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The Sultanpur Chronicles

Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

The Sultanpur Chronicles

Full Title: Shadowed City

Author: The Sultanpur Chronicles Achala Upendran
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

A darkness looms over the Sultanpuri Empire…

From the freezing mountains of Firozia to the high waves that break on Karizen’s rocky cliffs; from the cities and souks of Dastakar to the djinn-filled Eastern Desert, the Sultanpuri Empire, a rich collection of kingdoms and states, has lived in peace for over 300 years. Formed after the end of the Human–Rakshas Wars and ruled with an iron fist by the Imperial family, it has reached the pinnacle of influence and prosperity.

All of this, though, has come at a price: the restriction of magic among a chosen few, and the banishment of the powerful rakshasas.

But when a forbidden spell releases a rakshasi in the empire’s capital city, Sultanpur, the darkness that has been lurking below the surface comes bubbling forth, threatening to plunge the empire into chaos and envelop everything in its murderous embrace…

About the Author: 

Achala Upendran grew up reading and re-reading fantasy books. Her writing on fantasy and comic book media has appeared in a number of places, including Scroll, The Hindu BusinessLine and Caravan. You can find her online at

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