Book Review – ‘Dharmayoddha Kalki’

Publisher: Kalamos Literary Services LLP
Publication date: 24 Sep 2017
Book length: 482
ISBN-10: 8193503309
ISBN-13: 978-8193503300

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Blurb:

“Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an upsurge in unrighteousness, at that time, I take birth again”
– LORD GOVIND.
Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.
Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe.
But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?

Review:

The book begins with Kali cleverly outwitting Lord Vedanta and taking over the reigns of Indragarh. He then, makes the kings under his control to sign a pact to diffuse the animosity among the indigenous tribal groups and unite them for a common cause.

At the same time, the story of Kalki, also emerges. Since, childhood he was always puzzled about his exuberant physical strength. One day, his father confessed to him that he was exposed to certain miraculous herbs when his mother was in labour.

Meanwhile, Kali’s sister Durukti, ploys a siege against Sambhala village, that is houses the miraculous herbs in order to cure her brother’s prolonged illness. Kalki succeeds uniting the village to fight against the invaders. But unexpectedly, his strategies backfire miserably and he witnesses the grotesque death of his compatriots. Meanwhile, he also, learns about the secret of his physical strength and is chided by Kripacharya to go to Mahendragiri mountains to begin his training.

The author has meticulously woven a fascinating storyline full of unexpected twists. The characters were loosely based on the mythological epics Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Hindu Puranas. The suspense about their true nature and their ulterior motives intensifies by every page. Many secrets unfold, the storyline becomes more complicated, yet interesting. The battle strategies and the fight scenes were beautifully articulated with a lot of detailing. The author has introduced many clans like that of Asuras, Nagas, Rakshas, who had a distinct charm of their own. I loved how the female characters were portrayed. Endowed with beauty and intellect, they were well-versed with the art of warfare like their male counterparts.The book even though is more than 400 pages in length, the storyline will make you totally engrossed in it.

There were noticeable editing mistakes in the book. I also felt that the dialogues could have been to tuned a bit to fit the mythological premise.

All the fantasy and mythology lovers, do grab this book. It will definitely delight you.

Rating: 4/5

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14 thoughts on “Book Review – ‘Dharmayoddha Kalki’

  1. Megan @ Ginger Mom says:

    This is higher fantasy than I am used to but that cover drew me in right away. It is gorgeous. And the story sounds like one I could fall into (as long as I’m not reading more than one book at a time lol). I found you through the Blogger’s Comment Junction and thought I would stop by to say hi!

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