A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.
But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.
As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.
Khayaal Patel’s Tarikshir: The Awakening is a vivid and lively romp through a fantasy world marked by lavish mystery and wonderful mythology.
This book is a power-chord fantasy overflowing with attitude. I could easily put this as a masterpiece debut work by Khayaal who has blended action, suspense, plot, narration and cover to its best form. There are some puns and romance in the middle as well.
What makes this book such a delight is that it is very much that—an enormous tome detailing a magical quest and hero’s journey—but also something more. Magic won’t solve everything; the suspense creates its own miracle.
Story pace- gradually a super page turner towards the second half. I did take a while to finish this book because of some time constraints- otherwise, this would be one or two sit read.
This is a must-read book if you like a blend of Ramayana and British India Plot. Anyone looking for fantasy amplified with mythology will have a ball.
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