Genre- historical fiction, fantasy, frama, mystery
My rating- 4/5
A prequel of the very amazing and grand movie, bahubali: the beginning, a lot is to be expected from this book. Even though the grandeur of the movies is hard to adopt in any book, Anand Neelakantan did a great job with this book.
Even though the book has so many characters, the book mainly brings light to the characters of Sivagami and Kattappa- both very important characters in the movies as well. Also, we find some new characters like Pattaraya, Rudra Bhatta , Pratapa and Skandadasa who influence the story in a major manner.
With so many characters, this book gave me the feels of Game of Thrones to some extent. With first half making us used to this kingdom of Mahishmati and the places near it, I must say that it wasn’t very fast paced or exciting. But in the second half, the story quickly picked up the pace and it turns into a page turner.
This book has abundance of cruelty, greed, selfishness, betrayal and any other such emotion which indulges the characters in some really dangerous activities. You are going to feel a lot of pity for the low caste people there- they become the prey of the greedy.
I think I pretty much enjoyed this book because this is that proper Indian historical fiction, which is sure to transfer you to a totally another world. For me, this book was a complete package of drama, thrill and fantasy. I can’t wait for the second book!!