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The debut of Abhinav, a fresh and contemporary voice – The Sage’s Secret

I have read countless Mythology Fiction this year, but this book failed to impress me. Abhinav’s ‘The Sage’s Secret’ is a modern-day retelling of Kalki of Vishnu Avatar.

Publication Date: September 1st, 2018

Publisher: Penguin

Page Count: 256 pages

Opening Sentence: The thatched roof gleamed silver in the lightning, dripping wet in the drizzly night.

Blurb on Amazon

What if the legend of Kalki, the tenth avatar of Vishnu, is an elaborate hoax created by Lord Krishna?

In the year 2025, twenty-year-old Anirudh starts dreaming of Krishna. But these visions that keep flashing through his mind are far from an ordinary fantasy-they are vivid episodes from the god’s life. Through these scenes, as Krishna’s mystifying schemes are revealed, Anirudh slowly comes to terms with his real identity . . .

He is the last avatar of Vishnu, sent to restore the balance between good and evil. But an ancient and powerful nemesis, burning with the fire of revenge, has already started assembling a clan of mighty sorcerers to finally be rid of the protector god and unleash depravity on earth.

Will Anirudh realize his potential before it’s too late? Or will the enemy destroy everything in their wake before the avatar finally manifests? This gripping read is the first part in the Kalki Chronicles, which unveils the greatest legend of the Kali-yuga.

Review

The book has an excellent beginning. It sets the wheels in motion for upcoming chapters. Author Abhinav takes us on a journey of past and present in a smooth ride, intertwining both eras seamlessly. The best part of the book is how the Author creates vivid images in the readers’ mind, this clearly shows that the author is an excellent storyteller.

Abhinav has woven an excellent storyline but couldn’t do justice to the story. Maybe because this was sort of an Introduction to the upcoming books in the series, or maybe because Author gave a High spot to Sage Dweepa and Kalnayaka more than Anirudha the main protagonist of the book. At times I felt this was Kalnayaka’s story more than anything

The book has too many multiple narrations, and it is kind of a dampener to the storyline. The narration is smooth. Language usage is excellent. I so wanted to read this book in one go as it is a short read but the story lacked elements to keep the readers glued to the story. There were many loose ends and Author kind of didn’t know how to tie them. I just hope his other two turns out better than this one.

Verdict

Overall, ‘The Sage’s Secret’ is okayish read. In end the only thing that matters is entertainment quotient, and that is what is missing in it.
In the hope his other two books have more drama and zing, I say read it once that is, if you are a Mythological fan.

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I give it 3/5

About the Authors
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Abhinav

Abhinav based out of the Mumbai suburbs works as a software developer. An avid reader since his pre-teens, his journey in the world of stories began with reading comics, then he moved on to short stories and then eventually picked up full-length novels. Thrillers, comedy, historical fiction and mythology are his preferred genres when it comes to choosing a book to read.

His earliest sources of stories from the Indian mythology were his grandfather and mom. Amar Chitra Katha Comics, some articles he read about, and of course, some famous television series that aired during the time, added to it as he grew older. His debut novel, The Sage’s Secret, is based on Indian Mythology and is the first book in the series titled ‘The Kalki Chronicles’.

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