Book Review- Tarikshir

Author:Khayaal Patel
Publisher: WestLand Publications
No Of Pages: 332
Genre: Mythology Thriller

A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.

Book Review

I would like to thank WritersMelon for the review copy. My review here is totally honest and unbiased.

The blurb at the back cover gave away the entire story line and I just thought that it is going to be an usual investigation set at the pre-freedom era. But…..

On the mid way of prologue I was already inclined towards the story completely. The prologue itself gave me chills and it was spooky as it went. I was totally into the story at the end of prologue.

The story starts with Valikesh ,a Vaanar with greedy mind of acquiring treasure from debris of Raavan palace. There he finds a stone(The stone finds him actually). He is caught between reality and hallucination. A voice follows him and Valikesh dies after realizing who the voice is and what it is capable of. Now the stone and Voice waits for another soul to release them.

Gods were introduced at the start but will they come in the end? I was really interested to know that particularly.

Rudra’s father, The king was killed in an accident while marching towards a war against British. Rudra’s life is changed overnight. His characterization was not over exaggerated and was so sensible at times. Rudra being transformed from prince and to a strong will powered king. Even a small character was majestically described and had nice impact on me.All the mysterious people and creatures had only small space in this book. It was more of one man,Rudra’s journey to unleash the mystery. If at least few characters had been with Rudra through out the story would have been even more interesting.

The blurb and prologue will lead you to one direction and you will get ready for something great to happen. But when I read the first few chapters of the book I was like, Am I reading a thriller or India’s political freedom fight days? It was a mixture of in-house kingdom politics , Siblings jealous clash, King’s hatred towards the British and so on. I got lost at that moment.But as the story moved forward I was able to relate the importance of the initial chapters and how it was unlocked towards the end. The second half narration was so good that I couldn’t put the book down.

The language and execution was easy and fast. Even the light moments in the book was executed around a chase or a fight. That was brilliant I would say.

The thrill and mystery was kept on hold and maintained till the end. Author gave only what the reader wants and only at the right moment. The expected sequence and secrets was revealed as expected but believe me there is lot more at the end of the book, that one you would never expect. Every character fights with themselves , with their mind, with their inner voice. Is it Tarikshir? Is Tarikshir everywhere? How did it reach everyone? Is it feeding on everyone? What is feeding Tarikshir? Well you have read the book to know about it.

Overall “Tarikshir” is well crafted combination of mythology,fantasy and mystery book. Prepare your mind to unlock this combination all by yourself as Tarikshir is about to take you in as his.


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