Friday, November 17, 2017

Enter into the World of Mythological Fantasy - Rankshetram - Demise of the Demon Kind

I have seen the review of Rankshetram on Halo of Books. I inquired Sheetal from Halo of Books to connect me to Utkarsh Shrivastava, the author of the book. And Utkarsh has happily provided me the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The book was first published in Hindi and then in English. Luckily I have the copy of both editions.

Book Blurb
It is said that after the banishment of Lord Mahabli to Patallok, and demise of the Demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. The Asuras lost their domination over humans. But it was unbearable for the Demons' mentor Bhairavnath. When he noticed that a capable scion of King Bali, has taken over the throne as the Demon king, Bhairavnath played such a machinations due to which the Demon King Markesh,( the scion of Lord MahaBali ) turned against the entire human race. Thereafter, four fierce warriors - Akhand, Tejasvi, Suryam and Yugandhar - took over the responsibility to destroy him. The spirit of vengeance were present equally in both Tejasvi and Markesh. Markesh wanted to avenge his wife's death, who was actually a human lady. And Tejasvi's weapons were eager to blow off Markeshs's head to avenge his close ones. These flames of vengeance lead to the five days war among humans, demons and nagas. 
As mentioned in the blurb, the story covers fight against mighty Rakshasha- the Demon Clan.  The main protagonist of our story are Vikramaditya, Tejasvi, Akhand. The main antagonists are Markesh- his brothers, Bhanusen and Bhairavnath. I cannot and do not want to give a brief of the story as it is filled with the so many adventures and wars that other authors can write more than one series out of this book.

I am providing my feedback considering the book two genres separately. If I consider age group of “10-16” years reading this book, they will like continuous action and secrets being revealed page after page. Kids will like this kind of content.

If an adult 18+ reading this book, he may not find it that interesting due to following flows:
  • Though it is an action thriller – not a single action scene properly written. Every fight has 2-3 lines. “They started fighting like this, this, this. They fought for one or two hours. One guy won.” Well, this is not what reader would want from action book.
  • Those who have watch Mahabharata can closely relate final fights with Mahabharata. 
  • Every now and then characters go for weapon hunting.
  • Well, I should not apply logic in fantasy books but in every invasion opposing army appears in battle within few minutes!?
  • So many stories and adventures written in one book.
Advice for Utkarsh - Take a breath, spend some time divide it into parts and give some efforts.

Even with all negative points book can be a good read for following reasons:
  • Want to learn Hindi/English
  • Like Indian fantasy genre
  • Likes kids stories
Talking about Ratings:
  1. Cover - 4/5 (for new edition)
  2. Title – 3/5
  3. Content – 2.5/5
  4. Characters – 2.5/5
  5. Concept – 2.5/5
  6. Overall – 2.5/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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