Monday, October 30, 2017

BookReview - Karna's Celestial Armor by Surendra Nath

Last year when I saw Karna's Alter Ego, I added the book to my wish list. At that time, I was not aware that I will get the chance to read the sequel to that book. I would like to thank Surendra Nath for providing the copy of Karna's Celestial Armor in exchange for honest review.


Book blurb
We all know that in MAHABHARATA, Karna had, on his body, his Kavach-Kundal (set of armor and earrings) which rendered him invincible in battle against any foe.
That’s the back-story. After that, what did Indra do with the all-powerful Kavach-Kundal? Did he hide it somewhere? What if someone can find it today? That’s what this novel is about. Vasu, from the present time, sets off to find the set. The spirit of Karna guides him through the search.
Indra always knew someone would come looking for it. So he used all his ingenuity to hide it in the most impossible of places. That makes Vasu’s task so much more challenging. And he is not the only one who is interested in this quest. There are others trailing him.
Join Vasu in this thrilling adventure through mysterious locations in India to know why the armor was all that potent, and if it still is.
The book started with the quick recap of Karna's alter ego then it's focus shifted to the main theme of the story. We all know that Karna lost his celestial armor (Kavach and Kundal) to Indra by deceit. Karna never regretted losing it. We don't know what happened to Kavach and Kundal after that. Our story is based on the finding of these Kavach-Kundal. Our protagonist Vasu wanted to locate this magical parts and use it for the greater good. Vasu ventured out for this treasure hunt with Karna's spirit. Armour belongs to Mahabharata time so Vasu had to find the connection with that era. Chirangivis or Immortals became guiding stones for Vasu in his missing. He met few Chirangivis and learned good things from them. During his search, he found out that he was not the only person looking for Kavach-Kundal. There are few people who knew these facts and wanted Kavach-Kundal for their selfish purpose. Well, Vasu will succeed at the end directly or indirectly but how he will do it is all about the book. Read this book to know more.

The book is written in easy language and medium pace. Treasure hunt parts were written with slow pace & action thriller parts were written with the fast pace. Though I found minor drawbacks in mythological facts and plot, those were not a hindrance to flow. I was able to turn page after page without getting bored or disinterested even for a moment.

Apart from story part author has nicely discussed serious spiritual topics like immortality, longevity, and meditation. You will love this book if you are a fan of devotional or mythology based fictions.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 2/5 (Need to work on this, it is too unattractive)
  2. Title - 3.5/5
  3. Concept - 3.5/5
  4. Content - 3.5/5
  5. Character - 4/5 (Especially for Vasu)
  6. Overall - 3.75/5
Book can be found at Amazon
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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