Cover : 4.5/5
Blurb : 4.5/5
Plot : 5/5
Story-line : 4.5/5
Characters : 5/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5
The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.
- Cover & Blurb.
- Writing Style.
- Pacy storyline.
- Side stories.
After a great debut with ‘The Karachi Deception’, author Shatrujeet Nath takes his readers head on with sudden change in genre. The Gaurdians of the Halahala is a Fantasy/ Mythological fiction which is a part of the series called Vikramaditya Series.
The Saga talks about the poison Halahala that was the outcome of ‘Samudramanthan’. Lord Shiva is believed to have swallowed the poison but the lesser known fact was that a portion of Halahala was hidden in a dagger who’s possession somehow reaches to the Vikramaditya, a human king and there begins the epic was between Devas, Asuras and Humans.
The story consists of many twists and turns that keeps the reader engraved in the book. The mythological events are pretty well placed with the ever changing suspense of the storyline. Author’s writing style is a constant topic of debate between the mavericks of Indian Literature since his debut and the same continues in this book as well with Excellency.
There are plenty of characters in the book and it’s pretty difficult to manage them but the author dodged this difficulty as well and created a clear cut image of every character in the reader’s mind. The two characters which successfully leave an impression are Lord Shiva and the Vikramaditya himself. Another lovely thing about the book is its pace. A good thriller should always be pacy, the same is with this particular book.
The only drawback I found in the book were its side stories, they somehow throws away the momentum of the main plot of the story. But overall the book is fantastic and is destined to be liked by anyone who picks it up and have a slightest interest in the genre.