Sunday, July 21, 2019

Book Review - Narasimha - The Mahaavatar Trilogy 1 - Author Kevin Missal

Kevin Missal has created 3 mast pieces in last 4 years. I have included Narasimha in the calculations. Just like Amish Tripathi who has created his universe were normal human reached the title of Gods. Kevin has taken alternate storytelling. Unlike Amish, who shows things either based on science and non-magical, Kevin has taken the support of myth and magic. In his Kalki series, Kevin is talking about the story of Kalki avatar. Again before finishing that he has started a new series. And this time he has taken an avatar which is not touched in details except as a tormentor of Hiranyakashipu.


Book Blurb
Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon - the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive?
The story started with Indra's attack on Kashyapuri capital of Asura kingdom when king Haranyakashipu was away in Pataal. Indra broke truce that he made with Asura king. During the attack one of the Simha killed Kayadhu, Hiranya's wife. This started never-ending fights between Asura & Deva once again. This made the situation worst for whole Bharatvarsha. In a distant village, a Simha, named Nara, was approached by Indra to rejoin Deva camp. This Nara is our protagonist, avatar Narasimha. Nara joined Bhairav current Shiva. Shiva and his Gana's were being attached by lunatic Andhaka, son of previous Asura king Hiranyaksh. There was something sinister about Andhaka, Shiva's army had killed him a couple of times and whenever he was killed two of them arose. Andhaka asked help from the king, who sent his elder son Anuhard for help. Hiranya left his younger son Prahalad to handle matters of the kingdom and made him active king. Prahalad liked the idea of hope and had the second mind in joining a rebellious group called Vishnusena. Read the book to know more.

Just like Kalki Narasimha is also full of subplots. Each side has a certain group of important character which runs the flow. You will get multiple characters to plug yourself. I think you will put this book into "Unputable" category. The narration style is parallel in multiple plots, which contains suspense and thrill level intact. You can read it like cutting a cheese case. You won't stick to a page, you will keep turning them. 

Kevin has linked many real-world problems in his fiction. Like the concept of the extremist terrorist group called Vishnusena. You may relate their ideas to today's world terrorist groups. Written for 15+ age group, with easy language. No flaunting of literary prowess. All that matters for Kevin is the interest of readers, which is intact from Prologue to Epilogue. 

Well, nothing less would be expected after reading two parts of Kalki series. He has touched the same level of Kalki in Narasimha.

Ratings
  1. Cover - 4.5/5
  2. Concept - 4.5/5
  3. Content - 4.5/5
  4. Overall - 4.5/5
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