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Greek mythology inspires teen's debut novel

books Updated: Aug 24, 2011 09:58 IST

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Inspired by stories from Greek mythology, a Delhi schoolboy spins a magical tale of fantasy envisaging the defeat of evil by a teen wizard who the author hopes would go on to be popular in the country.

Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit released Damien Black: The Battle of Lost Ages a fantasy novel by 14-year-old Kevin Solomon Missal in the national capital recently.

"The book is about Damien Black a teenager who belongs to a hunter clan," says the author Missal, who is studying  in class X. Started as a summer vacation project, the book, says Missal was completed within of two months.

"It is fascinating to see that the book has been inspired by Greek mythology characters. Such good work by young authors must carry on," Dikshit said after releasing the book.

The Chief Minister said parents should encourage their children to write books and explore avenues that interest them.

With elaborate graphic illustrations, the novel published by Diamond Books, describes the journey of young Damien from his school, where he falls in love, to the battle with the evil.

According to the author, the book is for teenagers and the characters with interesting Greek names are inspired from his real life.