12 December, 2015

#BookReview :: Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali #1) by Falguni Kothari

Twisted myths. Discretion advised.

Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?
In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.

Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.

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Karna, I feel, was the most mistreated character in Mahabharata. He had been dealt a bad hand throughout his life; even though he was a true warrior and loyal to a fault. So, I was really happy when Falguni brought in a twist that offered him ‘more’. He becomes a Soul Warrior – in charge of ‘dealing’ with the demons who try to interfere with the human realm. As time passed by, Karna lives on and performs his duty. Finally we discover him as a jeans wearing hottie with a somewhat of a dirty mouth! Yes, really!! What more is the fact that it actually doesn’t feel odd at all. Moving on, Karna is given the responsibility of training six Godlings, including one of his own, to become demon hunters. Then there is the matter of prophecies that turn the heat on.

I absolutely love it when authors try different genres and that is why I picked up Falguni Kothari’s latest release – Soul Warrior despite my many concerns. I have read another book before where Gods were ‘available’ online and did not particularly enjoy it. So, when I read the blurb and realized that the author depicts the age-old characters (including Gods) in a modern setting, I had to tread carefully.

The author has done an amazing job of taking the well-known characters and situations and gave them her own twist. Not for a second, after I started reading the book, did I feel odd or ill at ease about the liberties that the author has taken in order to set up this very new, yet somewhat familiar world. Her world and character development was almost flawless. Her narration put things in motion right from the beginning and never lagged anywhere.  As this is the first part of a series, one would usually expect a slow take off as an author needs to take time to build it up for not only this one book but for consecutive books as well. But Falguni has handled it well and with the ending that Soul Warrior has, it is almost guaranteed that I will be picking up the next book in the series. The twists in the tale and the pinch of humour added to the attraction that this book is.

A promising start to an interesting new series.

About the Author

Falguni Kothari is a New York-based South Asian author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She’s published in India in contemporary romance with global e-book availability; Bootie and the Beast (Harlequin Mills and Boon) and It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! (Rupa & Co.), and launches a mythic fantasy series with Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali, #1)

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1 comment:

  1. I usually try to steer clear of new Indian mythology with a twist kinda stories because really I tend to not like the newer twists in the modern literature but Soul Warrior sounds intriguing and really Karna deserves his due. I will surely check this out if i get the chance..

    Great review :)
    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex