The New Dewtas – Book Review

  • Author: Suraj Kothiyal
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd (2018)
  • Language: English

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Neer, the head priest of the Himalayas, is troubled by the horrifying visions in his dream. On Ganga Maiyya’s behest, he embarks on a journey to the doomed island of Bali. The island, plagued with cyclic torments of Sekala and Neskala and suffering from constant rainfall, faces imminent danger of drowning in the sea. However, Neer’s power was no match for the strong evil forces that kidnapped the king and the queen, activating the volcano of Mt Agung. With the neighboring king of Java on his toes to attack and conquer the struggling island of Bali, will the gritty prince Erlangga, assisted by Neer, be able to save his kingdom? Read to find out how people turn towards the new dewtas introduced by Neer as the end becomes evident and how Eka-Dasa-Rudra helps in arousing the most furious energy of this world, Rudra.

My Review

An unheard story cooked up behind the creation of the world as we know it today – with the presence of Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva – is what we get in this historical fiction The New Dewtas.

The book begins at a snaily pace with a lot of chaos happening all at once. For me, the book took the time to connect. Initially, it lacked the flow of thought and an abrupt induction of characters into it made it difficult to grasp. But after a few pages into it, you are welcomed in the world of adventure and action. And there, the story begins!

A blue monk Neer who sees weird visions is brought to an island to get it rid of negative energies(witches and so on!). The whole book revolves around how the good could be restored in Bali amidst the esoteric cycles of Sekala and Neskala. I was bemused by the neoteric concepts introduced in the book. It was fiction and yet felt quite real at places. The equally strange names of the characters glued me to the book and what kept this connection intact was the continuous action that plays through the narrative.

The character of Erlangga was a bit annoying for me because either he is too manipulative or way too impulsive. I liked Neer for he endures the ill-treatment of his hosts and persists to help the poor citizens of Bali. He is smart, brave, and the right choice to be the harbinger of peace and the power behind the installation of new dewtas. This event changes the fate of Bali forever. Rudra’s madness or I should say immense energy has been described very well. In fact, the sequence of fights was something that attracted me the most in the book.

The cover of the book is amazing. It compliments the content of the book.

The language and writing style is good enough. I would still suggest the author give the book a more interesting ‘start’ because that can make or break its future. The narration is effective and could be further worked upon. The overall presentation of the book is good and must be read once if you are into history and likes to dwell upon the imaginative stories built around the mythologies.

MY RATING: 3.5/ 5 


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