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The Coward And The Sword


Longlisted | Book Awards 2022 | Writings for Young Adults

The Coward And The Sword

Full Title: The Coward And The Sword

Author: Jugal Hansraj and Ruchi Shah
Publisher: Harper Collins India

Award Category: Writings for Young Adults
About the Book: 

The Kingdom of Kofu is ruled by the brave king Rissho. Its people are courageous and skilled in war. With one exception. Prince Kadis, the sixteen-year-old heir to the kingdom. He is not brave. He is not courageous. He is not skilled in war. Kadis knows in his heart that he does not fit in. That he is different. That he is a coward.

Until one day, a seemingly chance encounter changes his life completely. Armed with the mystical sword of Kofu, the timid prince and his two young friends, embark on an epic trip to bring peace to the warring kingdoms of Kofu and Molonga.

Will the young prince overcome his fears and will peace win against war? Will Prince Kadis discover that a sword doesn't make you brave, your heart does ...

About the Author: 

Jugal Hansraj is a film actor, writer and National Award-winning filmdirector, originally from Mumbai, India. He began working in filmsfirst as a child actor – Masoom (1983) being the most notable. He thenwent on to become a lead actor in films like Papa Kahte Hain (1996) andMohabbattein (2000) among others. In 2006 he turned writer-directorand made the animation film Roadside Romeo (2008) and in 2010 hedirected the feature film Pyaar Impossible! He's still seen on screen asan actor at regular intervals. His first book as author, Cross Connection– The Big Circus Adventure, was published in 2017. The Coward & TheSword is his second novel. He is currently based in New York.

Ruchi Shah is a book illustrator/wall artist. She is an alumnus of University of theArts, London and IDC, IIT Bombay. She received the Charles Wallace Scholarship in2012 through the British Council. Her works explore places, spaces, materials andstories of everyday life. In the past, she has worked with Yahoo as a senior designer.

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