A well plotted, intelligent fantasy novel!

“Age of Azmoq: The Valantian Imperium” by Rajamayyoor Sharma is one of it’s kind of a book!

A delightful fantasy, so unique and captivating, that it engrosses and glues the readers from the beginning.

I have been disappointed by a few Indian fantasy authors however, Rajamayyoor Sharma totally stood upto my expectations, or even beyond the expectations.

The plot is woven meticulously, with fine detailing, vivid imagination and picturization, intelligent thinking and great selection of words!

The storyline revolves around Azmoq, which is a powerful and the rarest metal on the planet. It’s the ultimate source and symbol of real power, controlled by Valantian Imperium, which is a world similar to our own, yet as different as you can fathom.
Age of Azmoq is the story of fear and revolution between men of godly powers and commoners. This is a fantasy laced with action, drama, imagination, rumors, revolution and power.

The narration and describing is indeed exceptional with footnotes provided at the bottom which prove to be really helpful. The maps and illustrations certainly enhanced the interest to read the book quickly. Being a massive read, the book may seem to drag an lag at times, but the fervour at which the book gains pace hooks the readers till the end.

Language is rich, lucid and easy going. Title is eye – catching, unique and would want the readers to pick up the book and know what lies inside. Blurb is consice and well written, but disappointed me a bit, for being somewhat vague and lacking excitement.
Cover is attractive, imaginative and would certainly arouse curiosity in readers’ minds to delve into “Age of Azmoq.”

I would like to rate it as 4.4 out of 5.

Overall, a well plotted, fantasy tale that would grab the attention of readers and engross them till the end!

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A collection of seventy three artistic, heart – touching pieces of poetry!

“Solitude and Other Obsessions” by five contributing poets – Uma, Binod, Trupti, Shruti and Saurin is a soul – stirring collection of seventy three poems!

Intially, I was skeptical about reading and reviewing a poetry collection as I am not much of a poetry reader and prefer prose over it. However, this simple yet powerful bundle of poems left a lasting impression on my mind.

Ranging from natural beauty to a soldier’s voice, human emotions to reflections of a man, these poems span over a wide variety of themes and topics. Each poet has own style of expression and presentation. Some of the poems touched sensitive social issues and were deep, serious, meaningful and thought-provoking.
The poems string at love, sorrow and heartbreak experienced by every member of our species of mankind.

The language was simple, easy and smooth. A few poems lacked poetic essense and failed to make an impact on readers like me.
And some of the poems touched the deepest chords of my heart.

“A restless soul” by Uma Sudhindra, “My reflections” by Binod Panda, “The caged bird flies” by Trupti Kalamdani, “All that matters” by Dr. Shruti Arabatti and “Solitude” by Saurin Desai particularly appealed to me.

The myriad emotions that the poems evoked for they span different genres, styles, emotions, time and places, rendered me a poetry lover!

The cover painting is abstract, artistic and sober. Title and blurb seemed mediocre.

I would like to rate it as 3.3 out of 5.0.
Recommend to poetry lovers!

A fascinating journey into the world of dark arts, mystics and ultimate divine!

“Reminiscences OF A Seeker: Dark Face Of A White World” by Kapil Kumar Bhaskar is a fascinating account of author’s true experiences with spiritual world!

The book being a true story, fascinates and takes the readers into dark and unbelievable world of mystics, spirituality and dark arts.

The plot opens with author’s yearning for a true spiritual master, however the author is plunged deep into the vortex of tantric powers, dark arts and paranormal world of sadhus and aghoris.

His journey through the unforseen, extraordinary circumstances intrigue the readers and glue the readers completely.

The book deals with supernatural elements anf incidents which seem unbelievable. To embark on this journey with the author, the readers need to believe, have faith in spiritualism.

The author has flawlessly narrated the events, fascinating and thrilling the readers immensely. At times, certain parts got dragged a bit too much, but the overall suspense helped it get overshadowed.

The book deals with powerful themes like student-teacher relationship, it’s boundaries, the occult world of supernatural and dark arts, practised by yogis and aghoris. The author talks about how the events pulled him in a world of drama, suspense, greed, betrayal, struggle, strength and HOPE. And most importantly, the strength and inspiration to get out of the dark world towards light.

The glossary provided at the end proved really helpful in understanding the book. Language is inspiring and lucid. Characterization is done well, and being a true account, characters seemed to come to life.

The title hints towards the mystical and spiritual account contained in the book, cover is simple yet powerful and attractive. It connects with author’s journey from the dark world to the illuminated white world. Blurb is well written and consice.
I would like to rate it as 4.0 out of 5.0.

Overall, a gripping, real story of author’s pursuit of ultimate divine!

An action packed journey through AQSON level 1, full of twists and turns!

“Aqson Level 1” by Sreejib is a thrilling and gripping fantasy tale!

The plot is brimming with myriad elements, of fantasy, mythology, action and politics!
The storyline revolves around AQSON which is a game being played between God and Satan (Lucifer) for a time period of 30 years.
The objective of the game is to win or get the post of prime minister of India with the help of angels and weapons of each team. The story is set in Delhi and Kolkata.
The theme of the book is multi- layered, multi- dimensional and multi- faceted. The novel discusses some of the problems prevalent in India in a fascinating manner.

The characters are strong, powerful and relatable. They depict friendship, immense bonding and closeness with each other. Toya, Yuvrani, Ollie, Rahul and other characters touch the hearts of the readers.

The narration is detailed, minute and flawless. The vividness of description spellbinds the readers and one can picturize and imagine the situation as described by the author.

Language is lucid, smooth, with Bengali words and conversation, but fortunately along with translations. Vocabulary is rich and apt.

The theme and plot is well built, with twists and turns, action, magic, mythology, fantasy and politics. The reality of the nation, current scenario and problems are depicted covertly.
Moreover, the author has emphasised the contribution of youth in nation building in the book.

To balance the seriousness of the book, the author has infused humor, thrill and suspense in the tale, hooking the readers till the end.

However, at points, I found the story a little confusing, acronyms and short forms difficult to remember and made me flip the pages back.

The cover of the book is certainly eye-catching, attractive. Title, seemed somewhat abstract and mysterious to me, but eventually, the mystery is solved. Blurb was consice and hinted at the story lying inside in a brief manner.

Overall, a thrilling experience! Recommend to all bibliophiles out there…

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An action packed tale of courage and patriotism!

“Shaheen Must Die” by Captain Rakesh Walia is an intense, intriguing and courageous account of an army officer!

The plot is weaved meticulously, which is powerful like waves lapping at you, drawing you in the vortex of suspense, mystery, strength and emotions.

‘Shaheen Must Die’ is the story of the protagonist, captain Rakesh Walia, his son Mohit, Shaheen, the most enigmatic character, col.Parashar, his friend Arijit set against an army background.
Though the names of main characters are just as same as in real life of the author, this is a complete work of fiction.
The storyline completely absorbs the readers from the beginning and takes them on an emotional ride, through twists and turns, gripping and spell bounding the readers on the way.
Immense patriotism is reflected by the way author is penned down this book.
Though it may sound odd, but I found a bit of connection, some sort of similarity between ‘Shaheen Must Die’ bollywood movie ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Other readers might differ as there were plenty of dissimilarities too.

The language was simple and lucid, narration and author’s style of storytelling was smooth and easy going.
Characterization was done really well, with unforgettable characters, brought out so vividly in the readers’ minds.

The cover of the book impressed me. It’s sufficient to arouse curiosity as to know more about the tale. It’s attractive and suits the storyline.
The blurb was average, brief and consice, with a scope for improvement.
Title, ‘Shaheen Must Die’ is catchy, suspenseful and perfectly suitable for the book!

Overall, a well written contemporary fiction, containing romance, action, emotions, thrill and above all, courage, bravery and patriotism!

A collection of myriad heart-warming tales!

“Story wallah” by Kumar Ganesan is heart -warming collection of fourteen little tales.

The stories are beautifully crafted, each one inspired directly or indirectly from author’s real life experiences.

The tales are written on wide variety of themes, some extremely strong and powerful, depicting hard – hitting, bitter truths of our society like ‘Make Up & Made Up’.
The tales are capable of catching the attention of readers and leading them to read each and every short, crisp and realistic tale with enthusiasm.
Moreover, a few stories aim at breaking down walls of ignorance and busting myths and notions formed in our society. ‘Real Men Cry’ is one such tale which I loved immensely for it’s emotional and powerful impact.
Also, some of the tales like ‘Pushpak Express’ happened to be eye – openers and the essence of all the stories deeply etched in minds of readers like me.
‘I, Me and Pemba’ was an inspiring tale and the author has penned down his fears, thoughts and emotions in the story in a subtle way.
Other stories were interesting, thought provoking and unique!
Memoirs like ‘Malligai Poo Maami’ portrayed author’s keen observations and detailed description.
Rest of the stories were equally well written, gripping and seemed to form a bond with the readers.

According to me, the most exciting part of the book was wonderful illustrations and sketches on each page. They enhanced my speed and enthusiasm to read the book manifold.
The stories also contained great quotations to inspire the readers.

The language and vocabulary was good enough and a lot of vernacular words, phrases and sentences, including Tamil and Hindi were used. It would have been better if the author provided a glossary of these words.
Narration was simplistic, natural and realistic, making the book an easy read.
Nevertheless, plenty of errors including spelling mistakes, typing or printing mistakes and grammatical errors disappointed me.
I found the cover too simple but the illustrations contained in the book balances that. Title is quirky and blurb talks about the book and stories briefly.

Overall, it’s a bunch of myriad stories on varied themes which are enthralling, inspiring and down-to-earth with little or no drama.

A brief, practical guide to face challenges of life!

“The Self Directed – Learning Ways” by Gaurang Bhatt is precise and concise book about practical ways to handle life!

The book deals with methods and techniques to face challenges of life in various fields. And it inspires, motivates and helps the readers to face the journey of life head – on. The author has touched various issues including human interactions, self-control, self-confidence,anger management, meditation, goal setting, planning ahead, setting priorities in life etc.

The inspirational quotes act like icing on the cake and prove to be beneficial for the readers by engaging and inspiring them.

Language is kept simple and easy going, narration is brief and to the point, making the book a short and powerful read. In my opinion, the author has succeeded in fulfilling his purpose of inspiring the readers in a non preachy way.

Cover is simply yet attractive, hinting at the theme of the book. Title is interesting and blurb is written well.

Overall, a superb short book to face challenges of life with positivity and optimism.

An enigmatic, intriguing tale!

“KANSA – Book 1 – The Killer Trilogy” by Prassant Kevin is a suspenseful tale dealing with criminal psychology!

The plot is gripping and engrossing as it takes the readers into the world of crime, murder and evil psychopath – Kansa.
Forty pregnant women have been murdered along with their unborn children over a long span of time by Kansa.
ACP Desai has been given the responsibility to solve this complex mystery.
Professor Black, the most enigmatic and intriguing character in the tale comes to her rescue and consents to help her unfold the mystery.
The plot is tightly woven and described in the most engaging and enthralling way.

Language is lucid and characterization is done extremely well. The readers can relate with each and every character as they have been portrayed efficiently with appropriate description.
However, the spelling and grammatical errors were considerably annoying and editing certainly requires improvisation.

I found the cover mediocre considering the gripping and nail-biting suspense the story contained. Blurb was concise and well written. The title “KANSA” is indeed apt and suitable

.Overall, a great crime fiction novel which is bound to leave the readers craving for more!

A gripping mythological fantasy novel!

Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu” is a mythology inspired fantasy novel by Kevin Missal.

To be honest, I had a lot of expectations from the book. Some were met, others were not.

The storyline was great, revolving around Kalki Hari, a resident of a little village on the outskirts of Keekatpur. Kalki is born the superhero, however he is ignorant of his strengths and heritage, his purpose of life!
On the other hand, Kali, who rules the kingdom of Keekatpur is evil and belongs to the clan of Rakshas.
Kalki is the happening and heart-throbbing tale of war between good and evil.
The plot includes various references from Indian mythology including Kalki purana and Mahabharata. Here, Kalki, our protagonist refers to the tenth incarnate of Lord Vishnu.

The author has put in a lot of efforts to create a gripping and engaging storyline, of which, some were fruitful, other in vain.

The description of characters or characterization was done amazingly, by building the characters slowly and steadily, so that the readers are able to connect and relate with them.

A description given at the end of the book, explaining various tribes mentioned in the tale including Rakshas, Yakshas, Asuras etc proved to be beneficial in understanding the plot.

The narration of the plot was done well, however, there was an abruptness with which the plot proceeded. At times, the story jumped from one scene to other without settling in the minds of the readers.

The language was simple and lucid, but the grammar was pathetic. The errors ranged from improper use of pronouns to erractic sentence formation. Editing errors were numerous and hence, were a distraction to the readers.

Nevertheless, the twists and turns hooked the readers till the end. The book is brimming with entertainment, suspense, drama, mythology and fantasy!
The map provided in the book adds sheen to the novel.

The cover, no doubt is extremely attractive and would make the readers pick up the book. Blurb is well written and concise. The title might mislead the readers a bit, as ‘Kalki’ might be interpreted by the readers as pure work of mythology whereas it is a work of fiction inspired by mythology as clarified by the author.

Overall, a great read, recommend to all book lovers.

A melodramatic tale of friendship, love and heartbreak!

For a Girl in a Star” by Ratna Chandu is a heartfelt tale of friendship, betrayal, love, sacrifice and passion!

The author has weaved a tragic and compelling tale around Avinash and Sahas, two close friends and companions who head towards Bangalore in pursuit of ambition. Their nature is contradictory to each other, Sahas being hardworking and nervous.
The plot takes a turn and their bond of friendship is tested when Aarti comes into their lives. A beautiful and compassionate girl, capable of tugging at heart strings of both the friends, she entices both.
Will the love and passion for Aarti, drift two close friends apart?
This is a heart wrenching story which talks about hardships of life
and how to handle them with maturity and deals with love and heartbreak!

The language is lucid and mellifluous and the description and narration is truly vivid and imaginative. The characters are strongly portrayed, depicting melodrama and emotions deeply.

However, the editing errors including spelling and grammatical errors are numerous. Moreover, at times the story becomes predictable and the readers can guess what might be coming next.

I found the cover simple and sober, pertaining to what lies inside the book. Title is apt with a well written blurb, forcing the readers pick it up and revel in the this tale!

Overall, a melodramatic tale of friendship, love and heartbreak, which will entertain and engage the readers to the core…