Title: The Guardians of Halahala
Author: Shatrujeet Nath
Mythological books instinctively rise a shrill of excitement within readers at the very first look, as said before. Another book came into my sight and made the same impression over me. “The Guardians of Halahala”, second book of Shatrujeet Nath is the first book in the Vikramaditya trilogy series offering a spicy flavor to mythological lovers dredged with witty threads interwoven all around.
As the back cover says: ”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 Shankaracharya, 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 time of myth and legend.”
Title of the book along with an attractive cover invites readers and forces them to go through the blurb. Albeit, neither title nor cover design provides any hint of the story, but the blurb at the back very significantly does the work. It very artistically and in an inviting manner gives a glimpse of the story with the proper amount of piquancy stirred in it.
Imaginations with the knowledge of myth is very eloquently used by the author. A well-constructed and well planned plot comes in front of readers in the form of this book. With the support of his balanced mind, an intelligent plot has been knitted full of intricacy which is full of mystery and suspense adding bites of humor at various levels in the story in order to play with reader’s mind and creating a maze so that readers could have the full taste of it,and couldn’t left until he/she finishes unzipping all the facets.
Writing style has a classy touch to it and offers a smooth and soothing reading journey. Being very much near to the perfection, narration of the events sprouts in such a lively manner that readers could easily feel and sense each of them.Author’s portraying fashion has the prowess to clutch readers in its arm throughout the reading journey.And the way miniscule things have been displayed shows authors good command over language.
Talking about the downfall of the book, at some places the needed flow is missing. Apart from this very thing, everything is at its place and played their role very-well.
In short, an entertaining read and a worth read. Highly recommended to mythological lovers.Good luck to the author for his upcoming books and yes very much excited to read the next book in Vikramaditya Trilogy.
Reviewer: Shweta Kesari