June 4 2018

Vikramaditya Veergatha Book 1 – The Guardians of the Halahala

Blurb: The Price of a Promise Paid in Blood’. 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.

About the author: Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist and assistant editor at the Economic Times, Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with the Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by the Guardians of the Halahala and the Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.

Review: This is my first historical fiction read of the year and I think this genre has become the flavour of the fiction season. I have read stories of Gods and Goddesses, Kings and Queens, interpretations of epics. Now has come ‘The Vikramaditya Trilogy’, the first book in the series ‘The Guardians of Halahala’, is creation of an entirely new historical saga, which is completely matchless. The author has included many historical characters in the story along with literary facts which make the plot fascinating. The kingdom of Avanti is a site of heroism with King Vikramaditya at its control. The nine gems of his court, Amara Simha, Dhanavantri, Kalidasa, Kshapanaka, Vararuchi, Varahamihira, Ghatakarpara, Shanku and Vetala Bhatta display utmost dedication to their king and the population of Avanti. They symbolise love, trust and devotion, signifying a bond of friendship so deep that one will be enthralled simply by reading about them.The cover reads -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. 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 time of myth and legend. The book throws light on the adventures of Vikram and Betaal. The author made Betaal a part of this story, devoid of any excuses. Writing style has a classy touch to it and offers a smooth and soothing reading journey. Talking about the downfall of the book, at some places the needed flow is missing. Apart from this very thing, everything is at its place and played their role very-well. ‘The Guardians of the Halahala’ is a good read and the next book of the ‘The Vikramaditya Trilogy’ might emerge as a modern day masterpiece. In short, an entertaining story. I would highly recommend this book to mythological lovers. 

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June 4 2018

‘Feedspot’ and best Blogs

I recently discovered ‘Feedspot’ while browsing a blogging community. Feedspot lets you read all your favorite blogs and websites in one place. You save time by not visiting each website separately to see what’s new. You can discover Top Blogs & Best Websites in 2018.

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