Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review of a Time Traveling Book - Demons of Time: Race to the 7th Sunset by Varun Sayal

We have read "Time Crawlers" by Varun Sayal. We were really impressed by those short sci-fi stories. We knew by those stories Varun has put a beta product in the market to gauge which egg/idea gather more attraction. We knew that the next book by Varun must be one of the short stories. And we were proven right. Varun has prepared on "Time Crawlers" idea, which was based on time travel. And with the attractive cover "Demons of Time: Race to the 7th Sunset" got my attention very first day.

Book Blurb
The demon who tormented him has escaped to the future. He has only seven days and a single chance to exact his vengeance.

Time Travel meets Demonic Possession in this mythology inspired sci-fi thriller.
3077 BC. Ancient India. As a young child, Tej saw his mother endure brutal torture by Kumbh, a nefarious time-demon, until she was rescued by Rigu, a well-known sage. Twenty years later, Tej's scars have healed, but the fire of revenge burns inside him, unabated.
When Rigu reveals that Kumbh has escaped from his time-prison and plans to decimate human life on a global scale, Tej knows that he needs to act. To stop Kumbh, Tej must travel five thousand years into the future to the year 2024 AD and re-capture the demon. He races against time as he has only seven days, after which Kumbh will become invincible. The clock is ticking.
The story started in 3000 BC where two-time demon, Kumbh and Vetri, were chasing a woman and her son. By time demon, I mean a soul/consciousness which can travel in time (past/future) at will. A time reader called Rigu stopped these demons and freed mother & son. Rigu and his team had checked future in 2070 where Kumbh has done a mass killing of the majority of humans. So Rigu wanted to stop Kumbh. He took help of the boy, Tej, now grown up man. Rigu identified that Tej was also a time traveler/demon. Rigu wanted to send Tej in the 2020s where Kumbh can be captured. Will Tej able to finish the task? Read the book to know more.

I hope I haven't revealed much. Coming to my opinion, Varun has done good homework. The concept that he brought about time traveling seems original. You may take time to understand or may have to read some line twice by that will let you enjoy story better way.

Some general observation
  1. Light in size, less than 200 pages
  2. Easy language usage
  3. Not too much physics. Beginner time traveling terminology is used.
  4. Fewer characters used in the story
  5. Clarity in plot and character creation
  6. To the point narration style
Indian literature needs such good books in the sci-fi fantasy genre. Especially in the time traveling segment, because I haven't read many books. An ideal read for 14+ age.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5 (Really nice cover)
  2. Characters - 3.5/5 (Could have given more depth)
  3. Concept - 4.5/5 (Something new)
  4. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon India & Amazon USA
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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