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Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 Kindle Edition
This book is a remaining of the tale of Narasimha that we've heard from our parents and grandparents. And the author has made a point to let the readers know this before they dive into the story as to leave no chance for misunderstanding, which I really appreciated. As the note gives you a clean state where you know there is no need to compare the original tale and the book. And that this story has it's own individuality even if the characters are people we've grown up learning about. That being said, the story starts off with a situation where Hiranyakashyap's kingdom is under attack in his absence. The prologue paves the way for the journey, that you can guess with the first line itself, is going to be a roller-coaster ride of intense emotions portrayed vividly with the author's descriptive narration. The story revolves around Nara Simha who has long turned his back on being a soldier in battlefield and now leads a life devoted to saving people and practicing medicine. But when has a warrior ever been able to leave bloodshed and war behind for good? When has a fighter ever been able to ignore the way his heart pounds and veins fill with adrenaline everytime the prospect of fight for a cause lingers in air? When has the world ever let a soldier be anything but? Almost never. Decades later, Nara Simha is pulled back into the tangles of conflict. And whenever there's conflict, there's sides to choose and whatever choices he make, he can not choose to be ignorant to the consequences and guilt that the aftermath of the bloodshed and war promises. An enthralling tale with strong characters and graphic narrative that makes you feel every emotion. The mythological aspect is well researched and the author's take on adding tales from various unheard scriptures and texts available made me appreciate the book even more. My only complaint, and not as much as a complaint but rather a suggestion is to not use modern words in mythological fiction and try using words that were then used in speech instead, in the dialogues as it pulls you out of the historical world of Deva's and Asura's and disturbs the image that the words have imprinted on your mind. I can understand that it would be too much work though so it's not that big of a problem. Overall, I enjoyed everything about the book. The storyline is entertaining. The pace is never too fast or too slow. The characters have depth and their thoughts and beliefs were strong which made the relatable and humane. The narrative never falls flat and even the dialogues are written very well. --By Honey on 15 June 2019 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B07SVP1Y3F
- Publisher : HarperCollins India; 1st edition (10 June 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 694 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,627 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I picked this book because of Kevin Missal. I didn’t even read the blurb, only saw the cover. I liked it. I completed this book in one week, I guess. This is an accomplishment for me because I have been avoiding reading books from the last couple of months and this is the first book I could complete in a very long time.
I like reading a retelling of old epics. This was a very refreshing and nice read for me. I don’t think I disliked any part of the book. It was nicely written, it has a very beautiful cover, good characterization, and narration.
I liked how the author has portrayed actual villains in the story like Holika, Hiranyakashipu, Andhaka and has given a reason as to why they are like the way they are. It gives readers a different perspective about characters. It is a story of faith, dharma, adharma, avatar, war, loss, pain, grief, hope. I am eagerly waiting for the next part of the book.
Characters 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Plot 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (because of predictivity )
The whole drama of fight is based on ego, family instability of characters, quest for finding the right path, quest in search of Dharam, family turmoil, broken promises, faith, revenge, hatred, jealousy ,creepiness, broken trust, love for siblings, hidden emotions hidden dark side of story, lost love and loved one, this make this novel and overall package and in the end redemption of certain characters
I disliked the predictable plot as that make things obvious and reader start loosing its interest
Wait for part 2 start here as some questions are yet to be answered
The author’s perception on the mythological characters as well as an introduction to certain new sub – plots and other finer distinctions compels the readers to think outside the already established story.
It was not only based on one character but multiple personalities left a mark on the narrative. In a way, it was a fresher outlook on many subjects. I liked how a few of the characters were formed, like that of Holika and Andhaka. Their backstories were crafted well to give the readers a clearer picture on their actions and outlook and purpose.
I think my most favourite part will be when Hiranyakashyap and a spirit discussed on ‘Consent’ and the spirit said, “If a woman or a man objects and it is still forced on her or him, then it is no longer consensual. It is rape.”
There was also a remark on the nuclear weapon as the author mentioned about 'Pashupatastra', how exposing anyone to such a devastating force can cause a massive destruction. Focusing on such issues is essential and it was imbibed well in the plot line.
Otherwise, I didn’t find the narrative too remarkable or the language befitting the times it was based on. There was a map on the back of the book for reference but I felt the world building could have been better with a bit more description, to make it more of a breathtaking saga it had the potential of being and what I had expected it to be.
Overall, a good attempt at mythological fiction
As a kid, I have heard the story of Prahalad. So, it was interesting to read this book and connect with the characters. The way the author has narrated the incident where Holika sat in the fire with Prahalad on her lap is commendable. Also, there is a story of Narasimha who was a brave soldier and was believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu. So, a lot of war and thrilling scenes are there in this book which made it an interesting read.
Maybe I had too many expectations from this book but found nothing extraordinary in it so I am a bit disappointed. The cover of this book is beautiful and the style of writing was a simple one. The plot has been organized well so that readers find it easy to connect with a series of events. For me, the title could have been more creative.
If you are a fan of mythology, you should go for this book.
Cover- 4.5 / 5
Narration- 4 / 5
Plot- 4 / 5
Title- 3.5 / 5
Overall- 4 / 5