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Divine Dancers - The Legend of Meneka (Divine Dancers, Book 1)

By Kritika H. Rao

A spicy romantasy steeped in Indian Mythology.

The Legend of Meneka is the first in a Romantasy duology that reimagines the Indian myth about a celestial dancer who is tasked with seducing a mortal sage, but when she begins to fall in love with her mark she will be forced to choose between loyalties and being true to herself—an exploration of female identity, our inner cosmic power, and finding love within ourselves.

Format: Trade Paperback
Release Date: 16 Jan 2025
Pages: 400
ISBN: 978-0-00-865047-6
Price: £14.99 (Export Price) , £14.99, €None
Kritika H. Rao is a speculative and children’s fiction author, who has lived in India, Australia, Canada, and The Sultanate of Oman. Whether writing for younger audiences or adults, Kritika’s stories are influenced by her lived experiences, and explore themes of self vs. the world, identity, and the nature of consciousness. When she is not writing, she is probably making lists. She drops in and out of social media; you might catch her on Instagram @KritikaHRao. Visit her online at

'Sensual and thought-provoking, a romantic fantasy unlike any other' -

Shannon Chakraborty, New York Times bestselling author of The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi -

'The Legend of Meneka is a celebration of all that makes a story truly, wildly, and ecstatically epic. Rao's prose hums with starlight and her dazzling reimagining deftly blends ancient philosophy with the story of a woman emerging into her own power. As befits a retelling of one of the most celebrated celestial nymphs in Hindu myth, this book is nothing short of resplendent' -

Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Tale of the Flower Bride -

'Sultry, powerful, and deeply felt, this is a wondrous tale of two lovers on opposing sides of a growing war between the human and the divine. Meneka is a driven and cunning protagonist who embodies all the strength of feminine intelligence and power, and I was entirely drawn into the world that Kritika H. Rao unravels out of ancient Indian myth and literature. Rao's writing is utterly compelling, and I believe she will continue to be a powerful figure in speculative fiction' -

Hannah Kaner, Sunday Times bestselling author of Godkiller -

'The Legend of Meneka is a lustrously beautiful mythic romance, both empowering and seductive' -

Tasha Suri, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Jasmine Throne -

'With sumptuous language and sultry, high stakes romance, this is a glittering gem of a book' -

Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf and The Foxglove King -