BOOK REVIEW: ELT-DUK AND THE COMPANY OF GOLD HUNTERS

Book: Elt-Duk and the Company of Gold Hunters

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Author: Yash Sharma

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Invincible Publishers

Number of pages: 140 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 is set in Northly Earth. In the town of Mirkota, there reside Tigun and Misarel who are “gold-hunters” and O’blame who is a businessman.  Ispichu, Tigun and Misarel’s communicator pigeon brings them the news that there is gold to be found on Elt-duk.

Accordingly, Tigun and Misarel decide to embark on quest to Elt-duk to prospect for gold. They rope in O’blame as their financier and business partner and he decides to join them on their voyage.

But what is Elt-duk? It is a dark, doomed and cursed place where no one dares to go.

On the way, they rescue an elderly man who is being attacked by flying beasts. That man, Buk Parsomin, turns out to have magic powers. He warns them not to go to Elt-duk as the Trroths and the Burburks want to occupy it.

The gold hunters accompany Parsomin to the kingdom of Monaar in order to meet King Altreen to warn him about the coming dangers. King Altreen is reluctant but finally agrees to offer some help to Parsomin.

The author has ended the story in a way that makes one certain that he is planning a sequel.

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting. The main drawback in the book was that I kept feeling that the story has been heavily inspired by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

BOOK REVIEW: THE NEW DEWTAS

Book: The New Dewtas

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Author: Suraj Kothiyal

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Published by: Leadstart Publishing

Number of pages: 222 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 is set on the island of Bali. Neer, a priest from the Himalayas, travels to Bali as he has been having visions that the island is in trouble. On his voyage, he meets the Prince of Bali, Erlangga, who informs him that his vision is indeed true and that Bali is under attack by evil spirits.

Upon reaching Bali, Neer attempts to find a way to thwart the evil spirits on the island. He is aided by Erlangga and Empu. Neer soon learns that no one is to be trusted on the island as the evil spirits have their hold everywhere and no plan of theirs seems to succeed.

Finally Neer thinks about introducing new gods to the island of Bali.

Will Neer succeed in his mission to save the island of Bali? Will Erlangga be able to have a peaceful reign over Bali as king? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

The author has ended the story in a way that makes one wonder whether he is planning a sequel.

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

 

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

Book: Spirit Child                                       Spirit Child

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.