Mohan Vizhakat is a senior management professional stationed at Bangalore. The author’s keen interest in the rich heritage of Indian mythology helped him weave together this story, his debut.
Cover and blurb:
To be absolutely honest, the cover is a turn-off. It feels very childish and though the genre is indeed fantasy fiction, the cover almost makes me reluctant to read the story. The story from the blurb feels interesting, with the sole hope of Devlok resting on the shoulders of a warrior monk.
My thoughts on the book:
I am a big fan of fantasy fiction to be honest. I liked what the publisher of this particular book had to offer in the genre the last time, so it was with that expectation that I disregarded the cover design and started reading the book. The story of Hara and Acharya Parashu, their journey to rescue another Acharya from the capital of the Daityans, starts off with panache that we come to expect of such a detailed plot. The demonstration of the strength of the Bheeshma monks was also quite exciting to read.
The first indication of mythology was also very interesting. The mythology I know in that regard is very different, and I like the way the author has changed it to suit the situation. There are parts in the book that make you question the mythology as well. There is action, and that pulls you in. There is also an unexplored love angle.
Though the plotline is exciting, I didn’t quite feel the magic of a mythological fiction in the narration. There is talk about spirituality, which though interesting, tends to become heavy and boring later on, and I chose to skip a few pages.
Not the best I’ve read, but again, not the worst. Nice research, put across well, and thought provoking. More spiritualism than fantasy or mythology or sci-fi I guess. I’ve to read it again sometime, and maybe then it’ll make more sense than it does right now.
My rating: 6.5 / 10
Title: The Guardians of Karma
Author: Mohan Vizhakat
Genre: Fiction (Scifi, Mythology, Fantasy)
Publishers: Srishti Publishers
Price: INR. 250
Reviewed by Leo
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This was reviewed for Srishti Publishers, who I thank for the review copy. No other payment was taken for this review.