Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review: Guardians of Halala The Guardians of the Halahala (Vikramaditya Veergatha, #1) by Shatrujeeth Nath

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-8184956382
  • Genre: Mythology / Fantasy
  • Publishers: Jaico
  • Price: Rs.350/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
"A good work of mytho-fiction" -- Anand Neelakantan

THE PRICE OF A PROMISE. PAID IN BLOOD.

The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.

But was the Halahala truly destroyed?

A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.

As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!

A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.
Behind the book

Source: Goodreads.com

About the Author

Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist and assistant editor at the Economic Times, SHATRUJEET NATH was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with the Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by the Guardians of the Halahala and the Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories. He can also be found at facebook.com/Shatrujeet Nath and @(No Suggestions).

Me thinks

I happened to read this series' second book first (You can read my review HERE) and loved it too much to want to read the prequel before finally ending up with the next book in series. When I had expressed my desire in the review, the author was very sweet in sending this one across to me.

Thank you so much for this! :)

Needless to add, the author is par excellence. His is one of the finest writers in mythology that we have in India and reading his work is a treat for his readers. He makes the reader experience the book rather than mere reading through his words. This is place where it all starts. Now that I had read the second part and was reading this one, my mind was drawing parellels and conclusions about a lot of open ends. I was trying to also grab any hints that he might have left in this story about all that happened in the second part. Ofcourse ! I read the second part again after reading this book just for the pure thrill of it.

One thing I admire the most about this author is the way he mixes simplicity with gripping narrative to deliver something so powerful. He doesn't use fancy and large words. Neither does he burden the reader with too much information to be downloaded, digested and processed before reading the whole book. He makes it enjoyable and in mythology that is the key. It makes a reader hang onto the book till the very end with anticipation. 

The joy of reading this series is that after reading it once when you read it again there will definitely be something new which you will discover. And that is the sign of a brilliant mind at work while writing it. There is not a single dull moment throughout the whole book. The author has done a superb job of creating the base which now can be visualized in a grand scale in the second book. It is very different from the usual historical fiction or mythological books you read these days. From the cover design to the premise this book holds a lot of promise which the author continues to deliver upon even in the second series. 

Strongly recommended for all mythology readers, this one is something you just cannot afford to miss!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like bajra vada - spicy, crispy with an earthy feel to it.

Source: Veg Recipes of India