REVIEW : Magnificence. This book is absolute magnificence. Now mythology books are coming in so quickly into the market that it’s getting hard to know a good book from a bad one. There are some really awful ones out there (that I won’t mention) and they are all given five star reviews by the author’s friends or family or bots and it’s making it so much more difficult to differentiate the good from the bad. I was close to writing off Mythology books as Meluha wannabes when I spotted this book.
A well written book that doesn’t resort to popular or overly sexual tropes to get itself talked about. What is particularly great about Guardians Of The Halahala (GOTH) is that it gives every single character it’s due. It doesn’t make the male characters seem amazing and the female characters negligible. It doesn’t make the Devas seem perfect and the Asuras seem awful. It gives everyone a perfectly believable amount of negatives and positives leaving just enough in the dark to cause intrigue. Not to mention that the debut authors skills at describing things is so beautiful that I felt like I was living in each moment. If you check 106 you’ll see the most beautiful description of Ujjaini and in 195 a wonderfully described moment at war (not that war is wonderful, but the style of description indeed is).
And the female characters! The brilliantly written female characters in here. Shanku and Kshapakshana are amazingly written. Never are they credited for their figure of their beauty or for the size of their breasts. They are treated just like the other characters, with intelligence and wit and power. While their voluptuous figure is mentioned so is Kalidasa’s muscular one. They are given their due which is something I haven’t seen in many books. This made it a particularly special read for me and I hope other mythology writers take a page out of Nath’s book.
Shatrujeet Nath is a brilliant author and if this book is anything to go by I will be expecting his others to be on bestselling lists all around. I’m surprised that this book hasn’t gotten the attention that other, much less impressive, books have gotten.
Pick up this book and you’ll be waiting eagerly for the next instalment just like I am. The Conspiracy At Meru is a must read for me.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.