BOOK REVIEW: Dharmayoddha Kalki – Avatar Of Vishnu by Kevin Missal
October 12, 2017
Pages: 482 Paperback
Published: October 2017 by Kalamos Literary Services LLP
Cover Rating: 5/5
Indian Mythology consist the vast amount of tales that are yet to explore. The scope of the subject matter blend with fiction holds exceptional possibilities. The rise of such intriguing books are acknowledged by readers in recent years. I think the credit goes to the writer who in a decisive manner picks upon one era that fascinates them and uses his imagination to inspire us all. Such is Kevin Missal’s latest entry in to the subject matter of Indian mythology: Dharmayoddha Kalki – Avatar Of Vishnu.
A child is born in a quiet village of Shambala and has no idea about his heritage. Whisked into the province of Keekatpur soon he learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe. But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?
The plot is creative and written in a third person narrative voice which is quite strong and smooth throughout the book. Being a fantasy fiction the length of the book is complimentary. Divided in two parts, the Battle of Shambala that deals with life of our protagonist, Kalki, and the second part, The Rise of Kali concern negative political influences of Lord Kali who rules the kingdom of Keekatpur. The plot is a long stretch, since it is the first part in what is going to be series of books. However, with unexpected twists and turns, and the subplots that fulfils them, a reader will be completely hook by the book and reach a point of gratify where he might applaud the effort of the author.
There are various characters a reader gets to deal with but some of them truly drives the storyline forward. I am fascinated by the characters of Lord Kali, Arjan and even the protagonist since they make things interesting for me. I am genuinely looking forward to see the fate of the aforementioned characters even though the outcome might be predictable but who knows the author might have something extremely surprising in his bag of tricks. The chapters are short and outputs in a firm language that makes this one a page turner. You will be able to finish it no time. What I am not fond of is in this book the element of repetition used by the author. It could have perhaps been edited in a different manner. I will definitely be looking forward to next instalment in this series.
I recommend this book to everyone who wants to enjoy a better piece of fiction and learn or explore something new in the Indian mythology.
4 out of 5!
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