14 September, 2016

#BookReview & #Giveaway :: Yama's Lieutenant by Anuja Chandramouli

The inhabitants of the thousand hells of Yama have broken free from their prison and vowed to wreak havoc on the heavens, the earth and hell. With the fiendish Hatakas and Narakamayas teamed up with Naganara, a terrifying necromancer hungry for power, the universe is headed for war and destruction unless one human has something to do with it. 
Agni Prakash, a debonair young man whose world has been turned upside down by the death of his twin sister, Varu, has been enlisted to stop these forces and be Yama s very own lieutenant. As the mythical world clashes with his own, Agni discovers a manuscript left behind by his sister. Hauntingly, it draws parallels to the treacherous path upon which he has been thrust. Equipped with an acerbic wit and winning charm, Agni undertakes a battle, where the odds seem tipped wildly against him, and finds unlikely companions along the way. 
Will he be able to uncover the secret behind his sister's writings? And more importantly, will he be able to avert the destruction that seems imminent? 

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I have previously read and enjoyed the works by this author. Arjuna, Kamadeva and Shakti have all been retellings of stories that we have heard before but with her own twist. And it has worked well for the author. Yama’s Lieutenant is however a fantasy fiction with which the author has given her writing a new direction.

Agni Prakash, our protagonist, is naturally a suave personality but comes with some baggage.  The loss of his twin sister has changed his world and his life completely. When he is approached to become Yama’s lieutenant and help him avert certain annihilation that awaits both hell and earth. You see, the populace of the hells that Yama reigns over have escaped and their plans will bring nothing but mayhem.  Armed with wit, charm and a manuscript left behind by his sister, Agni is ready to face whatever it takes. But is one human enough? Will he succeed or will he perish in the face of the pure evil that is now on the loose?

One thing that I have come to expect from Anuja Chandramouli is quality in language. Over the last three books she has grown a lot and this time too she has delivered on my expectations. The story telling style and the different narratives within the story have delivered on all my expectations from this author. Her style is certainly enchanting. The plot itself feels a little inspired by our mythology, yet has its own unique flavor. It is an interesting premise which is not very complicated and I kind of expected the ending, yet the pages just flew by. The one thing I would like to point out here is that I wished for more depth and allure from our protagonist. Agni is supposedly this charismatic personality yet at times he felt too simple and his personality didn’t really come through or speak to me. It was more telling and less showing with Agni’s character. It did make it a bit difficult for me to really root for him.

For those of you who have already read her books, you can see that she has grown a bit more into her role as an author. For those who are yet to experience Anuja’s writing, give this book a try if mythology and fantasy interests you.

Review Copy received from the Author

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