BOOK REVIEW: THE CODE OF MANAVAS

Book: The Code of Manavas

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Author: Arpit Bakshi

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 280 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story is set in the future. Kali-Yuga is over and now Swarnim-Yuga is going on. Earth is now known as Bhoomi and there are only a couple of small sea-locked continents on Earth known as Jambhu-Dweep and Purva-Dweep.

The hero of our story is Krishna, the genius who has developed Bhoomidium, the compound that has transformed the Modern Man into a new race, the Manavas. The Manavas do not age and have superior brains than the modern man.

Krishna is faced with a dual problem. On one hand the supply of Bhoomidium is eroding and Bhoomi is soon going to be destroyed. He is trying to find another planet which will be hospitable to the Manavas. On the other hand, there is a saboteur at work who is trying to ensure that Krishna’s plans do not succeed. Krishna still pines for his lost love Radhika.

The author has thrown in a lot of mythological references in the story to Lord Krishna as well as the Mahabharata war.

Will Krishna succeed in his mission to save the race of the Manavas? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

The author has ended the story on an intriguing note which leaves the reader awaiting the sequel!

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

BOOK REVIEW: THE HIDDEN CHILDREN THE LOST GRIMOIRE

Book: The Hidden Children The Lost Grimoire

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Author: Reshma K. Barshikar

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Two Ravens

Number of pages: 401 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The main character of the book is Shayamukthy or Shui as she is commonly known as. She is a teenager in high school, who plays basketball and loves to hang out with her best friends Nallini and Jai. Shui is not as normal as she appears to be, as she has been diagnosed with dyslexia. She used to live in the US with her family but they moved to India three years ago.

Shui’s life is disrupted with the arrival of a new girl in their class, Anya. Nallini takes an instant dislike to Anya but Shui is drawn to her for some strange reason.

Anya shows Shui how to summon butterflies using magic and just like that Shui finds herself sucked into the world of the Witana. Shui attempts to discover whether she has magical powers. Anya reveals to Shui that the grimoire belonging to Anya’s deceased mother is lost and that Anya is desperate to find it.

The story is very fast paced as the characters zip all around Mumbai. Does Anya have a hidden agenda beyond looking for the grimoire? Does Shui really have any magical powers? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

I highly recommend “The Hidden Children”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!

BOOK REVIEW: MURKY GIRL

Book: MURKY GIRL

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Author: Vrinda Singh

Genre: Thriller, Fiction, Supernatural

Published by: Paperwiff Publications

Number of pages: 163 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Vrinda Singh graciously provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about a female who is abandoned as a baby by her parents because of her gender. By a series of fortunate incidents, she survives and ends up in a brothel where she is raised like a daughter by one of the women living and working there. She is named Avant by the women of the brothel.

When Avant is five, misfortune strikes again when Deepali, the woman who has taken care of her like her mother, dies in an accident. This results in Avant discovering her own supernatural powers. Strangely, this incident causes Avant to grow up overnight from the age of five to the age of twenty!

Avant’s misfortune continues when the entire brothel is destroyed and Avant is forced to go out in the world. She continues to embark on strange adventures and comes to know more about her birth mother and her powers.

Fans of the supernatural will probably be interested in this book.

BOOK REVIEW: AVATAR OF PROTECTOR ANDTHE SECRET OF SUDARSHANA

Book: Avatar of Protector and the Secret of Sudarshana

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Author: Chetan B. Thakkar

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 154 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with Kalki, a college student, celebrating his 18th birthday. Several mysterious events take place on that day and Kalki learns from his parents, the next day that he is not really their child. He is also told of a pouch containing a secret that has been placed in his bank locker.

Kalki’s parents are killed in a fire and there are some monsters after him as well. Kalki is aided by the beautiful Indrayani, Indra’s daughter and is taken away by her to Planet Paradise. Planet Paradise has been very well depicted by the author.

There Kalki learns more about his responsibilities and powers as an avatar. He learns that his parents are still alive and embarks on a mission to save them accompanied by Indrayani, his friend and a couple of others.

Of course the question remains as to whether they are able to save his parents. The reader needs to read the book to find out. The author has ended the story on such a note, that it appears that he has already planned a sequel!

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

 

BOOK REVIEW: SPIRIT CHILD

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Author: Saumya Arora

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Published by: Maple Press

Number of pages: 172 pages (E-book)

My Rating: 3.5/5

BOOK SUMMARY: Faila is a young girl who is unaware of her legacies and powers but upon knowing them, tries to save her empire.

MY REVIEW: I read an e-book of “Spirit Child” by Saumya Arora sent by The Book Planet PR in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with Faeria being under attack by the daevils and Faernir fleeing the city and taking shelter in the house of a young woman.  In time, he has a daughter Faila but Faernir and his wife are killed when she is an infant.

Faila grows up not knowing that she is the heir to the kingdom of Faeria. She is completely unaware of her powers. When she is fifteen years old, she is duped by a faer turned daevil and taken unawares to Andhkaara, the leader of the devils. On the way, she learns that the faers have many powers and abilities like shapeshifting, thoughtseeking and spellsinging.

Faila is told by Andhkaara that he wants her to bear him an heir so that he can rule over Faeria. Of course Faeria refuses to comply and is held as a prisoner by the daevils.

Faila is rescued by Faerswon, her father’s old friend. He then helps her on her quest to regain her empire and helps her by training her to develop her abilities. They gather many allies in their journey but are constantly in danger from the daevils.

Many people stay loyal to Faila and many people turn against her. In their attempts to regain the kingdom of Faeria, they suffer the loss of many loved ones. Faila also falls in love but she is thought to be too young to be in a romantic relationship.

Does Faila take back her kingdom and vanquish Andhkaara? The reader needs to read the book to find out.

“Spirit Child” is probably the type of book that would appeal to a younger audience. It is a fairly interesting and easy read. The book can be ordered from Amazon and Flipkart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Saumya Arora is a young girl, currently studying in Grade 11. She is inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin.

WHO BURNED THE MOON? : 3 IDIOTS MEETS HARRY POTTER

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Author: Rahul Vishnoi

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Published by: BOOKed

Number of pages: 252 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

MY REVIEW: The author Rahul Vishnoi was kind enough to provide me with a copy of his book. The book was accompanied by some posters depicting characters in the book, which intrigued me to start reading the book right away!

The story starts with a hilarious introduction of the villain of the book, Lala Purabnath and his sycophants. Lala Purabnath is engaged in a very profitable business, i.e. providing education in the hill town of Dimakiya. However, he is in search of someone, who can sing to the bones!

The reader then meets Rehan Saxena, a teenager who has failed Class 12 but his mother is hell bent on making him a “Daacter” (Doctor). For fulfilling this ambition, she manages to procure a fake marksheet and despite his protestations, packs him off to a new medical college opened by Lala Purabnath.

Once Rehan boards the bus to take him to the medical college, the fun begins! There are a number of memorable characters in the book like Tanu, Raina, Namak, Sukanya, to name a few. Reading about the personalities of the students and college staff takes one back to one’s own student days. I found myself comparing the book to the famous movie The 3 Idiots as I kept chuckling over the humorous dialogues in the story.

But all in the college is not what it seems! The college has underground tunnels that are populated by “gilchis”, beings that are half-animal and half-human. Namak turns out to have super powers, there is a telling of an ancient legend of the Grand King and the gold bones and the story concludes with a hunt for “gilchis” on vehicles called Moontrackers. This is when the story becomes “3 Idiots meets Harry Potter.”

Who Burned the Moon? is a light, fun filled and entertaining read. It can be ordered on Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rahul Vishnoi is a dentist residing in Delhi. This is his first book. He can be followed on Instagram on his handle @datdelhidentist.

BOOK REVIEW: MERCY- OF GODS & MEN

Book: Mercy- of Gods & Men

Author: Aditya Bhartiya Mathur

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Published by: Pblishing

Number of pages: 292 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

BOOK SUMMARY: Mercy is the story of multiple complex characters that face dire circumstances. Set in three kingdoms, the story revolves around rebellions, wars and political agendas. Explore the story of these foreign lands as the destiny of the characters unfold over the span of the series.

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of Mercy- of Gods & Men by Aditya Bhartiya Mathur from The Book Planet PR in exchange for an honest review.

I personally enjoy reading the fantasy genre of books. Mercy- of Gods & Men is supposed to be the first book in a 3-part series. The book begins with the telling of a legend about how three empires and the houses came to be.

There are three empires in this story- Deiosa, Helica and Luneta and about twelve houses, out of which the houses of the sun, the moon, the dragon, the phoenix and the hydra are given importance in this story.

So in this fantasy saga, there is magic, there is war, there are warriors and there are dragons! I particularly enjoyed the part where William makes his dragon hatch from the egg.

The story is enjoyable if one can keep track of the many characters and the multiple plots going on simultaneously in the book. The story ends with many loose threads as the author obviously intends to continue with the story in the subsequent parts.

The story also deals with emotions like love and jealousy. The jealousy of Reyna towards Bella and how she ends Bella’s life with magic is interesting to read.

I cannot help but compare the book to the Game of Thrones series. I am sure that the author is also a fan of the series like I am! The enjoyment of reading the book is only marred by the spelling and grammatical mistakes in the story.

However, I will say that this is a wonderful effort on the part of such a young author and I do look forward to reading the second part of the series. Mercy-of Gods & Men is worth reading if you are a fan of fantasy fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aditya Bhartiya Mathur began writing at the age of 5. He has won many awards for short stories. He has also written scripts and screenplays for short films.