22 September, 2018

#BookReview :: Inkredia - Luwan of Brida by Sarang Mahajan

In Fal Doram, also called as the great empire of Inkredia, a conspiracy begins to unfold. The first step is an easy one – kill a simple, villager named Luwan. When Luwan suddenly faces an enemy straight out of the folklore, he is left dumbfounded by the mystery why they are after him. As he makes a daring run to survive, journeying through the unknown world outside his village, new mysteries emerge, some closely concerning him. Riddled with questions and hunted by legendary assassins, and by the nonhumans made of the darkest element in the nature, Luwan makes a dangerous journey through the incredible empire of Inkredia.

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Luwan of Brida is the protagonist of Inkredia and the book captures the beginning of his adventure that begins when he refuses to pay the tax of the land, a crime punishable by death. With nothing to lose and a lot to gain, Luwan skips town with his sister in tow. Slowly, he comes to realize that his journey would be more difficult than he could ever imagine. Creatures he had only heard of were now after him. But why? Could it be because of his refusal to pay tax or is there something more sinister at play? Only time will tell all.

I was lucky to have been offered a copy of the book for review purposes. Even though I love fantasies, the blurb of this book doesn’t reveal much and I probably would have skipped picking up this book hadn’t it been for a friend’s recommendation. 

Inkredia is a tale of a young adult as he discovers more and more about not only the land that he lives in but also about himself.  It is also a tale of magic, adventure, friendship, love and betrayal. I absolutely loved the world setting of the book. The author has dived right into the story from the very first chapter, but has managed to sprinkle just enough information throughout the book for the readers to be able to recreate the world in their minds as they read. The narrative style of the author has a certain element of swiftness in it. So, even when there was a certain lag in the story which was necessary for the world buildup, I did not really feel it while reading. 

I liked the way the author has developed the character of the protagonist, Luwan. He is young yet wise. He can be stubborn and rash too. But he is only seventeen! In the first book itself we see him transform from a simple boy trying to make ends meet to a brave fighter. It was interesting to see his fears and then see him face those fears. I also loved the camaraderie between him and his sister. Meg felt like an old soul sometimes. And Kiliarn! If I had the chance to meet just one character from this book, I would choose Kiliarn… let’s keep it at that.

I had one minor issue with this book. The author has set up a whole new world for us. And as amazing as it is, the narrative hampered the reading experience a bit. The author delves into the story straightaway using words and names that are unique to this story without any explanation. They were eventually explained as the story progressed and once a reader gets into the rhythm of the narrative, it becomes easier to understand. But there were moments in the first few chapters of the book when I felt lost. I wish there was a vocabulary list provided. While I did catch up on those eventually, it was difficult for me to get into the story directly. 

Inkredia is a brilliant beginning to a trilogy that promises to bring a lot more of magic and adventure to its readers.

Review Copy received from Glorybug Publishing

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