Book Reviews

The King of the Sea by Nandan Gautam – Book Review

  • Author: Nandan Gautam
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (8 January 2020)
  • Language: English


A metaphysical novel paired with two companion music albums, The King of the Sea transports you into a new dimension, where reality lies suspended between the past and the future. Push play and you are beamed into The King of the Sea universe, shifting from the writer’s inner journey towards the truth to a fictional character’s similar quest. The memoir and the thrilling sea epic weave in and out, diving into the deepest layers of the subconscious with startling honesty and gut-wrenching emotionality, offering a wealth of insights into personal growth, self-revelation and ultimately, love.

Both albums The King of the Sea and The Divine Flaw are available to the reader via an exclusive web link provided in the book. The music features Grammy Award Winning Drummer Antonio Sanchez, Pianist Rainer Brüninghaus, Keyboardist Tom Schuman, Drummer Chad Wackerman, Guitarist Amit Heri, Guitarist Tony Das and many more musicians who helped to make this a uniquely immersive experience.

My Review

Poetry has a special place in my heart. It is one thing that I go back to, every time I find myself dull and disinterested. Poetry brings to a range of emotions, a variety of rhythmic words, and of course, peace.

The King of the Sea is, by far, one of the most unique novels I have had the pleasure to read. It’s spiritual. It’s poetic. It’s calming, It’s relatable. It’s different. The book is accompanied by two music albums to enhance a reader’s experience. Now, isn’t that the most unusual thing? Yes and YES!

The King of the Sea by Nandan Gautam is a metaphysical novel and a musical odyssey that takes into account varying themes to bring out a delightful work of art. You wouldn’t find a structure in the book – it is beyond the conventions and I guess that makes reading it liberating. Through the first few pages, it got difficult for me to hold on to the subject matter because a lot of unrelated things were happening. But just hang in there folks, and you’d be immersed in the words and poetry. It is a book that makes us look within – a world that we so often ignore. The visual imagery that the carefully served words present is excellent. What thrilled me the most was how effortlessly the author has put his wandering thoughts into chunks of words and how relatable they turn out to be, for us. I was absolutely in love with the quotes inserted between the prose which speak volumes in bare minimum words. I’d share a few of my favorites here:

  • I sometimes take you away from yourself. I push you as far as you can possibly go. It’s the surest way to find yourself again.
  • Become suspect. Be watchful of all that is happening around you. It is coded. It has a purpose. And it will not necessarily fall into your framework of logic.
  • Surrender, and you will see miracles. Find peace in the storm, and I will show you the way.
  • A lifetime can be lived in a dream, my friend, for dreams are where days and years can pass in a moment, and a moment can feel like an eternity.
  • Silence is coming, my friends, Like the great sea of seas that cares not for ships or stones, It will leave nothing the same.
  • And one day he opened a page of the book that took him to an all-too-familiar place. A place he could never really forget.
  • I live for my dreams. And I will make sure some never come to pass, so that I may live on, so that I may live on. And have something to live for.
  • A man can change his life in a single moment. But for that, he must let go of what he holds on to the most. Or face what he fears the most.
  • The light exists inside you. For when the time is right, you will see the cosmos within.
  • Only when all the doors outside are closed will you enter the kingdom that lies within you.

And lastly,

Whatever makes you come alive is the path.

In a nutshell, it is an exotic experience to read such creative books. And here I’d want to mention that this cover is one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. This is a book for all. It is easy yet deep – something we all need 🙂


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