Monday, 18 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW : The Guardians of the Halahala (Vikramaditya, #1)

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 Shukracharya, 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 a time of myth and legend. 

REVIEW :-  The book is based on Indian mythology .Narration is beautiful with myth . As we all know Myth being complex in nature, but the author has simplify & presented in this book.
In the starting before the story starts , Map is give, which outlines , clearly indicates, tell us about the places .The kingdom of Avanti,Magadha, Vatsa, Kosla, Hehya,Devaa, Auras.
The tale is set at the time of  Vikramaditya era.

Epic narrates that Lord Shiva, the supreme god had swallowed the deadly, all destructive poison The Halahala that was thrown out during the churning of the White Lake. Halahala holds the capacity to annihilate the evil and the good, the Devas and the Asuras to nil.
Overpowered by greed and thirst for power the Devas and Asuras have embarked upon a fierce battle.

This is no life-prolonging Exilir. On the contrary ,it was the accrsed Hahahla- the primordial poison,which, if not trapped in vacuum , could destroy all the Creation.
The Halahala hadnt been entirely destroyed.The curse of the Halaha had just  began.Now nothing can prevent the three worlds from plunging into the darkness of greed. And the darkness of War.

Nice Read. I would like to give it 4/5 stars

Shatrujeet Nath has sold ice-creams, peddled computer training courses, written ad copy, and reported on business as a journalist and assistant editor at The Economic Times. His first book, The Karachi Deception, was published in 2013. The Guardians of the Halahala is his second book, and the first in The Vikramaditya Trilogy series. He divides his time between writing fiction and poetry, reading, playing with his daughter – and dreaming of buying a small castle in Scotland. Till that happens, he plans to continue living in Mumbai.

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