Author: Khayaal Patel
Publisher: Westland Publications
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 frequent appearance and disappearance of a mysterious, masked stranger, and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm. Who is this creature and how is he connected to all the strange occurrences?
As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, he stumbles upon dark, dangerous secrets that will destroy everything he now holds together.
Tarikshir: The Awakening is a beautiful piece of work which brings together historical fiction and mythology. Khayaal Patel has combined the beginning of the British era in India as well as the Ramayan era. The cover and blurb are both extremely intriguing and would push the reader further towards the story.
The mysterious death of the king, horrifying murders and the unraveling of it all by Rudra as he decides whether he wants to defeat the British or make peace, is what this story is all about. The book begins with a vanar (monkey) finding a precious stone in Ravan’s palace and the subsequent death of the vanar. The story then jumps to the British Raj where the king of Devangarh dies and his son, Prince Rudra discovers that the death was falsely portrayed to be an accident and what follows as Rudra uncovers the truth with an unexplained creature living in the shadows.
This book effortlessly merges magic, mystery, murder, history and mythology, all into one. Though the narration is fast paced for most of the book, the reader will not get lost or confused in the story, especially when there’s a new twist with every few pages. Khayaal Patel has a unique style of storytelling and has picked up a risky yet captivating plot line.
The pace does drop at a few places but the narration easily hides any blunders on the part of the writer. The editing has been done well Khayaal has left nothing missing into making Tarikshir: The Awakening one of the must-reads of this year. Whether it is the characters, the narration, the plot, the action or the setting, this book puts Khayaal into a different league of authors.
Readers can expect themselves to be hooked from the first page to the last once they pick this up. This book is highly recommended to fans of magic realism and historical fiction.
Tarikshir: The Awakening is available for purchase on Amazon.
*** The Quill Company received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review***