Blurb: Inkredia is a land where humans and nonhumans live together in balance, but without ever facing each other, unless… they must. When seventeen-year-old Luwan finds himself in a grave danger, he has to make a daring choice. The village that kept him safe all these years can’t protect him anymore. Either he can stay and die or he can enter the dangerous world outside and make journey to a city that will keep him and his sister safe. But there is a good chance that this journey itself will kill him. He sets out, but only to find that his peril is far greater than his calculations. He heads into a mysterious new enemy, a band of legendary assassins that are usually sent to bring down men of great power. Luwan is clueless why they are after his head, but they don’t offer him the luxury to find an answer to that question. He’s thrown into a relentless run across a great distance. And, as he travels, he learns about fascinating places in Inkredia, about powerful relics and artifacts and… about the dark side of Inkredia. He faces the great force of Ilmor that gives birth to incredible nonhumans. What is the force of Ilmor? Can Luwan protect his sister against such powerful enemies? Will he find answers to all the mysteries?
About the author: Sarang Mahajan, an avid fan of fantasy/adventure novels is the author of Luwan of Brida, a well appreciated book available in India, USA and UK. The book has caught attention of Indian readers as the first, major authentic fantasy by an Indian writer. A wide traveler, he is also fond of travel photography and travel writing.
Review: Thank you to Author and the book club for sending me the copy of this book to read and review it in my blog. When I first saw the book, the title and book cover generated anxiety to read it quickly. As I realised it is of a fantasy genre, it put me off. This is the genre I avoid but I had to read to write this review. Coming to the book now, Luwan is an herb collector and his parents were members in the council of the Lord. He has a sister named Meg, but Luwan leaves home due to a petty fight. His mother gives him a pendant, with a silver spiral in it and a blank book. His father leaves a letter wishing him to visit Tashkrum and meet Shenoble. Luwan, who earns to survive refuses tax collector to pay. Death is the sole reprimand. Meg comes to his hut to alert and save him. Confused Luwan opens up a book given by his mother. He finds out the solution in form of a riddle and decides to hold up his and his sister’s life. Luwan’s best friend Narjo helps them and they run away from Brida. They are followed by Ghork riders, devil creatures who eat human flesh. The question which comes in the mind is – will the simple villager Luwan manage to run safely? Will they be able to survive from Ghork Riders? What are the dangers ahead? Will they reach their destination? If all this has excited I suggest you can pick this book to read further. The book ends abruptly which makes us know that there is next book coming would be continuation to this present book/story. Despite the easy and simple language and not so boring narration, this book has not impressed me in any way. This book is adorned with a great fantasy and is an ultimate entertainment package if you want adventurous reading else you can skip it.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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