It started out as a mad-hunt through the forest – for the kumiho, a fox with nine tails. But when the mob lost the shape-shifting creature to the night, they decided to wait for the monster to show herself. Slowly, the sounds of the night gave way to stories of the ‘dangerous’ kumiho from the now-relaxed mob. Hidden nearby, the kumiho would have slipped away unnoticed if it hadn’t been for the incorrect storytelling of Kim Suro and his Indian bride. Before she knew it, she was out there among the crowd, proudly announcing that she was indeed Kumiho, the monster they were pursuing.
It took a while, several shape-shiftings and the rescue of one of their children for her to get the terrified crowd’s confidence and calm attention. When finally she did, the magnificent Kumiho told them the true story of their ancestors. For, her story too was deeply entwined in the story of Kim Suro and Suriratna, the princess from Ayodhya.
A tale of magic, alluring dreams, adventurous journeys, strange creatures and battles of wits, The Forgotten Princess is a book that will be enjoyed by readers across ages.