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Queen of the Elements

An Illustrated Series Based on the Ramayana

Foreword by Robert P. Goldman / Illustrated by Anna Johansson
Published by Mandala Publishing
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Set in a world of kings and queens, celestial battles, invisible foes, and family rivalries, this epic tale forges legends in the fires of betrayal and prophecy.

In this one-of-a-kind trilogy based on the Ramayana, the darkness in the kingdom of Ayodhya continues to spread as Rama, rightful heir and favored son of King Dasharatha, is cast out of the city after an unthinkable betrayal. Facing a fourteen-year exile, Rama—accompanied by wife Sita and brother Lakshmana—embarks upon a journey that will spark a legend.

While struggling to survive in the mythical forests of ancient India, the trio encounters divine sages, unexpected allies, and an array of blood-drinking demons hell-bent on revenge. Throughout these ordeals, Sita discovers the true extent of her unique powers, Lakshmana battles with his own internal demons, and Rama struggles to make peace with his destiny in a kingdom on the verge of collapse.

Alternately told through the perspectives of Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana, Queen of the Elements reveals an entirely new side to this classic saga.

Vrinda Sheth was born in Sweden and was raised on stories from ancient India. She began writing while studying classical dance in Kalakshetra, South India. Vrinda has a BA in English from the University of Florida and lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.

Anna Johansson is a self-taught watercolor artist from Sweden. Her work has been featured in a variety of books and magazines. Her primary inspiration comes from the mystical yoga traditions of ancient India and the fantasy styles of Arthur Rackham and Warwick Goble. When she is not creating art, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughter.

 

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