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Book Review: Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy By Kevin Missal

Book Review: Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy By Kevin Missal

Hello My Lovely Readers,

Hope every one is doing great and enjoying reading!
I love to read Indian Mythology Fictions and today is yet another one from this genre.
It is Book 1 of the The Mahaavatar Trilogy Series : Narasimha from an Indian author Kevin Missal.

I have read books from Kevin Missal before and have really liked his way of storytelling. So, let us see if this book too is as good as his earlier books....

Plot Summary: Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper- Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place?
Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideas of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose?
Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon- the Brahmashastra. But the tribals have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive?

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Language: English

Format: Paperback

Published By: Harper Collins

Price: Rs 250/-

No. Of Pages: 350

About The Author: Kevin Missal wrote his first book at the age of 14 and at 22 the St. Stephens graduate is a bestselling author and a full time writer, with the first two books in his Kalki series being a runaway success. Kevin loves fantasy fiction and has always been a fan of mythology.
His books have been featured in publications like The Sunday Guardian, The New Indian Express and Millennium Post. He lives in Gurugram.

My Review: Firstly starting with the cover of the book which I really liked and found absolutely perfect with the story line. The book also have a map of the place called Illavati at the end, which makes it even more interesting!

I love the way how the author Kevin Missal, at the starting of the book has mentioned 'Note to the Reader' that this book is his way of reimagining  the very popular character of our Indian mythology: Narasimha. He has mentioned very clearly, that this is not an accurate tale of Lord Narasimha.
Because many a times, I have seen readers comparing these fiction mythology books to the real tales which we have been listening to from our very childhood. So, for me personally I really liked that start..

We all know that Narasimha is known to be as one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, who has a face of lion and body of a human. We have also heard tales of Prahlad and Lord Indra.
So, these are the main characters of the story.

I love the way how story is knitted and how well all the characters are build and explained. The story is very interesting and it will make you turn pages continuously. The narration is absolutely gripping and clear.

Story starts with how Hiranyakashyap is mad to take revenge from Lord Indra for murdering his wife. How he want that ultimate nuclear weapon and do the trails. Nara has left the Simha army long time back and is living a life of isolation until Dev Indra came to him for his help to defeat Andhaka. Will Nara go back to his army which he left for a reason, which no one knows?

The book is little bit on the lengthier side.
It will surely be one of  the interesting books I have read this year.The book is suitable for all age group. Anybody who likes to read mythology fiction will enjoy it. I definitely look forward to the next one in the series.
I totally enjoyed reading it and highly recommend this book. Author Kevin Missal is surely doing a great job..
Do pick one for yourself:

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