20 January, 2017

#BookReview :: Skyfire by Aroon Raman

May 2012. India is hit by a series of freak weather disturbances and startling epidemics that threaten to bring the country to its knees. At the same time, children are disappearing from the slums in the capital and nobody seems to care. 

Stumbling upon these strange and seemingly unrelated incidents, journalist Chandrasekhar, historian Meenakshi Pirzada and intelligence operative Syed Ali Hassan start upon a trail that leads them into the drawing rooms of Delhi’s glittering high society before reaching a terrifying climax in Bhutan, where they come face-to-face with a force of unspeakable power and evil. 

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In Skyfire Meenakshi, Syed Ali and Chandrasekar take on a journey to follow up with seemingly unrelated events. On one hand, we have freak weather conditions; From acid rain to fiery hot winds to random lightning flashes that causes skin burns and diseases. On the other hand, we have random children going missing from the slums, yet nobody seems to care much. Growing from The Shadow Throne, Meenakshi, Chandrasekar and Syed Ali take on an adventure like never before. They are up against a power that almost seems like is omnipresent. Can they take on or have they chewed off more than they bargained for?

The author’s take on the characters is interesting. This is the second time I am reading about them (I think I missed one book in the series) and I find them growing within the boundaries of the plot. The author gives us just enough information to be able to connect with the characters and hold back just enough to make us curious enough to pick up book after book. There’s enough drama in the protagonists’ lives to give them the credibility of being real. His treatment of the plot has that similarity with the character development. Just enough information is provided at the right moments to keep you hooked to the book. The author seems to have done quite a bit of research about his settings as his descriptions brought the various backdrops to life. 

All these complimented with a good pace made this book quite an interesting and entertaining read. I did like The Shadow Throne better but that in no way reflects on this book as it has enough action and drama to hold its own.

Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India

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