Tarikshir by Khayaal Patel
Genre: Historical Thriller
Published: 20 August 2018 Westland
Swathi’s Rating: 4.5/5
Verdict: A creative plot that bridges Mythology, Culture and History together in this beautiful, yet crisp thriller.
It’s been very long since I enjoyed reading a Historical Fiction since Shiva Trilogy from Amish Tripathi. The plot of this book intrigued me to pick it over a weekend and I did not regret it! If you are a lover of such Fictions, you must read through the plot and see why I recommend it! Presenting the plot:
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.Amazon
Khayaal Patel is working on newer stories set in Rudra’s exciting universe, and when he is not, you can find him reading comic books, watching movies, trying to figure out the secrets of the universe and indulging in his incredibly unhealthy addiction to anything chocolate. This is his first novel.
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I really had a great time reading this book. Mostly because I love Historical Fiction, but this particular book has a cunning plot that keeps the readers at the edge of the seat till the very last page. Kudos to the creativity of the author – who skillfully tackled Fiction and Facts to create his own Mythology.
It’s only common to come across dozens of characters in a Historical Fiction like this. Sometimes it confuses the readers, sometimes they’re misleading – but it rests on the crisp hands of the Author to use these as strategies to hook his audience! This is exactly what Khayaal Patel has done here. The main protagonist Rudhra is the young Hero who learns through his tough and unexpected times. He is brave and ready to risk anything to protect his Kingdom and culture. He is unaware of the dangers that might befall him but that doesn’t fear him away. The rest of the characters surround him as allies and enemies, each playing their own roles to either assist or destroy him.
Talking about the backdrop of the story, there are meticulous descriptions to aid the reader imagine the era of Ram/Raavan and escape the present. It is enjoyable reading such details into the old cities, culture and Mythology that forms the base of the plot.
There are some unexpected twists in the final chapters of the book which suddenly takes a rapid pace revolving through so many events all at once leaving the reader breathless!
I recommend the book for a binge read – fast paced – Mythological thriller!
Until next time! XO.