Chronicles of The Mortal Vishnu
by Antar Atreya
Remember the flood of books based on love stories we saw a few years back? All of them written around the IIT/IIM campuses!! There seems to be another such flood coming now. This time on Indian mythology. It started a decade back with the awesome books written by Devdutt Pattanaik, followed by Kavita Kané’s & Amish Tripathi’s series. The latest addition in this genre is Chronicles of The Mortal Vishnu by Antar Atreya.
This book is as huge as its name suggests. From grand battle scenes to the action pact clash between the evil and the good. The characters are portraited beautifully & in-depth. Especially the female ones. They are strong & independent like they should always be. If you are a fan of mythology in general, this book should not be missed.
I must say, our 24yr author has done a great job in describing mankind’s history and the way the world was created. He shares his perception of the concept of Gods and how the civilizations emerged from scratch. The maps shared at the beginning of the book make a huge impact & set the basics right for the author to build the house of cards right. Mystic creatures like Yakshas and Narklokis, adds extra charm to the story, making it nothing less than our very own Indian version of “Chronicles of Narnia”.
Though the storyline is fascinating it’s quite a lengthy read. Especially the essay type writing style, make it boring sometimes. The author should have written a series instead of a single novel. Also, extra small font size & poor editing is a negative point that cannot be ignored while reading a novel this lengthy.
The author has written his first book ‘Classic Suspense Stories‘ at the age of 14, and after finishing this huge book, I am really looking forward to reading it. So, to finish with, I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars for its grandness & larger than life portrayals. Two-star stays with me for the length of the book, small fonts & the essay type writing style with average editing.
Happy reading fellas.