The Vikramaditya Trilogy: Book 1 – The Guardians of the Halahala

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TitleThe Vikramaditya Trilogy: Book 1 – The Guardians of the Halahala

Publisher : Jaico Publishing

Cover Ratings: 4.9/5

Preview: The title and the cover of the book is fierce and dominates the appearance a dagger looking royal and pristine, but bold enough to hint what the book beholds.

While many may contemptuously flick history as tales of the dead and gone, it has in recent times emerged a one of the best received genre. The art of combining fascinating history with appetizing mythology has not really been around but the Author seems to have carved his way in and has come to stay with a lasting impression. The recipe remains a guarded secret, for all you must know its voluminous amount of research and caliber served hot. The Author has fused legend, mythology, the known, the unknown and the lesser known with an applaud worthy element of mystery. He has sketched the characters of the tale racing against time and has maintained a generous pace. Bon Appétit!

The mythological element in the book is placed in a very contemporary setting, which runs parallel to the Vikramaditya era.

The tale runs a narration across an honour the legendary King Vikramaditya upholds interknitted with although debatable yet an indelible incident of mythology the Amritmanthan. The tale opens with an intriguing narration and holds the reader to a cliff hanger until the end. The Guardian of Halahala is themed on an unexpected plot. It’s a tale of courage, wisdom, passion, kingship, deceit, defeat, greed and victory. The Vikramaditya trilogy sets off with a tale from mythology and history.

Review: 

Epic narrates that Lord Shiva, the supreme god had swallowed the deadly, all destructive poison The Halahala that was thrown out during the churning of the White Lake.  Halahala holds the capacity to annihilate the evil and the good, the Devas and the Asuras to nil.

But what remained untold and unknown was that, a diminutive portion of the Halahala was stolen by a conniving asura and was hidden in a dagger. What unfurls in this tale of strength and courage is the war to poses the poison, coz the one who owns the lethal poison could destroy his enemy. Overpowered by greed and thirst for power the Devas and Asuras have embarked upon a fierce battle. Lord Shiva had acquired the poison and had guarded it for a time unknown, now it was time to bestow the guardianship of the Halahala upon a protector, safekeeper, the king of his words, the guard of honour, King Vikramaditya and his council of nine priceless courtmen. Duty bound to battle the Devas and Asuras, the King and his council aboard a journey to exploit their intellect and strength to guard the poison.

From the plots of the forces of Indra and Shukracharya, only mankind can contest the mystic powers to save the universe.

Shatrujeet Nath has created a very compelling and intriguing character sketch of Lord Shiva, every arch in the narration brings him to life. However to me, the portrayal of King Vikramaditya was the awe worthy, his might, his intellect, the courage the wisdom is very richly narrated. The language is affluent and the book speaks to the readers. There was no moment when the tale missed a beat.

What I loved : The entire novel is a fast pace thriller read. Although there are multiple characters and depiction, each one stands distinct of the other.  A perfectly crafted hard-hitting, intense tale that takes readers to a time undiscovered. Shatrujeet Nath commendably blends reality and fiction into one compelling tale maintaining steady and unexpected twist in the plot.

What could have been better: There isn’t anything essentially a put off in the book. But I believe there was a tiny scope where the Author could have spiced up the political angle of the tale. However with the lasting effect that the book has created this bit can be ignored.

All in All: The story is interknitted with action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful of mythological and legendary elements that get under your skin and challenges the way you perceive history, as only few of the talented authors can. This was the book 1 of the Vikramaditya Triology..looking forward to the the book two in the series!

Overall rating: 5/ 5

Where can you buy it? 

http://www.amazon.in/Vikramaditya-Trilogy-Book-Guardians-Halahala/dp/818495638X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431420052&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=he+guardians+of+halahala

THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS- SUHAIL MATHUR

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The Bhairav Putras an epic tale set forth in the pre -independence India that revolves around a rebel of Bhairavwasis against British despotism. The central character of the saga Keshav Raichand, the young and dynamic son of the local zamindar and his companions, plot a revolution to overthrow the British imperialist from their soil. What follows is a nerve-racking adventure knit with nail-biting twist.

Interestingly the tale holds parallel plot which pivots around a hunt for a long forgotten book written during the rule of Ashoka-The Great. The book is the key to many undisclosed….even the solution to oust the British oppressors. When Keshav and his companions board the journey to discover this long lost book, they come across by four mysterious men of unusual strength and courage, The Vairavars. As the story unfolds, the true identity of these mysterious strangers unfurls.

Suhail Mathur, it’s an admirable novel with an amazing narrative that makes this book speak to the readers. It is laudable that you played with so many plots in this one tale yet managed to maintain the essence of all.

The tale is a wonderful interweave of history and fiction. A sure shot page turner!!

Awaiting to read the coming ones!!

I would rate this book a 4.9 pointer in a scale of 5.

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Myriad tales

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So finally done with Suhail‘s Myriad tales…it was a wonderful ride from thriller to horror to comedy…the book is a complete package..U can feel a series of emotional twist with every story.. each story is unique in its own. It will be a treat for readers with tastes in multiple genre.

Suhail’s Atarahbaham- Mahabharata Remixed was hilarious all the way down. Was filled with quasi known characters..and the portrayal of every chapter of Mahabharata was beautiful. A sure proposal for a stage play! Saurabh Chawla’s The Raveled Mystery! is enticing the plot revolves around a triple murder and it’s investigation. A wonderful read! And then my school friend Ayush Agarwal..You were a surprise..your story The Letter is a puzzle that takes a reader to a tangent..it’s gripping and keeps u hanging.. all in all the book is a treat of 32 short stories that rides a reader through a sweet, shocking, scary, nail-biting and hilarious journey. All the best to all the wonderful 32 !

Detailed review on each story coming soon…

The Shivputra Chronicles TRIPURANTAKA by Vikrant R Utekar

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Here is my review on one of the most recently published mythological fiction- The Shivputra Chronicles TRIPURANTAKA by Vikrant R Utekar. The cover art of the book is designed by one of the most phenomenal artist I have come across, Anirudh Sainath. It has elements which generate enough interest in readers to pic the book. It depicts the lead character drawing a magnificent bow armed with the most destructive weapon to annihilate the evil.

The book is an illusory classic tale revolving around six gifted prodigies of the three Kings of Gods, who are the last line of defense between mythology and reality called the Devputras. The novel is set in the fourth quarter of the world’s lifespan-The Kalyuga. The protagonist of the tale is Chandrashekhar Kashyap, The Shivputar; the one who carries the gift of lord Shiva and Shakti, the manipulator of energy; the one with phenomenal strength and speed, the daughter of goddess Adishakti. The Devputras are the chosen heroes to fight the battles against the evil that no ordinary can fight. They reside at a fictitious place in the outskirts of Mumbai called Vaikuntha. Where the six chosen ones are in charge of training, survival and subsistence of the other sons and daughters of other elementary gods and goddesses. The tale starts with the Chandrashekhar rescuing Shakti from the capture of a Rakshasa and introducing her to her real self and the power she was gifted with. What follows is a nail-biting adventure woven with several twists and turns, that ends on a very optimistic note.

The story carries an interesting plot which pivots around a premonition of the rise of the greatest evil against the world. When Chandrashekhar and Shakti embark on an onerous journey to discover their own capabilities and strengths they are guided by the greatest of Gurus, the devout Shiva worshiper. There are several anticlimactic points in the tale that keep the readers guessing as to the true identity of the Devputras. The tale cleverly interweaves elements of mythology with the fictional events and this makes the narrative all the more realistic and one can connect to it.

Vikrant R Utekar has done a commendable job with the brilliant and power-packed narrative style that he has employed in writing this book–a more than promising start for a debut author. Interweaving so many characters in a single tale and yet maintaining the credibility and logic, is quite a challenging task. Vikrant has ensured this to the tee.

There is one aspect which I need to mention here though. The romantic angles in the story is handled in a somewhat abrupt fashion. Perhaps this is an area that Vikrant might want to work on. Having said that, the above factor is not of prime concern as the story is mainly a mythological fiction.

Lastly, the book ends with a subtle promise of a sequel that will keep the readers craving for more! One will definitely get hooked to the book !

I would rate this novel a  4 pointer on a scale of 5.

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The Serpentine Scroll by Alcatraz Dey

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It made me sit straight and kept me awake till I turned the very last page. The book begins with an intense scene where the protagonist ISHIN wakes up to a dreadful dream and realizes he is in different country…..the book unfolds to the best kept unknown secrets and its colossal legacy. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power.
The author has very playfully tackled multiple plots in the story which are intertwined yet parallel..the intensity of the narration pushes a reader to skip a couple of pages to know what’s going to happen next and who is pulling the strings. There is love, lies and secrets in various shades adding new dimensions to the story. A breathtakingly fast-paced thriller full of characters, head-snapping plots, twists, impeccable research, and a ride revealing unexpected and nail-biting suspense. A perfectly crafted hard-hitting, intense thriller that takes readers to the top of the cliff and dangles them over the edge. Alcatraz Dey commendably blends reality and fiction into one compelling tale.

The Serpentine Scroll is interknitted with action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful of social and spiritual elements that get under your skin and challenges the way you think as only the most talented writers can. If you’re looking for a mind-bending tale, strap in and take the ride with The Serpentine Scroll…let loose with the adrenaline rush which will not let you sleep till you finish reading it.
Interestingly the author in the end promises a sequel of this part..which the readers will be compelled to look forward to!!

I would rate this novel a  4.9 pointer on a scale of 5.

Book Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1xdTlmG9LU

Book Source : http://www.amazon.in/SERPENTINE-SCROLLS-Alcatraz-Dey/dp/8192982785/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421867970&sr=8-1&keywords=serpentine+scrolls

Publisher : Red Ink Publishers
Price : Rs. 140/-