Saturday, September 23, 2017

BookReview - Curse of the Kalingan - Nine Trilogy - Shobha Nihalani

During our author interaction week, I got a chance to interview Shobha Nihlani. Though during that time she didn't have any recent book release, she participated in the event looking at our enthusiasm. She also rewarded us with a complete set of "Nine" trilogy. A series which was part of our wishlist for more than two years. I would like to apologize to Shobha for delaying review of this wonderful book series.

Book Blurb
For thousands of years, the wisdom of the NINE has protected mankind from destroying itself. But a vengeful ancient spirit has returned to shatter the peace. With the help of magical powers, he has possessed a young man and mobilised black yogis to destroy the NINE. Plucked from their ordinary lives, empowered with special abilities, Tara, Akash and Zubin are swept into an occult world of kala yogis and siddhis to fight an ancient warrior spirit...NINE will take you on a riveting journey from Europe to India to America and a deadly climax in Cambodia.
The trilogy is based on mytho-historical fiction about Nine treasured knowledgeable scientists. After the great war of Kalinga, Ashoka left violence and started following Buddhism. Though he left violence, scars of the great war were serious. A loyal Kalingan took auth to destroy Mauryan dynasty and its knowledge. This loyal Kalingan spirit is our main antagonist. The first part of the trilogy, "Curse of Kalingan" is beginning of dark forces stronghold over the world.

This Kalingan spirit entered into the body of dying Vayu. Apart from the antagonist, our protagonists are obviously Nine scientists in current time, keeper of ancient powerful knowledge. Each keeper holds specific area of science and special power of the area. Vayu was able to track and kill three of these scientists and now he is after new recruits. To know more you have to read the book.

I hope I haven't given any secrets. The book is written in a proper flow and with good conceptualization. A comparable work with famous books in this genre. The flow of the story is medium paced which has bound me to the last page. Use of historical and mythological facts was proper. Book would be a great read for
  • Mytho - Historical Fantasy lover
  • Superpower / Heroes Genre Readers
  • Fan of thriller and action book
The only reason for 40 days to finish this book is other paid projects and new location-job. Otherwise one can devour this 380 pages book in 3-4 sittings. Surely recommendable work. Talking about rating
  1. Cover 4/5
  2. Content 4/5
  3. Concept 4/5
  4. Characters 4.5/5
  5. Overall 4/5
Book can be found at - Amazon and Flipkart 
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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