Book Review: The Guardians of the Halahala

Author: Shatrujeet Nath

This is book one of the Vikramaditya Veergatha series.

The story is constructed around the premise that the ‘halahala’, sourced during the churning of the White Lake by the Devas and the Asuras, was not completely destroyed by the omniscient Shiva. A small portion still remained and had the capacity to cause significant destruction and remain undefeated for the person who possessed it. Devas and Asuras in their perennial battle of supremacy would never stop at attempts to claim the same.
the Omniscient one Gives the dagger containing the halahala to Samrat Vikramaditya and the epitome of righteousness and the bravest and most virtuous soul on earth, for safekeeping.
However, the supernatural hordes stop at nothing to claim the same from a ‘mere mortal’ Samrat and his council of nine, causing bloodshed and chaos.
How does Samrat Vikramaditya manage to protect the same and keep the promise to the Omniscient one?

The author’s research is impeccable and the way he has woven it all into the threads of fiction is amazing. the language is superior and the use of vocabulary is brilliant providing the needed grandeur to the time period of the saga. There is thrill and horror superimposed on the narrative and the author doesn’t disappoint. Though there is violence and gore, the use of language makes one relate to the circumstances in the plot rather than cringe at the destruction.

I am eager to read the remaining 3 parts.


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