Cover : 3.5/5
Blurb : 4/5
Plot : 4.5/5
Story-line : 4.5/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5
Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha’ – Dharma protects those who protect it, so goes the saying from Manusmriti. A aphorism, considered an ideal way of life for a human. But in a age where the quest for survival presents a greater challenge, ethics and loyalty have become mere cursory references in the lives of people, in this world it becomes hard to define Dharma. A disillusioned general caught between his loyalty for his country and the cost of that loyalty. An assassin stuck in the past, hoping for a way to escape it. A warrior desperately trying to gain the respect of his benefactor. And an ancient enemy, re-emerging, hoping to right old wrongs. This is age of suffering and conflict, an age of Apostasy and humanity stands on a knife edge.
- Theme and plot.
- Writing Style.
- Pace, twists and turns.
- Detailing of characters and the timeline.
- Some portions where the detailing takes over the storyline.
When history mixes with fiction with proper facts and timeline description, something unusual happens and the same is this book titled Age Of Apostasy-Knife Edge. The book revolves around the period of Magadha Empire in ancient India. An epic battle that is said to be the apocalypse turned out to be something very different or may be not. The best thing about the book is it’s pace and uncertainty of events. For few pages, an event may appear to be something else and after some revelation it turns out to be something completely different. I loved the way the book is been written. It makes you stay at the edge of your seat till the very end.
The book is having some very interesting bits for example the quest of the commander of the army of Gaza who puts everything on stake to find the reason of the sudden appearance of supernatural powers to fight with the mortals. The book is full of thrilling and exciting twist and turns and the author never fails in making the Adeline rush in your veins.
The writing is crispy and pacy. Though sometimes the book goes into the philosophical mode that makes the read a bit boring but soon after, it picks up the momentum again.
Overall the book is having each and every element for the lover of thrilling historical/mythological tales. It will leave you bewildered. Fantastic book, a must read.