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Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 by [Kevin Missal]

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I must say Kevin Missal is emerged as a finest writer of our country,his writing is so convincing and flawless.Awesome storytelling with perfect narratives which makes this book an awesome read. I always fascinated by the story of Prahlad and Hirnyakashyap,how Holika sit in fire with Prahlad and How Narasimha an Avatar of Lord Vishnu emerged to save Prahlad from his father. But this book just change all my myth and perception about this story and i am in totally awe of the interpretation of author. I totally loved it. This book is perfect example of storytelling,it kept me hooked and I just took two days to finish it.i never read any mythological retelling so fast but it is like a movie every scene and place was so clear in my mind that it keep me hooked through out the book. Content: story starts with Kayadhu hirnyakashyap's wife fighting with Indra army and she gone to death by simha after that Hirnyakashyap wanted to take revenge from Indra so he always plan to attack on Illavarti(Indra place). Nara Simha moved out of battlefield because he thought that took life of innocent was not good and when he returns after 12 years to help his friend Shiva and save Pashupatastra from Andhaka a mad demon.but by mistake he killed Anuhrad and when Nara reliaze his mistake oh I can't tell everything here, so do read to find out about Narasimha Is he really a Vishnu Avatar to save Dharm or he is like any other simha or if he is then why he called Narasimha? How Hirnyakashyap got boon of Brahma? I really like the characters in this book Prahlad,Anuhrad his brother ,Narad his guru Andhaka and Hirnyakashyap. Each character is defined so well and come out perfectly each one has its own importance I really like small characters like Dhriti, simikha and Viparchit. Book filled with Raakshas, demon, pisaach and daanav have some light hearted scene too like love story of Anuhrad - Jyoti ,Viparchit-Simikha, Prahlad-Dhriti and Nara-chenchen which gives smile on my face so this story is filled with lots of emotions love, lust, betrayal, vengeance, power and father son love too. Language is simple and lucid and narration is just awesome. I highly recommend this book to everyone go read i soon. I am looking forward to read part 2 of this book. --By Dipali gupta on 12 June 2019

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

From the Back Cover

Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon - the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death.Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by bestselling author Kevin Missal.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07SVP1Y3F
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins India (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
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 2 July 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
By Reviewer.21 on 2 July 2019
Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy (book – 1)

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.
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Reviewed in India on 16 June 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provocation is necessary emotion.
By Kanwar on 16 June 2019
Review: Cover 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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
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Reviewed in India on 23 June 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars I had expected more. But, still the book is a good one.
By Aarohy Kapoor on 23 June 2019
Mythological books have always been close to my heart, only if they have been written well and the author manages to make the readers glued to the book till the end. Otherwise, the book will get boring and lose its charm. I have read a previous book by the same author and had too many expectations from this book. This one was not that great but was still a good read. I give it 4 stars out of 5 and here is my review of it:-

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
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