- Author: Kevin Missal
- Genre: Mythology Fiction
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins India; 1 edition (10 June 2019)
- Language: English
Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon – the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by bestselling author Kevin Missal.
Mythology Fiction is a new wave in the Indian Publishing Industry. Of late, I have come across so many books which more or less refer to Hindu mythology and touch upon the prominent notions, molding them and refining them to create a new version. That’s how stories and books are being created these days.
Narasimha is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. He is half lion, half man – carrying the softness of a human and fierceness of a lion. Narasimha is having the blood of Prahlad’s mother on his hands and also of his brother’s. His only redemption could be sought in saving young Prahlad from the conspiracies and bloodshed of the world torn between Asuras and Devas. Andhaka is a character that represents an abused and grim childhood culminating into horrific adulthood. Prahlad has to choose between betraying his father and killing his guruji. His choice would affect a lot already put at stakes.
The story is primarily about Narasimha’s redemption. He is longing to make amends for his past deeds. He decides to right his wrong and move ahead in life peacefully. But would the path be smooth? The hunger for power reverberates in the narrative hanging between justice, truth, lies, love, friendship, family, Adharma, and Dharma. With a simple writing style and a few adventurous instances, the book manages to intrigue its readers.
The character development is good enough. I found Holika rooting for her child Simhika delightful. That was a fresh take on the perceived notions. Bringing out beauty behind an otherwise defamed character was indeed praiseworthy. Nara’s development from a meek person to a fierce warrior was amazing to witness. The Three Trials (read the book to know more about them) were super good. My favorite was The Trial of Mental Awareness where the topic of consent in the procreation is brought forth. And a look at the cover would tell you how exhilarating ide it would be to read the book.
The story was predictable and the narration was good enough to support it. Except for a few places where new things though fictionary are discussed, the book does not have that spark which it promised to contain. Despite a dull ending, I am waiting for Book 2 to answer the important questions left at a cliffhanger in this book.
MY RATING: 3.5/ 5
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