14 May, 2013

#BookReview :: The Secrets of the Dark by Arka Chakrabarti

Is one born with his destiny or does he forge it?
In the mystical land of Gaya, two prophecies bind the fate of men and empires alike. The Destroyer born from the royal seed on the Land of the Setting Sun shall bring the empires down, or so has been foretold.
In between the Destroyer and the world stand the Seven Guardians of Gaya, guarding the realm of man. A king, a father, defies the Seven and fate itself to save the last drop of his blood and prince Agni grows in the Land of the Rising Sun, exiled from his own people, unaware of his past.
Losing the woman he loved most to the shadows in the dark, Agni is thrown into a whirlpool of events that he neither knows, nor understands. His quest for vengeance brings him to the doorstep of a secret that will shatter the very foundation of beliefs of a world.
Can Agni avert his destiny? Can he uncover the truth about the Seven and the prophecies, now hidden behind a veil of ignorance?
The secrets of the dark are sometimes so terrible that they are better left unsaid.

I am a HUGE fan of Fantasy Genre, thanks to Ms.Rowling. So the promise of a prophecy was enough to make me pick up this one.

Set in the fantasy world of Gaya, this book starts off with the Prophecy as foretold. Then it shifts to the story of the Prince’s birth and King’s sacrifice to save his son in Land of the Setting Sun. Then fast forwarding 20 years, we meet Prince Yani, Briksha’s son Vrish and their friend Agni in the Land of the Rising Sun. Agni is in love with Briksha’s daughter Malini and when he loses her to a fire, Vrish and Agni set out to avenge their deaths. Meanwhile, in the Land of Setting Sun, their king is on his death bed while Lysandra and Damian are fighting Demetrius for the right to the throne. Who is connected to whom and who actually has the goodwill of Agni on their mind? Who slit Malini’s throat before setting the ship on fire?

Oh, I liked the world of Gaya. Well set up and well described, it already feels familiar to me now. The characters are all well-developed except for Yani, who felt a bit flaky to me. Or was he supposed to be like that? It was a tad bit difficult for me to get into the story because the author’s usage of a very refined language style. Only when I finally got into a rhythm of reading did I realise that it was this particular style of language that narration that made the world of Gaya come to life. The author indeed has an eye for detail and gift of painting very vivid images through his words. The pace of the story was well set though we would have loved to be introduced to the Land of the Setting Sun bit earlier as we knew that their prince had to be taken away for protection and I so wanted to know what was going on there from the very beginning.

An excellent debut from a youngster and I liked his initiative to delve into a genre that is widely popular, yet not explored as much in India. I hope he will only mature over the years.

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