Blurb (from the jacket):
From the ashes of Epic Wars shall the great Lord of Dark rise,
So terrible his wrath, every protestor shall demise…
Ripped apart would be the Shield and the protecting forces,
A whole world shall fall, mortal or otherwise…
A heroic tale timed in modern age -- a battle of existence between evil and the good, bred on the ashes of the four thousand year old legendary Epic Wars. The ‘Immortal Protectors’ of the Temple are finding it hard to maintain control over a new rising evil power, far greater in magnitude than the previous war.
The Shield that protects Earth from external attacks had stopped the invading Dark Seekers, also called Nishachars -- a fled group from some distant dying planet -- for long. Until four thousand years ago … when the shield was ruptured, and the entire mortal world turned on the edge of demolition. It was then the immortal protectors, the Light Seekers, more commonly known as Devs, along with the remaining army of mortals fought and drove back the combined army of Nishachars and Asurs, and restored the shield -- but at a great price. The Nishachars retreated, and since then they have grown and redoubled their army several times, waiting for their prophesied Dark Lord to rise. The Devs, on the other hand, knowing that they won’t be able to stop the Great Dark Lord, if risen -- formed a secret brotherhood named ‘The Temple of Avinasi’ and scattered themselves throughout the world. Their only feeble hope lies in an ancient legend named ‘Kalki’, the last prophesied Avatar of Vishnu… And unaware of all this, two fourteen year old boys are presently spending their time merrily together in the mortal world, innocently oblivious to the fact, that how much changed their destinies are from what it seems, and how much the world’s fate is dependent on them…
My take on the book:
I started off reading this book by reading it's reviews. Perhaps, it is the first time I ever read reviews of the book I haven't read yet, but I was just curious. The rating for this book on GoodReads is on an average 4-something. That is pretty rare, I thought. I read the review in pursuit of weighing their authenticity. Well, I don't know, the review seem pretty original. However, I decided to find it out myself, so I started the book.
I must say, I like almost all the physical aspects of the book. Unlike various other novels from Frog Books, the quality of this book isn't degraded. The very weight of the book shouts the quality of the paper used to print. Also the cover design. I don't know what is so striking about the cover design, but I pretty much like it.
The book started off pretty much interesting, with the Leadstart's typical style of indent-less paragraphs.
Over the read, the author had got a lot of mixed-up thoughts. Otherwise, how can he blend-in Hindu mythology, yetis, aliens and Greek mythology in making this book. I really appreciate it, seriously. Having to spun a tale so complex and sophisticated, one needs to be lauded. I liked this book for that.
I see this negative aspect in most of today's books. I wonder, whether they are narrating a tale or just filling up pages describing all the vague, unimportant aspects of the setting. This book has too much of it. It was like the author is narrating the moment to moment story of the happenings. That really disappointed me. In fact, it gravely persuaded me to put this book aside. But I held on, expecting for a miracle.... if not in this book, maybe in the next book of this series.
Overall, it was fine, something gripping, mostly thrilling read. The more you are aware of the myths and folklores, the more you will find this book interesting...
Title: The Legend of Kalki
Author: Ayush Pathak
Series: The Temple of Avinasi, #1
ISBN (edition I've read): 9789383562381
Read between: 03-04-2014 to 04-04-2014
Reviewed for: Parag Mayekar
Publishers: Leadstart Publishers
MRP: ₹ 245 | $ 10