Do I recommend it? Not really! There are better books out there on Indian Mythology.
The epics say, in the great war of Ramayana, a number of Rakshasas escaped. They hid in the bowels of the Earth, in the water and in space and remained dormant for aeons. In the 20th century of the Christian era, however, some of them reappeared in different forms to plague the Earth with wars and illnesses. At the end of his war with Ravana, Rama had Hanuman to raise and train a contingent of warriors who would take birth multiple times on Earth, to contain the demons. Aishani and Adheesh are two such warriors, blessed with divine weapons and powers to fight the world’s evil at present times. Read this exciting story to know who finally wins. The Good or the Evil? The Demons of Jaitraya is the first book of the trilogy of the war between demons and humans.
Cover & Title:
The first thing that I absolutely loved was the cover of the book. I would like to appreciate the artist wholeheartedly for creating such a magnificent cover that can grab people’s attention so easily. Next was the title, I would be lying if I say that it did not fascinate me. Moreover, the combination of this title, the cover, the genre of Indian Mythological fiction, and the blurb of the book created excitement in my reader’s mind chamber. Hence, I decided to pick this book up without a second thought.
Plot & Structure:
After reading the entire book, I was very disappointed with the way the story was told. There was no clear plot developed. The structure was all over the place. I was quite interested in the elements of the book and the ideas that the author had but she was somehow unable to put them together in a tight grip to tell the story in an effective way.
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There are several mainstream characters in this book. None of them are outstanding or extraordinary. From the very start of the book, the protagonist is in most of the scenes. But the way she was shown to the readers was not impressive. Her family members, friends, teachers, and others were all introduced only when there was a need. And at that same moment, a lot of information was dumped on the reader about that specific character. I will repeat that this book and the characters had a lot of possibility to be better but only if the author had spent a few more days working on them. Moreover, there was excessive stereotyping in the characterization. Most of the descriptions of the characters were typical and there was nothing new about it.
I would like to first congratulate the author for coming up with amazing ideas for this book, writing it, and then getting it published. Not all of us have that courage or determination or perseverance to go through it all. I truly believe that the elements used in this book were good parts about it. However, I also believe that the author could’ve worked a bit more to make this book readable.
With more than 300 pages of telling and not showing, the book becomes boring. Most part of the book contained just telling. Information dumping was another issue in this book. It felt like the author told everything she had known about her world, and the characters, to the readers. But one has to keep in mind that the readers don’t want all the information – just enough to go through the book/story. The author had hardly used any storytelling techniques and hence, the story failed to be as interesting as the blurb promised.
When a reader opens up a book, they don’t want to correct typos, spellings, or sentence structure. The enjoyment vanishes when the book is not correctly proofread or even edited. As per me, this book entirely skipped the editing process as it did not seem like the end product that we would love to read. Moreover, the names of the places seemed to be changing with every mention. At times, it felt like the author is not sure of her own story. There were many vague parts that confused me to the core. In spite of having brilliant ideas for the book to work, it failed to impress me. I am wishing that the next book be better.
Quick Question: Do you read mythological fiction? I am excited to read Percy Jackson this year. Quite late, I know! But I’m all set to delve into Greek Mythological Fiction now!