The Tigress and the Yogi by Shelley Schanfield

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"Although it’s clear that the story is a work of fantasy, the book is steeped in the ancient myths, folklore and energy of that country. The length and density of the spiritual message may put off casual readers. This impressive debut is more appropriate for those with an interest in Eastern philosophies."
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A talking tigress.
A wandering yogi.
A young woman's harrowing journey through an ancient land where chaos threatens gods and mortals alike.

A tigress speaks to the outcaste girl Mala, and as she flees in terror, she stumbles upon an irascible old yogi. Though she is an Untouchable and her very shadow may pollute the holy man, she offers him hospitality, and he accepts, repaying her kindness with stories that awaken her hunger for forbidden spiritual knowledge. Soon after he leaves, she is brutally orphaned and enslaved, but the Devi, the Mother Goddess, appears as the warrior goddess Durga and offers her hope. As time passes, Mala, with the Devi's help, gains the courage and strength to fight for her freedom.

Thus begins her quest for liberation, on which she meets gods and goddesses, high-born Brahmins and lowly keepers of the cremation grounds, outlaws and kings, and young Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who is prophesied to become the Buddha. She finds happiness for a brief moment, but when she again loses everything, she becomes an outlaw warrior who worships the dark goddess, Kali. She descends into madness and misuses the supernatural powers the goddess bestows, and when she again encounters the old yogi, she must decide whether to continue on the path of bloody vengeance or seek transcendence through the power of yoga.

The Tigress and the Yogi is a historical fantasy that brings to life the vivid mythical world of ancient India and transports the reader to the Buddha's time in a story filled with love and fear, anger and desire. This visionary novel creates a memorable portrait of a powerful woman, her extraordinary daughter, women, and the men they challenge and inspire. It examines the yearning for spiritual transformation and inner peace, and the ways in which the pursuit of wisdom and compassion can go terribly wrong.

Winner: 2016 Visionary Fiction IPPY Award. Scroll up and grab a copy today.

Visit shelleyschanfield.com to connect with the author and read more about yoga, the Buddha, and ancient India's rich mythology and mystical traditions.

The Sadhana Trilogy
The Tigress and the Yogi
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About Shelley Schanfield

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Because she loves historical fiction, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha. Unsatisfied with what she found, she decided to write her own. Her research had sparked her curiosity about Yasodhara, the woman who became Siddhartha's wife. On the night their first child was born, he left her and his newborn son to seek enlightenment. How did she feel about this? From a woman's perspective, Yasodhara's story was more compelling than her husband's. Thus began the Sadhana trilogy, three visionary novels blending history and fantasy to illustrate the personal and spiritual struggles of women who knew Siddhartha.
 
Published January 30, 2016 by Lake House Books. 382 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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"Although it’s clear that the story is a work of fantasy, the book is steeped in the ancient myths, folklore and energy of that country. The length and density of the spiritual message may put off casual readers. This impressive debut is more appropriate for those with an interest in Eastern philosophies."

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