Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Book Review: Rise Of The Grey Prince- Book 2 The Saga of Agni
Title: Rise of the Grey Prince
Author: Arka Chakrabarti
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Number Of Pages: 232
That cursed night at Nisarga had revealed the true reason behind his father's sacrifice and his own dark past. Each revelation now draws Agni into the sublime world of secrets. With Vrish and Guru Sidak by his side, fighting the daggers from the past and winning over the opponents of the present, somewhere deep down, he knows that his journey has just begun.
The other scarred prince walks the ashes of his reality. Haunted by the glimpses of truth the same night, Yani had but one choice – to survive. His unknowing steps, trapped in cruel games of ancient powers had led him to a truth, a truth which shall mould a good man in the clay of misfortune, hate and lust.
Such is the world of Gaya, and thus shall be the Rise of the Grey Prince – the one torn between the darkness of evil and a lone ray of hope.
Rise of the Grey Prince throws the reader in a world of fantasy, with an indifferent story written to astonish, scare and lure readers where the supernatural goes in hand with realism.
The story is about Agni, and his moving world of secrets. He fights with evil that terrorizes his being and that of his family when he comes to know the reason behind his father’s sacrifice. He endears over the foe of the present, for which he knows that his journey has just begun.
The storytelling picks up a swift pace as the story progresses and I realise there's a whole lot happening. The story is fast-paced, develops rapidly, and is enthralling once you get into the story, and begin to make a connect with it.
The characters have not been properly filled out in this book. The start of the book should ideally give a list of characters and the basics of those characters, which is vital given the length of the story, and its complexity and number of characters.
A neatly drawn map of the land at the beginning of the book becomes an interesting element in the book.
Arka Chakrabarti's style of storytelling is smooth and fluent. There are many layers to the story and the author has made a great attempt to tell it all. Probably in a hurry to finish the take the story from one level to the next, I imagine he has restrained from launching into elaborate descriptions. He has left a lot to my imagination.
The epilogue is riveting and smartly written, leaving great scope for the third book!
There is a link back in the book, with a short précis on what happened in the first part; but it does not suffice. It is not presented well.
It is fictional story where the writer mixed fantasy with horror. With no big words/sentences, it is an easy read for anyone. The author has made a very good attempt at constructing and deconstructing before our eyes with his words.
All in all, this is a very promising concept, and could be a top-notch fantasy thriller. All it requires is attention to detail and proper presentation so that the ones who haven't read the first part can also connect!
Recommended. Happy Reading.
Ratings - 3.5/5
P.S: A review copy of this book was provided to me as part of the Book Review Tour for the series of books conducted by b00k r3vi3ws.