Sunday, February 17, 2019

Book Review - Satyayoddha Kalki - Eye of Brahma

If you ask me to give 5 best Indian Mythological fiction title that I have read, the Kalki has made it place the moment I read part 1 (Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu). So along with Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi, Vikramaditya Gatha by Shatrujeet Nath, Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan, and Sangram Sindhu Gatha by Vivek Kumar, Avatar of Vishnu by Kevin Missal is part of my personal favorite and must-have & must-recommended category book. We waited almost 1 year for this awaited sequel. So here I am discussing book 2 (Satyayoddha Kalki: Eye of Brahma)


Book Blurb
After a defeat at the hands of Lord Kali, Kalki Hari must journey towards the Mahendragiri mountains with his companions to finally become the avatar he is destined to be.
But the road ahead is not without peril . . .
Not only is he trapped by the cannibalistic armies of the Pisach, he is also embroiled in the civil war of the Vanars. And in midst of all this, he meets a face from the legends.
Meanwhile, Manasa, the sister of the late Vasuki, plots to overthrow Lord Kali by bringing a massive war to his kingdom. But Naagpuri, her homeland, has been infiltrated by their sworn enemy, the Suparns. Not only does she need to protect her kingdom from the Suparns, she must also protect her close ones from the league of conspirators at her own home. Who can she really trust? And will she be able to put an end to Lord Kali’s rule?
As the plot thickens and Lord Kali sees his ambition crushed right before his eyes, he comes to know about his race and its history that threatens to destroy the very fabric of this world’s reality.
Kalyug has begun.
Can Kalki become the avatar in time before it finally unfolds?
Will Manasa fight through the internal politics to bring an invasion against Lord Kali?
Can the secret that changes everything change Lord Kali as a person too?
This part started with multiple subplots.
  1. Kalki's travel towards Mahendragiri hills - He was accompanied by Kripa &  Padma. As usual tragedy and adventure followed them. They met some ancient tribes.
  2. Arjan's Imprisonment - Capture by Kali's force, Arjan was imprisoned & forced to entertained royals by means of the duel. He was mentally harassed by Kali.
  3. Kali's sister's attempt to reveal her assistant's true motive & in that process met with a new ally, daughter of Indragrah. She also wanted to help Arjan.
  4. Manasa's entry into the Naga Kingdom. She found her country in turmoil of civil war. Her brother's family was assassinated by Suparnas. She needed to overcome this obstacle if she wanted to take revenge on Kali.
Above are just a portion of the first half of the book, "The Coup of Indragrah". The second part "The Dandak Rebellion" has its own subplots. In short, you cannot put down the book before finishing it.

Rarely you will find a story woven with multiple important characters and their part in it. The author has wonderfully portrayed his imaginary world and glued readers to the same. Each story flows so smoothly and merged with another story that you hardly felt ripples. It is very difficult to create so many characters and let them play their part. And if you can do it properly your work will be revered, same is the case here. Wonderful characterization, smooth flow, clear progression, easy to follow language and pack with action mystery what else you would need from a book. A book story worth having cult or fan following.

Ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Concept - 5/5
  3. Character - 5/5
  4. Overall - 5/5
Book can be found at - Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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