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A drop of venom / by Sajni Patel.

Patel, Sajni, 1981- (author.).

"Sixteen-year-old Manisha is no stranger to monsters--she's been running from them for years, from beasts who roam the jungle to the King's army, who forced her people, the naga, to scatter to the ends of the earth. You might think that the kingdom's famed holy temples atop the floating mountains, where Manisha is now a priestess, would be safe--but you would be wrong. Seventeen-year-old Pratyush is a famed slayer of monsters, one of the King's most prized warriors and a frequent visitor to the floating temples. For every monster the slayer kills, years are added to his life. You might think such a powerful warrior could do whatever he wants, but true power lies with the King. Tired after years of fighting, Pratyush wants nothing more than a peaceful, respectable life. When Pratyush and Manisha meet, each sees in the other the possibility to chart a new path. Unfortunately, the kingdom's powerful have other plans. A temple visitor sexually assaults Manisha and pushes her off the mountain into a pit of vipers. A month later, the King sends Pratyush off to kill one last monster (a powerful nagin who has been turning men to stone) before he'll consider granting the slayer his freedom. Except Manisha doesn't die, despite the hundreds of snake bites covering her body and the venom running through her veins. She rises from the pit more powerful than ever before, with heightened senses, armor-like skin, and blood that can turn people to stone. And Pratyush doesn't know it, but the "monster" he's been sent to kill is none other than the girl he wants to marry. Alternating between Manisha's and Pratyush's perspectives, Sajni Patel weaves together lush language, high stakes, and page-turning suspense, demanding an answer to the question "What does it truly mean to be a monster?""-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781368092685
  • ISBN: 1368092683
  • Physical Description: 393 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2024.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Rick Riordan presents"
Target Audience Note:
Ages 14-18 Hyperion.
Grades 10-12 Hyperion.
Subject: Medusa (Gorgon) > Fiction.
Sexual abuse > Fiction.
Revenge > Fiction.
Fantasy > Fiction.
Retellings > Fiction.
Genre: Mythological fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Folk tales.
Young adult fiction.

Available copies

  • 5 of 12 copies available at SPARK Libraries. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Wales Area.


  • 2 current holds with 12 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Wales Area Library YA Patel (Text) 35410000848200 NWAL Young Adult Fiction Checked Out 03/04/2024

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