A gripping tale of love, betrayal, and vengeance, steeped in the magical realism of post-Vedic India.
Shatvari is a beautiful young Brahmin girl, practitioner of classical music and firm believer in the holy Vedas and its spiritual philosophies. The king of the Yaduvanshis and his scheming priests twist that faith to turn her into a bloodthirsty Chandaal warrior.
Exploited and shattered, Shatvari hunts a magical Yantra and the spiritual powers it contains. But in her single-minded pursuit of revenge, she falls victim to the curse lurking within the very same miraculous powers.
Elsewhere, the young Nishaad King Neel, courtesans Amodini and Vaishali, and the Yaduvanshis' nemeses the Raghuvanshis, gear up to enter the fray as well.
What heavenly powers lie within the Yantra, and what curse stays the hands of those who would unleash them? Can Shatvari survive that curse and harness those powers? Will the Yaduvanshis' other enemies help Shatvari seek her vengeance? Or will the story end in all-out war?
REVIEW :- I got this book from the author in exchange for honest review.
I was really excited to read this book, as i have read the hindi version of the book & now i re-read the book in English.
But i must say the English version is more interesting .
Talking about the book , the story revolves around the protagonist Shavtvari .As it is clear from the blurb, this novel belongs to historical fiction & i love reading it.Each & every page is beautifully written .The book is set in 8th century BC . Love, hatred and revenge...all elements are there.
The upper caste used to exploit the lower caste.Lower caste are considered as untouchable.
Shatvari was middle aged woman of average height and build.Her sun buned faced ,bright eyes and sharp features give her a look that she belongs to the high caste .
Shatvari is a brave lady, she was in search for 'Yantra' which is a Magic wand.Yantra can bestow upon extraordinary powers on .Its miraculous powers are beyond human perception .It can empower to avenge all the miseries.
Shatvari's husband left her before without thinking about her.
But once she got the news of pregnancy, she have to control her emotions .
A lot of people in the village started to talk about her. Not only she was living with her parents leaving husband in town ,she was associating with another man , that too a Shudra.
Question start arising - Why is Shatvari living with her parents ? Why is she not going back to her husband?
What I learned from this book :-
"Even Gods cant fortell anybody's future .We ourself write our future by our present karma.Whatever you sow in the wide arable land of events today,you will have to reap their harvest tomorrow.GIRD up to stand firm and fight the enemies of society."
"God dwell there, where the women are worshipped."
The book held me from the very first chapter and let me go on the very last line of the book.
I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. A Must Read !
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :- Sandeep Nayyar is a mechanical engineer by qualification, an IT consultant by profession and a writer by choice. Born in 1969, Sandeep has had a great flair and passion for writing since his early childhood. Despite qualifying as an engineer he has also worked as a journalist and has written regular columns for various newspapers and magazines. Sandeep now lives in the UK with his wife and two children.