Book Review: Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 by Kevin Missal
Published by: Harper Collins IN
Genre: Fiction, Mythological Fiction, Mythology
My Rating: 3/5
Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper – Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon – the Brahmshastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by the bestselling author, Kevin Missal.
This book is the first of the trilogy written by Kevin Missal on the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu.
I haven’t read a lot of books on mythology, and that was the reason this book got me into. I dived into it with a lot of expectations, but sadly the excitement wasn’t same by the time I reached the end.
The book, though named as Narasimha, does focuses on a lot of other characters and their POVs also. It was, in some way, a fresh take on many characters. It gave me the who and about of characters I had no idea about.
The story is primarily concentrated on the redemption of Narasimha because of his past deeds. He has the blood of Prahlad’s mother and brother on his hands. And he can only seek redemption by saving Prahlad from the conspiracies and the battle between Asuras and Devas. Then there is Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, who wants to take revenge from Lord Indra for killing his wife Kayadhu. And in order to do so, he has to go through a set of trials (do read the book to know more about this) – which for many has been a game of death – to win the ultimate weapon – The Brahmastra. And finally, there is Prahlad – the interim king of Kashyapuri. He is confused choosing one between ideals of his father – which he knows aren’t righteous and his love for Lord Vishnu. He finally chooses the one his heart is determined to go for, but in the process he has to leave behind lot of things and the consequences are extreme.
The background for each character was well established, and it gave the readers a better picture on their purpose of actions. The language was easy and comprehensible. The narration was just okay, it wasn’t anything out of the box. It could have been though (I can see that potential in author’s writing).
The story was quite predictable and lacked a kind of spark which I expected from this book.
In spite of all this, I would still love to read the next book in the series to find answers of some important things which were left at cliffhanger at the end of book 1.