I have been reading "Tantrics of Old" as my Diwali book for 24 Festive Task but I've reluctantly decided to DNF it at 30%.
The ideas behind the book are fascinating - a ruined but magical Old Kolkata contrasted with a clean and shiny New Kolkata that outlaws magic - a newish take on demons and witches and necromancers.
Sadly, the writing plods along, the structure of the storytelling is clumsy and the characters are too thinly drawn to care about.
When I found myself treating reading it as a chore I decided to DNF it.
So now I need another book for Diwali.
This time I'm going with: "a book that is the latest in a series".
The latest Peter Grant / Rivers of London book, "Lies Sleeping" dropped onto my audible TBR shelf this week so I'm picking that as the replacement.
I'm certain that reading it won't be a chore.