★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece
Name: The Guardians of Halahala by Shatujeet Nath
Genre: Fiction Language: English Pages: 410
My Rating: ★★★★★
Started(Re-Read): 6th May, 2015 Completed: 12th May, 2015
Total Reading Hour: 70 Hrs
Excerpt from Book:
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.
I got this book in mid of Jan 2015 but due to some personal commitment, I had to put it aside. But I was so much impressed by Excerpt. As you all know, I started getting interest in mythological fiction in recent years, this book is one more feature in my bookshelf.
“The Guardians of the Halahala” is first book from “The Vikramaditya Trilogy”” series. The Halahala is the deadliest poison which was trapped in the ocean and during the churning, it was loose and consumed by Lord Shiva to save the world from destruction. One of asuras took part of that deadliest position and hid it in dagger, which Lord Shiva then confiscated from him.
Lord Shiva doesn’t want to give it to asuras or devas as either of them can be selfish for their personal benefits. So he gives it to mortal Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine for safekeeping. The asuras and devas, both realizing the importance of the Halahala, try to get it from the “human” king, waging war on Avanti – state of Samrat Vikramditya .
Most interesting parts in this novel are,
- Fights with Asuras and Devas
- Samart Vikramaditya and his council’s depiction (my most favorite)
- Twist in every chapter
There are lots of characters added in every new chapter. It’ always difficult job to engage reader with all characters and Author did it amazingly. This book is page turner. From very first page, it engages you. It was like, I was watching a movie. Author had experience in different genre and he tried mythology fiction first time and I must say, he did an outstanding job. From cover page to character building to storyline, everything is amazing. Like “Immortal of Meluha” and “The Seal of Surya”, this novel is also an addictive and spellbinding. I can’t hold myself to give 5 star to this book. Waiting for next book. If you are going to buy “The Seal of Surya”, buy along with “The Guardians of Halahala” :).. I hope, you love it too.
Note: I received a copy of book from JAICO publication and I am very much thankful to publication house to share such an amazing novel.
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. 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.
I don’t have dreams, I have goals.
– Harvey Specter