Book Name- Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy
Author- Kevin Missal
Publisher- Harper Collins
MRP- Rs. 250
Genre- Mythological Fiction
Release Date- 10th July 2019
My Rating- 5/5
Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon – the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by bestselling author Kevin Missal.
Narasimha is one of the most interesting Avatars of Lord Vishnu, Yet it is the character for which very few books are written. Kevin Missal did a very praiseworthy thing by choosing this character for his 1st book in his new trilogy.
It is a book which is not a mythological story but a fictional story of Narasimha written with the help of mythological beliefs and information about the character from various mythological texts.
It is the first book in the Trilogy which will be followed by another book- hopefully next year.
The unique thing inside this book is that you can’t decide which characters are the protagonists(you can call them heroes) and which characters are the antagonists(villains). The characters are very well created and strong. You will get to explore the detailed projection of even the characters’ minute characteristics. Their good and bad, both, aspects are displayed inside the book. You will get to know each character from its lowest to its highest and, for some, from their beginning to their end. It might be possible that you will get sometimes confused in deciding the villains and the heroes.
Another good thing about the book is that it is not written in exaggeration. You will find most of the events logical, except in a few cases, and the war scenes are the best example of this.
The book is quite different from the popular as well as the common story of Narasimha you all have heard since your childhood. As the author likes to state- It is his own retelling of the story written by mixing the content from the popular retellings and his own imagination. Inside this book, no single character is special or simply God. All the characters are equally and majorly important in this story.
The writing style of the author, Kevin Missal, needs no praise as it is well-known that he writes his story in the best and unique way. I had read his previous 2 books, Kalki: The Avatar of Vishnu & Kalki: The Eye of Brahma, and found this book no less interesting than those 2 books in the Kalki Series.
Overall, you must not waste your time and pick up this book ASAP.
Details About The Author-
Kevin Missal wrote his first book at the age of 14, and at 22, the St Stephens graduate is a bestselling author and a full-time writer, with the first two books in his Kalki series being runaway successes. Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu and its sequel Satyayoddha Kalki: Eye of Brahma have sold one lakh copies in under a year. Kevin loves fantasy fiction and has always been a fan of mythology. His books have been featured in publications like The Sunday Guardian, The New Indian Express and Millennium Post.