Author: A fantasy enthusiast, Shankar chased his dream of writing a novel and made it a reality. A Mechanical Engineering graduate and a Power Engineer by profession, his passion towards his core field made him to give up his software job in a MNC. His fascination towards mythology and his childhood memories of fighting with a wooden sword and adventures with bow & arrows inspired him to write a novel of this genre. He is presently working on the second book of Raksha duology.
Book blurb: “You are neither a good warrior nor a good leader.” These words haunt him. Raksha, a young prince, decides to prove himself and seeks a path not knowing where it will lead him to. However, his destiny has other plans. On the journey, his life evolves into an epic quest filled with magic and intrigue, which he never dreamt of. Set in a fantasy land Riloriya, this water kingdom is not the same as it was five hundred years ago and its history is mystery now. What will be his part in unfolding an ancient mystery? What did he lose? What did he gain?
Review: The blurb speaks of innate vigorous mystery and fantasy which slowly gets unfolded in each and every single chapter. This 348 page novel is a very catchy read. Shankar had done a lot of hardwork and research behind this book. It’s been a very pleasurable read for me. Raksha, the main protagonist was well described and characterised. In my opinion his character was somewhat similar to mythological characters in Mahabharata. However, there was a set of new ideas and concepts which evolved out of this novel. I liked the concept of a water kingdom which had some ecstatic description. In one word this book is “a fantastic debut of the Raksha duology…”
Best lines from the novel: “You need to bear the pain if you want to attain supremacy.”
“Holy God! Legends are true!”
Dream house publishers have given us a very nice mythology which can’t be missed at any cost.