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The Deadly Conch

Tara Trilogy

by (author) Mahtab Narsimhan

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2011
Contemporary, General, Girls & Women
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
  • Reading age: 12 to 15


After the conclusion of The Silver Anklet, Taras triumphant return to Morni is short-lived. Taras deceased former 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 still possessed.

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 24 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? The harrowing conclusion to the thrilling Tara Trilogy answers these questions and more.

About the author

Mahtab Narsimhan is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Silver Birch Award winner The Third Eye. Her novel, The Tiffin (Dancing Cat Books, 2011), was nominated for numerous awards in Canada and was recently published in the United Kingdom and Taiwan. Mission Mumbai is her publishing debut in the United States. Mahtab is a native of Mumbai, India, and lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

Those of us who met Tara at the beginning of the trilogy have watched and worried as she confronted the forces of evil and their horrific plans for her. She made difficult decisions and personal sacrifices, all in an attempt to maintain what she saw as the common good. In this final volume, she realizes that hatred and revenge are concepts which have no place in her world. Thank you, Tara, and Mahtab Narsimhan, for a delightful series of adventures.

CM Magazine

“Mahatab Narsimhan has done a really good job giving mythology an engrossing modern plot. Read it for a quick adventurous read.”

The Guardian

"Narsimhan moves Tara smoothly from the real world to the mythological one, and back again.This is fantasy in the best sense no happy, Disney endings here this wonderful book brings the trilogy to the ending that it requires. This book is highly recommended."

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