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In the sequel to her critically acclaimed, bestselling novel, The Wildings, Nilanjana Roy takes us back to the Delhi neighbourhood of Nizamuddin and its unforgettable cats - Mara, Southpaw, Katar, Hulo and Beraal. As they recover slowly from their terrible battle with the feral cats, they find their beloved locality changing around them. Winter brings an army of predatorsIn the sequel to her critically acclaimed, bestselling novel, The Wildings, Nilanjana Roy takes us back to the Delhi neighbourhood of Nizamuddin and its unforgettable cats - Mara, Southpaw, Katar, Hulo and Beraal. As they recover slowly from their terrible battle with the feral cats, they find their beloved locality changing around them. Winter brings an army of predators - humans, vicious dogs, snakes, bandicoots along with the cold and a scarcity of food Unless Mara can help them find a safe haven, their small band will be wiped out forever. With the assistance of a motley group of friends Doginder, a friendly stray Hatch, a cheel who is afraid of the sky; Thomas Mor, an affable peacock Jethro Tail, the mouse who roared and the legendary Senders of Delhi - Mara and her band set out on an epic journey to find a place where they can live free from danger. With all the brilliance and originality of its predecessor, The Hundred Names of Darknessbrings the story of Mara and the enormously appealing cats of Nizamuddin to a breath-taking conclusion....

Title : The Hundred Names of Darkness
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ISBN : 9789382277774
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 313 Pages
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The Hundred Names of Darkness Reviews

  • Pranav
    2018-12-22 16:57

    This is the sequel to Nilanjana Roy’s first book ‘The Wildlings’. If you haven’t read it, please do it before you read this book. The story continues seamlessly from the first book and you’ll need to frequently draw details from it. In the second book we get more vivid characters, more senders, more dilapidated conditions of the strays, fights that are more violent and Mara finally stepping out of the house. There are also some grand revelations about Mara the Sender, who is a still a kitten that’s maturing up fast.Circumstances have however, made Southpaw hasten his transition into an early adulthood. He is now shown as risking his life invading kitchens to steal food. Outside there is just not enough. After the big fight (from the first book) humans have shunned the cats. During one of his raids, Southpaw gets hurt and is saved with the joint heart-warming efforts of Cats, Kites and the Bigfeet. A trip to the doctor turns into an adventure for him as he lands in a Golf Course.Mara steps out of her comfort zone and is totally petrified by the outside. She visits Beraal, does much soul-searching and makes new friends. There are newer characters like Baby kites, Peacocks, Bandicoots and a lovable friendly Dog named Doginder. After Miao’s death Mara was left with no one to guide her, but not for long. A guild of Senders invite her and describe the purpose of a Sender in a clan, to her. The Grand Finale, as in the first book, is a Grand Fight won by a Grand Sending. The epilogue provides much more resolution and ties the story up nicely.However, just like the first book, the story has its darkness. Human-Animal interactions both positive and negative are well explored. There are people who take hurt stray animals to the vets and also those who throw things at them at their very sight. Those who poison dustbins and those who regularly feed these animals. The author has also mixed scenes well to accentuate the difference between in-house and stray animals. For example, while Mara complains that her Bigfeet don’t play with her enough, Beraal’s kittens are licking plastic milk packets while living in perpetual hunger. Then, there is the ultimate realization, in the final fight, that these cats are essentially deadly carnivore predators as they rather ruthlessly slaughter their enemies, as Nature intends them to do.You will be glad that Nilanjana Roy hasn’t written this as a pure children’s book laden with morals or a pure adult book laden with philosophy. She remains honest to the nature of animals. She doesn’t recognize or glorify the usual stereotypes that we associate with pets. 'The Hundred names of Darkness’ ends well the story of ‘Mara and her Friends’. But Who knows? A Cat’s life in a city like Delhi must always be filled with uncertainties. A Third book is always welcome.

  • Jaclyn
    2018-12-19 20:50

    Love love love! I can’t say enough good things about this book and this duology as a whole. If you loved The Wildlings, you’ll enjoy this book and delight in returning to the company of Mara and the Nizamuddin cats. If you haven’t read The Wildlings yet, I highly recommend giving it a try if you like cats and stories of magic, friendship and the importance of home.Full review on my blog:

  • Monika
    2018-12-24 15:45

    IF it was possible I loved this sequel to "The Wildlings" even more than the Wildlings itself. There was something about the struggle of Mara, Beeral, Southpaw and the pressure the Hatch felt, the fear, the joy, the friendship. Everything spoke to me in a way that a book hasn't done in a while. I was at a strange place in my head when I read these two books and they had a very calming/happy effect on me. Strongly recommend reading if you haven't alread

  • Maia Moore
    2019-01-07 23:04

    Original review posted here* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *This book picks up where The Wildings left off – after the battle with the ferals, the Bigfeet are making life hard for the wildings, and that coupled with a hot dry summer mean they’ll face starvation unless Mara can find somewhere else to live.Again, this took me longer to read than a book of this length normally would. I think it’s because it does read more like a classic than the usual YA I read, and I always read classics slower/struggle with them a little. But I really enjoyed entering this world again, spending time with the familiar characters, meeting some new ones and seeing them all grow and change.Mara meets some fellow Senders and learns what it means to be a Sender. When a chance accident forces her outside her home she has to learn to be brave in the outside world. It was great to see her facing her fears and stepping up to her role as Sender. We also get to learn a bit more about her history, with some surprising revelations.While we do see a lot of the old characters we loved in the first book, I missed Ozzy and the zoo animals in this sequel – I really wanted to see more of them. Still, the new characters made up for the lack of tigers. Thomas, a peacock who lives on a golf course, was a great new addition and made me laugh a fair few times.The villains of this story weren’t as scary as the ferals, but what they lacked in creepiness they made up for in volume. I loved the way the different plotlines of the book wove into each other and how everything was resolved in the end. It was a neatly tied-off ending but I’m still holding out hope that there’s more to come from Mara and her friends!

  • Chitra Ahanthem
    2018-12-30 16:50

    The Hundred Names of Darkness by Nilanjana Roy takes readers through the by lanes of Nijammudin in Old Delhi and the cats that live and battle it out with other night creatures. There are cats with superpowers that derives strength from their whiskers...and there is a battle to boot. Humans are bigfeet to the cats and most are mean bullies though a couple prove to be the exception.The book jacket tells me this book is the sequel to an earlier book and yes, I was at a disadvantage for a majority of the book till I got the bit about the cat(s) with super powers...but yes, this is an engaging story no doubt.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-05 21:52

    I didn't write a review for the first book because I wasn't sure what to say about it. I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. The writing style is pretty good for YA (I don't tend to read a whole lot of YA for this reason). I suppose it's a bit ridiculous to wish that the "cat facts" were more realistic, in a book about cats that are sentient beings that can speak to one another though whisker-link, but there were definitely a few things that bothered me. I enjoyed the second book more than the first - maybe because I was more invested in the characters.

  • Jean Kirby
    2019-01-08 15:58

    Bok 2 in this excellent series about a group of cats in India. Nilanjana Roy is obviously an expert in all things to do with cats as she writes so knowledgeably about them. It is an exciting adventure which I loved reading as the author is a real story-teller. This is another exciting adventure, which I think is even better than the first book, "The Wildings", as it has less violence. I would recommend this to all years.

  • Rayne Dowell
    2018-12-25 18:01

    An insightful, poignant, and humorous look at the world through the eyes of animals. Their personalities leap off the pages and languidly seduce you to know them, and understand them and how they see the world. Highly recommend.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-23 22:01

    This book is enjoyable, but also... is it a children's book? It doesn't even seem to be an allegory. It is just straight up a cat love story, not that I hate a good cat love story.

  • Rhoddi
    2018-12-28 14:46

    Not as strong as the first book in the series, The Hundred Names of Darkness is still quite remarkable and a worthy sequel to The Wildings.

  • Vontel
    2018-12-25 21:48

    This is the sequel and conclusion to "The Wildings" which I read earlier this year. I'm looking forward to a good read. It was well worth the time and I quite enjoyed it. Recommend thses two books.

  • Carmen
    2019-01-01 18:49

    A continuation of an interesting Nimh-like tale set in Delhi, India. Cats and their psychic whiskers at the forefront, but fun other-animal characters too.

  • Kereesa
    2018-12-25 19:59

    While lacking the heart-pounding moments and suspense found in its predecessor, The Hundred Names of Darkness is still a worthy sequel to this wonderful little duology. Instead of a big bad, The Hundred Names of Darkness focuses on a more realistic narrative: finding a new home after the consequences of The Wildings.I initially compared the first in this series to the incomparable Watership Down, and while I definitely think that statement still stands (as after all, so much in this series is undeniably an ode to Adams from the seers, the battle for their home, the interspecies friendships to name but a few), The Hundred Names of Darkness kind of hits Watership's most important bit: humanity creates chaos for other living beings. And that's why The Hundred Names of Darkness is such an interesting piece in comparison to both Watership and Wildings. Wildings is an adventure book, a LOTR, final battle escapade that is full of...well...wildness. The Hundred Names of Darkness, by comparison, isn't. It's a softer story, one that looks at the real world and strips a bit of the nativity carried over from the first book. It's not completely stripped; the novel is lighter in terms of heartbreak than the first. But it is a little more serious. Just a little. Which I think is the more important point here. Battles, villains, all of these are great, but Roy's true thoughts on the world, its greed, cruelty, and fear, are much better presented in this sequel. And that's what makes it more thoughtful, almost, than the first one. And even though I think I will always love Wildings more, The Hundred Names of Darkness is a sweet finale that contains probably some of the best moments and characterization in the series. I think Mara alone proves that. But, if none of this convinces you to read this book, the British peacock and the cobra-killing Magnificat probably will.

  • Soumyabrata Sarkar
    2018-12-26 22:43

    A sequel to "The Wildlings", this one is as engaging as its predecessor. It's not even possible for me to finger out the best among this two. For me its still one tale, continuing to a second book, with the life of the lovable cats of Nizamuddin, though the geography that this book handles had now enlarged to other parts of Delhi as well as India too. Please read the previous one, if you haven't. It will turn you into a cat person, if you already are not.This book traces the origins of the protagonist Mara, and her mother. Also gives you a new evolving face of Delhi, that is changing and the troubles the local pets are facing in the emerging capital. Reading about the old characters in the new book feels like meeting old friends. Their behaviour is predictable. It is also equally easy to predict how the story will end. After a point the puns tend to get a little indulgent, the preaching even more so. The first book had the suspense build up to a crescendo culminating in that deadly battle. Here, the battle seems tame and the ending a tad too saccharine. The tale of the Hundred Names of Darkness was a fascinating one for me. The humor around the golf course public was amusing one, with Thomas and the others. .Though I missed the zoo in this book, Why is there so less of Ozzy in this?Waiting for the next book or this series to be made into motion pictures.Thanks to the author for sustaining that parallel dimensional portal open for me to dwelve into and enjoy this rich tale.A light-hearted yet though-provoking follow up of a must read.This one's a must read too. Highly Recommended!

  • Susan Johnston
    2019-01-01 16:44

    Princess Fuzzypants here:Being a cat myself, I love cat mysteries. I am not really "in" to fantasy books but I found one here that not only do I love, I did not want it to end. It is a great adventure story on its basic level.Mara is a Sender, perhaps the greatest Sender ever but she does not venture outside of her Indian home except through her long whiskers which have magical powers. Quite by accident, she is thrust into the world outside where she is lost and alone until she meets and makes friends with other members of her clan.She soon realizes that her Big Feet (humans) are not the norm. They are loving and kind but the street cats know a different kind of Big Feet, cruel and unthinking and impinging on the neighbourhood where they live and hunt. It becomes apparent that if the clan does not find a new home, they will not survive.The story is beautiful on so many levels. it is a story of coming of age and facing responsibilities. It is a story of alliances and learning to live amongst others not of your kind. It is about friendship and love and how remarkable things can happen when we work together.There is humour, there is pathos but at the core, there is a lot of heart. We truly enjoyed reading of Mara's journey. It is a story that can delight all ages and species.I give it a rousing five purrs and two paws up.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2019-01-12 19:47

    4 stars from Kate, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATUREDisclaimer: just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishersIn The Hundred Names of Darkness, Nilanjana Roy comes back to the cat colony she so convincingly established in The Wildings, back to the neighborhood of Nizamuddin in Delhi, and her irrepressible young Sender, Mara.The challenges the cats are facing now are more nebulous — and more realistic — than they were in The Wildings. Instead of a tightly-knit and vividly characterized group of feral cats (led by the chilling Datura, and a more convincingly mad villain I’ve never met!), the threat now is human development. The Bigfeet are building roads, cutting down trees, and polluting Nizamuddin. This human incursion into the previously-ignored and animal-inhabited spaces affects everyone, from the smallest mice to the predators at the top, the cats and the cheels (hawk-like birds). Animals are becoming ill, getting run over, and starving....4 stars from Kate, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

  • Aldeena
    2018-12-31 20:01

    Beautifully narrated, Nilanjana Roy does an incredible job with this sequel to 'The Wildings'. I must admit however that I was terribly disappointed with the cut-down in illustrations! Was expecting much more. That said, the book is lovely with a host of memorable characters as before and an array of puns -- the peacock Thomas Mor, and the Supreme Court cats Affid and Davit! It follows the problems of the Nizamuddin clan and the relationship between the clan and the Sender. Waiting for the next one now! :)

  • Sukanto
    2019-01-01 23:09

    You don't always need fantasy, if not somewhat fictitious characters, to spin such wonderful tales, as Nilanjana Roy shows again in this splendid sequel to The Wildings. Simple yet so richly laden with brilliant narrative, this tale of cats and other quadrupeds who co-habit this world along with us bipeds, is one super read indeed.

  • Anusha M
    2019-01-01 14:49

    The small story,'Hundred names of Darkness', in the middle of the book - Its the kind of bedtime story I want to read to my kids. The book is unputdownable and shows how much Nilanjana Roy has grown as a storyteller.

  • Dan Watts
    2018-12-20 17:07

    Like the first book this was a treat for animal lovers, as well as an interesting glimpse of Indian urban wildlife. It was bittersweet to see that us "Bigfeet" were the cause of so many problems for the animals, but things are sorted out in the end.

  • Kait
    2019-01-07 21:58

    I have not read a book so delightfully adventurous and beautifully crafted since Watership Down. A wonderful sequel to The Wildings and a perfect end to Mara's adventures. That being said, as long as Roy is writing, I will be reading her works.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-06 21:06

    Amazing sequel and I enjoyed just as much as the first. Love these cats, their friends and how it really is a family.Also all should note that "bigfeet" should be kind to all creatures, we must share our communities.

  • Céline Morais
    2018-12-26 15:58

    Même si bien écrit, l'intrigue se développe trop lentement et semble aller nulle part et trop de personnages nouveaux, sans intérêt. J'ai abandonné la lecture avant la fin.

  • Sadiq Kazi
    2018-12-29 14:47

    A feat of imagination! A fitting sequel.