The Secrets of the Dark: The Debt of Blood is Never Repaid


Arka Chakrabarti is a twenty-five year old youngster from Kolkata whose small quest to chalk out the perfect words for the perfect moments drove him to take up content writing not only as a passion but also a profession. A commerce graduate from Heramba Chandra College, he is passionate about reading fantasy novels, ever since he was a child. With this book, he has taken his first step into the world of fiction and intrigue, chalking out an unimaginable world of secrets and mysteries.

In the mystical land of Gaya, two prophecies bind the fate of men and empires alike. The Destroyer born from the royal seed on the Land of the Setting Sun shall bring the empires down, or so has been foretold. In between the Destroyer and the world stand the Seven Guardians of Gaya, guarding the realm of man. A king, a father, defies the Seven and fate itself to save the last drop of his blood and prince Agni grows in the Land of the Rising Sun, exiled from his own people, unaware of his past. Losing the woman he loved most to the shadows in the dark, Agni is thrown into a whirlpool of events that he neither knows, nor understands. His quest for vengeance brings him to the doorstep of a secret that will shatter the very foundation of beliefs of a world. Can Agni avert his destiny? Can he uncover the truth about the Seven and the prophecies, now hidden behind a veil of ignorance? The secrets of the dark are sometimes so terrible that they are better left unsaid.

Review: The Secrets of the Dark is the first book in the series of ‘The Saga of Agni’. Written by Arka Chakrabarti, the book fantasy indulgence. The story is about a mystical land of Gaya which is divided into two parts – the land of the rising sun and the land of the setting sun. These two lands stand apart from each other culturally and geographically, separated by various seas in between. Agni, the protagonist is a ward of the King Adhirath of Himadri (a tiny kingdom in the land of the rising sun). He grows up with Prince Yani and his friend Vrish. Vrish also happens to be the son of Briksha (the man who brought Agni to the King when he was just a child). The plot and the characters are all very gripping and will keep you hooked till the end. The language is kept simple and therefore easy to understand. I liked the use of facts, history, symbols and ancient theories and I specifically admired the way that the author has connected all of these with the main story.The most dissapointing in this book was poor editing. The book has many editing mistakes and a story as good as this one would be just another pass on with such a horribly done editing job.  I sincerely hope that the next book will find better editor and proof-reader.

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