Title : Shatru
Author : Vadhan
Pages : 262
Publisher : Leadstart
Genre : Fantasy Fiction
Cover : 4/5
Blurb : 4/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 4/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Overall : 4/5
Shatru was half Asura.
That was not the reason he was the best Hunter for the most powerful peace keeping force in all fourteen worlds. If he did not do their bidding, they would kill the one person he loved.
That was just the way it was.
The Devas and Asuras, the most powerful of the Primordial Tribes shadow-controlled the financial, political and cultural lives of all of humanity just for one reason, domination over each other through control of terrestrials.
When the brittle line between adversity and aggression was broken they were set on a collision course. Shatru was the only one standing between them.
To stop the Primordials from destroying each other, Shatru had to go after an ancient sentinel of Chaos ready to do what it takes just to destroy.
Vengeance was rising.
Shatru was in the way.
If he could not stop the Armageddon, ours will be the first world to wear away.
- Cover and blurb.
- Amazing Fantasy elements.
- Characterization of Shatru (well defined and is having various shades).
- Unique plot.
- Some great fighting sequences.
- Beginning of the book confuses a lot.
When we talk about fantasy fictions, the most common images that comes up in our mind are of Harry Potter, LOTR etc. but very rarely, some Indian fictional authors’ characters appear in front of us. In this kind of atmosphere it’s pretty difficult to take up a risk of writing in the fantasy genre, so for that I would like to congratulate the author, Vadhan for taking up a story which is purely based on fantasy.
Shatru, the name, the cover and the blurb, everything seems to be great. The book’s first impression will force you to pick up the book from the shelves of a book store.
The story starts up with some explanation about the basic theme and is followed by a strange murder of Kausalya and that’s the point from where the story kick starts. But as we goes further, the plot starts to confuse because too many characters gets hurdled up in the same scene and creates the blunder.
Then after 5 or 6 chapters, story picks up the pace again and this time there’s no looking back. The character of Shatru and Kris are pretty well explained and they both teams up greatly.
Fantasy looks incomplete without some mind blowing elements that looks larger than life and still looks pretty real. There are many elements in the book that I found pretty interesting, for eg., the way Shatru had talks with trees through flashes of images and the concept of time capsule and portability, both were explained using science facts and looked somehow real.
I would also like to mention the fighting sequences between the good and the evil. Some of them are fantastic, like the finale one, it’s pretty great and was easy to visualize.
Overall, if we ignore the opening few chapters, the book is great for fantasy lovers. Recommended for sure.