambitious son, Trimo, have broken the ancient law banning magic. Worse, along with evil magician Mamahak, they are convinced Tara is a powerful magician. They want to capture her, and gain her 'magic powers.'
Aaloma finds the way to the human world. It goes through the Black Forest, the Ice Lands, and the Great Waterfalls, all of which are extremely hazardous.
To enslave the Giant lands, Mamahak starts giving potions to Trimo’s soldiers, to give them abnormal strength and a lust for blood and gore.
Queen Cheetaka knows Trimo has to be stopped before he has an army of such giants, or Mighty beasts as he calls them. She trains her soldiers, and learns magic, though she is aware of its dangers. Does not magic often enslave the magician?
She confronts Trimo’s forces with a handful of soldiers in the Black Forest. But in the midst of all that danger, she does not forget Tara.
Cheetaka, Queen of the Giants is an exciting tale set in a faraway land filled with giants, magic and of course evil doers.
When the ship she is traveling on begins to sink, Tara finds herself separated from her parents and on a life boat in rough seas. Once the waves calm, Tara realizes she is drifting towards land. She eagerly awaits arrival in hopes of being reunited with her parents, but what she finds is utterly amazing. Far from home in a region inhabited by giants, Tara gains favor with the Queen who in turn vows to help her get home. However, when the evil Druaka and his son Trimo decide to capture Tara, Queen Cheetaka must put her rescue plans on hold and save her own land instead. Will Tara ever get home?
Cheetaka, Queen of the Giants is an imaginative and highly engaging story that appeals to readers of all ages. I found the story to be well written and I loved all the creative characters. The story moves along at a fast pace and easily drew me in. The author has a gift for story-telling and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
I recommend picking up a copy. To find out more about Cheetaka, Queen of the Giants and other stories by Gita V. Reddy visit https://sites.google.com/site/gitavreddy