Rohit Gaur, author
When a bomb goes off at the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in modern-day India, fourteen-year-old Tarun Sharma, son of the Chief Minister, is set on a journey he will never forget. After escaping from an attempted kidnapping and fleeing into the Kashmiri wilderness, Tarun happens upon a mysterious cave that belongs to none other than Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god known as the “remover of obstacles.” As it turns out, he needs Tarun’s help. What follows is an epic odyssey through the Veiled Lands, a magical world inhabited by strange creatures and infused with the life-giving power of prana. The goal? Retrieve the three sacred objects stolen from Ganesha by the cruel Serpentine, a faction bent on subjugating the inhabitants of the Veiled Lands—and eventually the human world as well. As Tarun rushes to complete his tasks before time runs out, he learns the valuable lessons of self-reliance, self-assurance, and self-sacrifice.