Book Reviews

The Crown of Seven Stars – Book Review

  • Author: Gitanjali Murari
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ebury Press (17 February 2020)
  • Language: English

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Aum is under attack. The enemies are not external; rather, they are within the kingdom, each obsessed with the Crown of Seven Stars. Early one morning, Destiny rolls her dice. General Saahas, the heir to the throne, becomes a hunted man and Aum plunges into chaos, submitting meekly to the tyranny of the self-appointed Raja Shunen and the wily Queen Manmaani.

Turned into a fugitive, Saahas is forced to submit to the power of the saade saati–the dreaded seven and a half years befalling every person at least once in their lifetime. Bitter and full of despair, he vows to vanquish his biggest foe, Destiny.

Rolling the dice once more, Destiny prepares to bend Saahas to her will. She, not Saahas, must decide the winner of the Crown of Seven Stars.


Aren’t we all found cursing our kismet most of the time? Of course. We’d continue to rant over our destinies and that how we were not able to achieve what we desired. But have you ever thought to challenge your destiny?

The Crown of Seven Stars is a magnificent tale with concepts such as courage, destiny, and self-awareness strung together. It is a story of a land Aum, its transformation into Aham, and then, how it got back its name. It is a book that inspires us to push our limits, which motivates us to go beyond the preconceived notions and carve our own destinies. Through the maze of kings, kingdoms, gods, the book traces its journey toward showing us how can we tame our inner selves and become one with it.

The book takes into account the wrongdoings of several generations and how they come to get their redemption. With a fresh plot and a variety of characters, the author has constructed a fine story that would engage any reader. Although at places it seemed dull and dragged, eventually, it did manage to pick up the pace. The writing is fine and the overall concept of the book turned out to be pretty interesting. I was excited at how some vital philosophy is slipped between the lines of wars and conspiracies. I was absolutely in awe of the plot which reflects different themes of self-recognition, faith, betrayal, love, friendship, jealousy, and hunger for power. I found a few sequences under-developed which could have been elaborated upon to provide more clarity on the subject matter.

The treatment of the plot is fine-tuned to the intent of the narrative. Thus, it comes out as a book which is a great pick for some unique reading experience. Moreover, I found the cover pretty good and if you share the same opinion, do let me know.


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