I had received this book as a part of the review program in Outset. I am glad that I opted to have this book picked for review. As any one looking for books would base their decision, I too picked this up basis the book blurb, which is as below :
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.
Well, call it a mythological fiction, call it historical horror fiction, it doesn’t matter as long as you love it. With attempting to categorize this under any genre, I should announce that I loved reading this. It was just yesterday that I was watching the 2017 Tom Cruise starrer, The Mummy, loved it for the 70% of the shot. Why I say that here is so that you get to connect the dots. I love anything written revolving around history or magic or curses or evil lurking in the darkness attempting to seep through and take over our world.
This is not to say that I have a low bar set for liking a book but rather that it is very easy to convert me when your story is set in one of these. I say that so that my readers get to know my natural fondness and how I might be swayed and to take it with that notion as a salt in this dish.
I loved the book. There is no way around it. It is no secret that Rajasthan is my favorite place in India, so yes, a perfect setting for the book as far as I am concerned. It was right at the intro chapter, a few pages in, that I knew this would be perfect. Almost like how you meet someone on a first date and then say, “This is the one.”
The character of Rudra was very easy to connect to. We can easily identify that troubled, confused teen who when thrust into limelight and a position of power is unsure of every decision that he makes but at the same time, tries and reasons all of them with the goodness that he yearns for and wants for all.
Though the cover is a very fine piece of art and I understand why it was chosen, I believe another one should have been picked for this book as it is with me as I am sure is with all, we all judge the book by the cover, though we know that we shouldn’t and might end up skipping on this.
I suggest that you pick this up.
Rating : 3.5/5