There are a lot of mythology books in the market and then there’s the Kalki series. There’s something about the book which I can’t really pin point but it surely enhances the look and feel of the whole concept of Kalyug! A three part series for a debut author like Kevin Missal, Satyayoddha Kalki as book 2 becomes unputdownable.
The Blurb says: After a defeat at the hands of Lord Kali, Kalki Hari must journey towards the Mahendragiri mountains with his companions to finally become the averted he’s destined. But the road ahead is not without peril. Not only is he trapped by the cannibalistic armies of the pisach, he is also embroiled in the Civil War of the vanars. And in the midst of all this, he meets a face from the legends. Meanwhile, Manasa, the sister of the late Vasuki, plots to overthrow Lord Kali by bringing a massive war to his kingdom. But naagpuri, her homeland, has been infilterated by their sworn enemy, The suparns. Not only does she need to protect her kingdom from the suparns, she must also protect her close ones from the league of conspirators at her own home. Who can she really trust? And will she be able to put and end to Lord Kali’s rule? As the plot thickens and Lord Kali sees his ambition crushed right before hjs eyes, he comes to know about his race and its history that threatens to destroy the very fabric of this world’s reality.
The book says a lot more things than stated. You NEED TO read it to know what’s in it. But if you aren’t done with book 1, don’t worry. Book 2 has a recap of everything along with maps which will tell you exactly what has happened. You cannot help but fall for the characters, knowing exactly which side you’re going to take as the book progresses.
The writer has this innate writing style which is different from other authors but it also has a tinge of complexity while reading. You must be completely into the book without an iota of lack of concentration to understand the book. A few blink and you miss situations are there which slowly builds the book and its contents.
There were very few and next to no grammatical errors and even if they were, I frankly overlooked them given the narration was spot on. A few scenes could have been chopped off to completely justify the 430 pages this book stands at.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5