Genres: YA Fantasy Fiction
All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and
larger. Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a
python does its unsuspecting prey.
Nine year old Matilda ends up with a century old book through a
series of strange coincidences. And disappears. Her brother and cousins
are forced to suspend their hostilities and pursue her to Sceadu, a land
inside the human shadow. Once there, the reluctant visitors find
themselves chased by the vicious Hefigans, creatures of Sceadu. However,
everything changes with the revelation of an ancient prophecy that
foretells the doom of the world they left behind.
With the stakes suddenly raised, the children must now navigate the
dangerous terrain, overcome grave challenges, and unlock the secrets of
the shadow. But can they do it in time to thwart the plans of the
treacherous Hefigans? Or will they succumb to the guile of a ruthless
enemy who is equally determined to destroy mankind?
Sceadu is a fast-paced adventure which blurs the boundary between the physical and the psychological, the real and the mythical.
Matilda sat at her old wooden desk, staring into the thick yellowed
pages of a book under a dull moth ridden beam cast by the night lamp.
But every time she blinked, it seemed as if the words had played a round
of musical chairs. And the moths, fluttering through the words at times
and hovering over them at others, did not make things any easier.
Matilda was about to turn the page when there was a tug at her feet.
It was a very gentle one, almost imperceptible. Surprised, she glanced
down, but there was nothing. Perhaps it’s just my imagination, she
thought. She was about to shake her thick dark brown curls out of her
face when she felt it again.
Matilda pushed her head down and looked into the dark void with
furrowed brow. Her skinny legs stared back. But before she could decide
on whether she had actually felt anything, there was another tug, an
unmistakable one this time. And another one. The truth suddenly dawned
upon Matilda. It was her shadow, trying to drag her into itself.
Matilda jerked back the chair, kicking hard at her shadow. But it
snapped back, pulling at her even more viciously. She stomped upon it
repeatedly. But the dark grey shape began jabbing at her feet and
ankles. Matilda pushed herself up and made a frantic attempt to run. But
her legs refused to move, and she almost toppled forward.
All this while, Matilda’s shadow had been growing larger and larger.
Suddenly, it lunged out of the ground and swallowed her, like a python
does its unsuspecting prey.
Prashant Pinge was born and brought up in the picturesque neighbourhood of Shivaji Park in the bustling city of Mumbai in India.
A quiet and diligent student throughout his schooling and college
years, Prashant proceeded to pursue electrical engineering at Purdue
University in the United States. Over the next decade, he accumulated
three more degrees, a master of science in management from Lancaster
University, a post graduate program in management from Indian School of
Business, and a post MBA master in international management from
Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Apart from enjoying the company of books, Prashant had always had an
imaginative bent of mind. But writing only happened in the fall of 2003,
when a remarkably intriguing dream interrupted an uncharacteristically
deep spell of slumber, compelling him to stagger to his desk and pen
down the idea. That book is still a few years away from being written.
Prashant, however, continues to work from his cauldron of creativity and
churn out critically acclaimed works of fiction.
In addition to his literary pursuits, Prashant is Managing Partner in
his marketing and branding firm, Media Panther. In his spare time,
Prashant enjoys collecting old coins, reading fiction, travelling to
exotic destinations, watching movies, and listening to music. He
recently wrote and produced a short film titled Freedom of Expression.
Prashant is also keenly interested in the subjects of psychology,
mythology and ancient history.
Prashant lives with his wife and son in Mumbai.
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