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One of the greatest YA fantasies from India
Reviewed in India on 23 March 2021
I was sceptical of picking this book because most of the YA fantasies I've ever read are an average read at best. But Kevin Missal is one of my favourite Indian author so I decided to read it. And it is an amazing fresh take on a popular character of Arabian Nights.
Two stories run in parallel.
In first, a 12 year old Sinbad is an apprentice of Master Reis, a seid (a guild of monster hunters). He encounters a young girl Safeena who is destined to be the weapon of Devil. Sinbad sees innocence in the girl and decides to save her while being conflicted in his feelings about his master.
In second, 16 year old Sinbad works as an independent Seid. He is tasked to prevent Safeena from blowing the Trumpet of Israfil which would end the world. He and his group of friends has 7 days to save the world. How he manages to do that is the whole plot.
What I like:
☑️As usual with Kevin's novels, there are a lot of characters but each one is perfectly written to be memorable.
☑️The novel is fast paced but is doesn't feels rushed.
☑️The humor in the dialogues never seems forced.
☑️The cover design and formatting is superb. This book deserves hardback, dust-jackets and sprayed edges.
What I didn't like:
🚫I prefer descriptive world-building like in The Hobbit. It was not there.
🚫Some scenes describing guild and monsters give you a feeling of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Infact the monster baby plot was taken straight out of the game. I don't like when these happen.
Overall, the YA fantasy genre is not much explored by Indian authors, so it was a promising read. I'll definitely read more books in this series.