Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Review# 32: The Rise of Sivagami : Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan, has authored few books in that Asura being a personal favorite. I had loved the way he had put across an entirely un imagined version of the already known story. Loved the way the author narrated that story.

Blessed by the sacred Gauriparvat, Mahishmathi is an empire of abundance. The powerful kingdom is flourishing under its king, who enjoys the support and loyalty of his subjects, down to his lowly slaves. But is everything really as it appears, or is the empire hiding its own dirty secret?

Orphaned at a young age and wrenched away from her foster family, Sivagami is waiting for the day she can avenge the death of her beloved father, cruelly branded a traitor. Her enemy? None other than the king of Mahishmathi. With unflinching belief in her father’s innocence, the fiery young orphan is driven to clear his name and destroy the empire of Mahishmathi against all odds. How far can she go in her audacious journey?

From the pen of masterful storyteller and bestselling author Anand Neelakantan, comes The Rise of Sivagami, the first book in the series Baahubali: Before the Beginning. A tale of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal, the revelations in The Rise of Sivagami will grip the reader and not let go.

My Review:

With the same high expectations and of course the famous Bahubali craze made me pick up this one and I was not disappointed at all. A book on the famous movie, a prequel for me is a first and this one just nails it. I love the way Sivagami is portrayed, strong, ruthless, fiery and very intelligent.

The story moves at a nice pace and the twists makes the reader engrossed and eager to know what happens next. The backdrop is used beautifully and total justice is done to all the characters. Defines them nicely as to why they are what they are.
Eagerly waiting for the next one. Indian authors are few who could tap this genre in such a beautiful way. Like writing a racy thriller, suspense novels. Ravi Subramanian is a favorite, now Anand Neelakantan too has joined the list of favorites.


I would rate this 4.5/5 only because of the wait for the next one. J

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