Title : Agniputr
Author : Vadhan
Pages : 364
Publisher : Bloombury India
Genre : Fantasy
Cover : 4/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation : 4/5
Overall : 4/5
When ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, received an order of requisition from the Government of India for his ancestral castle, he was unaware of the Sutram beneath it or his own legacy. He will have to choose between the world’s end or his own.
Before long, the lawyer takes on India’s most powerful politician, Kiromal, a man utterly obsessed with power. Kiromal and his sinister Tantric advisor intend to use the evil beneath the castle to play God. Raghuram finds an ally in Sheila, a scientist who is tasked to investigate the Sutram. Using Quantum science to interpret a Vedic verse, they will have to unravel the secrets of Creation to stop the destruction. Through it all, they have to be one step ahead of Kiromal just to stay alive.
Now is the time of final reckoning. Will Kiromal harness the evil to rule the world? Or will the Sutram break free to eradicate the planet? Or, are Raghuram and Sheila merely pawns in an even deadlier game?
I have read Shatru, first book from the author, and since then I have been a fan of his writing. Indian writing is not really inclined towards fantasy writing but popularity of books like Harry Potter shows that there are readers who loves to read fantasy genre. Vadhan is among very few writers who takes the risk of writing something totally different from the mainstream writing.
Talking about Agniputr, it is many folds better than Shatru. This book is surely a page turner and keeps the reader on edge of his seat. I loved that the book is set in the period of mid nineteenth century and travels till present in a thrilling speed. Writing style of the author is undoubtedly amazing. Characterization has improved.
By far, this is the most realistic fantasy, I have ever read by an Indian writer. Surely, a must read by everyone who loves to read something different than usual.