It feels good when you get a book so good that you completely forget your surrounding and when you emerge out of the book, it feels like a whole eternity has passed. Khayaal Patel’s ‘Tarikshir’ is not what I thought it to be, it’s more than that! The book has Godly super powers, Zombies, Black magic and many more such thing. ‘Tarikshir’ is a heady combination of Fantasy fiction, historical fiction, and mythological fiction, all put together to form an amazingly written book.
Publication Date: August 20th, 2018
Page Counts: 358 pages
Opening Sentence: “The Magnificent palace now lay in ruins, completely destroyed by the war.”
Blurb on Book:
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 strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm. As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.
Khayaal Patel’s ‘Tarikshir’ is meant for readers who enjoy reading Thriller and Fantasies. Author Khayaal excels at telling a fast-paced, genre-bending adventure. The most notable difference from other books of the same genre is that Author is making an appreciable effort to include more diverse characters. The Author definitely has a way with words and I loved how this story was written: Pure thriller and with so many details that it succeeded to make this a more than just intriguing journey, though it does include a fair amount of violence and mayhem, but I guess it goes with the story.
It killed me!! All those deaths, those uncertain moments when death was looming over your favorite character, the pain of unsaid love, they piled up and up and up until all I was able to feel was dread!!! By the end of the book, I was reduced to crossing my fingers and hoping against hope that there was no more devastation that befalls the protagonist Rudra. And the last page was a CLIFFHANGER!
‘Tarikshir’ by Khayaal Patel is par with a few good Indian fantasies. The book had many layers of twist and turns; keeping you on edge. The Characters and places mentioned in the story were well researched. A lot of characters were introduced throughout the book and sewn intricately into the story. Among many, my favorites were Duryodatta and Rudra’s, Uncle Shamsher Singh. Though a small role, Shamsher Singh’s character had a strong impact on the story, and Duryodatta somehow reminded me of Gandalf – The Grey, though you can’t compare one with the other, but the presence of Duryodatta is as calming as Gandalf in the series ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Just a tad bit of advice to the Author; add a bit of fun element to the series otherwise readers may lose interest cause of its too dark theme…
Definitely recommended to one and all… Waiting for more books by Khayaal Patel.
I give it 4/5 stars
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About the Author
Khayaal Patel is working on newer stories set in Rudra’s exciting universe, and when he is not, you can find him reading comic books, watching movies, trying to figure out the secrets of the universe and indulging in his incredibly unhealthy addiction to anything chocolate. This is his first novel.
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