So, we’re back! With yet another book review (Courtesy:Blogadda). And trust me, there is some serious effort going into getting this up and posted. So if you are reading this, could we have double the applause? One for the review, and two, for being able to get this out there without the luxury of the Internet?
So this book I had already heard of quite a bit. Through Social networking sites, and as a huge recommendation from the Lil Sis, who is definitely a more voracious reader than I have been in a while. So even before Blogadda came up with this book for the review, she had asked me to read it. Now, I am into historical fiction, but I need it to be fast. Prior to Chanakya’s Chant, I had read the first of Ashok Banker’s Ramayana series, and though I found it informative, I also found it a little slow thanks to all the information it had. So the imminent comparison was this. I was told that at no point in the book would I find it slow, I repeat, an important point for me to consider while picking up a read. So, I decided to give it a go.
The book is set in 1900 BC, and is about Shiva, a native of Mount Kailash, who is invited along with his tribe to settle down in Meluha, a country hailed as the epitome of perfection. In the first few chapters, you realize, along with Shiva the character himself, that he is in fact a reincarnation of Lord Shiva who is out here for a purpose, to ensure that good wins over evil.
The narration is crisp, the settings can be visualized. There are a number of characters who are introduced along the way, but the focus stays on a chosen few, making it very easy to not lose track in an otherwise fast paced story.
However, I would categorise this book as a historical action packed story, rather than a thriller. More so, because I expect massive twists in the story for it to be a thriller per se. The book does give you small twists and surprises time and again, but there is nothing totally unpredictable that happens.
Towards the end of the book however, there is some level of spiritual realization and explanation provided, which in a way reminded me of the Dan Brown way of ending books. Where in one is expected to ponder over the bigger truths of life, good vs evil, the definition of evil, the path to happiness etc.
That being said, the book holds your attention throughout. Though the speculation of what could happen next is not as much, reading through what does is interesting in itself.
My only grouse with the book however is the way it ends. We know it is the first of a trilogy, and that it has a sequel on the way. But I somehow don’t think that justifies ending the book abruptly in the midst of a scene. A chapter yes, when the intention is to return in a couple of chapters to continue. But making the reader wait to know what happens next, till the next book is printed, is not my idea of a good ending. Infact, I would rant a bit more about that, but perhaps the fact that I have the second book in hand is stopping me from doing it!
Overall, the genre is similar to the kind I read and reviewed last, so if you’re into historical fiction, give it a go. This book for one will not take you long to sail through, considering the easy English and narration style. Oh, and don’t forget to keep part 2 ready if you are the impatient kind!