Book Review: Yama's Lieutenant by Anuja Chandramouli

  • ISIN: 978-8184007398
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction
  • Publishers: Random House India
  • Price: Rs. 399/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
The inhabitants of the thousand hells of Yama have broken free from their prison and vowed to wreak havoc on the heavens, the earth and hell. With the fiendish Hatakas and Narakamayas teamed up with Naganara, a terrifying necromancer hungry for power, the universe is headed for war and destruction unless one human has something to do with it.

Agni Prakash, a debonair young man whose world has been turned upside down by the death of his twin sister, Varu, has been enlisted to stop these forces and be Yama s very own lieutenant. As the mythical world clashes with his own, Agni discovers a manuscript left behind by his sister. Hauntingly, it draws parallels to the treacherous path upon which he has been thrust. Equipped with an acerbic wit and winning charm, Agni undertakes a battle, where the odds seem tipped wildly against him, and finds unlikely companions along the way.

Will he be able to uncover the secret behind his sister's writings? And more importantly, will he be able to avert the destruction that seems imminent?

Behind the book

About the author  

Anuja Chandramouli is the author of the bestselling Arjuna: Sagas of a Pandava Warrior Prince, Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine.tion.

Me thinks

I have been fortunate enough to read all the works of author Anuja Chandramouli and all that I can say about her writing prowess is that she keeps growing by leaps and bounds in her every work. While her last work Shakti was my favourite till now her current work is sweeping me off my feet.

In the first 4 pages she has nailed your attention in a fashion that you don't want to let anything come in the way of you knowing what happens next. She thrills you, fascinates you, leaves you with mystery and in the end takes you on a high only she can with her words. The characters are so heart warming and close to real life you cannot help but feel their chaos. You are almost chasing the mystery with them to know who is behind it all. She has grabbed the biggest fear of human kind and merged it with myth to derive a perfect serving of a book called Yama's lieutenant which leaves you heady.

Like I have always mentioned her strength has been her simple language and detailed narrative which is not only engrossing but is also a page turner for more than one reasons.

A strongly recommended read for people who love reading her works, this one will make you love her more. And people who have never read her, start with this one you will understand why people love her.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like kalakand - a balanced dish which is close to heart for its simple yet divine taste!