About the Book
The world should burn . . . burn like a star!
The balance of the world is askew.
The winds speak of a terror from the south. Ravana, the Lord of Lanka, is on the march. Seers whisper that he has awakened Starsong, a mythical Astra of the gods. And that he thirsts for this weapon that will make him invincible.
But there is one thing that he hasn't considered. Up high in the glistening tower of the city of Ulka is a boy, held captive.
Today is the day Varkan, the young prince of Ashmaka will taste freedom. Today is the day he will lay claim to his destiny as the wielder of Starsong.
And along the way, perhaps he will change the destiny of the world itself.
My Take on the Book
This month I am on a spree of reading YA fantasy and I must say it feels magical. Truth be told, but I am a sucker for fantasy read. Growing up, it was always one of my favourite genres and till today it holds a soft spot deep down my bookworm spirit. The latest book which I finished reading this weekend is a fantasy meets myth book, I am talking about Astra- The Quest for Starsong by Aditya Mukherjee and Arnav Mukherjee. The book took me on a mystical ride of a young starsong who is on his quest to find freedom, thereby leading him to an adventurous journey.
Set in the time of the Ramayan, Astra is a story about a teenager named Varkan, who is the scion of Ashmaka, he is held imprisoned by his own uncle, up in the tower of the city of Ulka. After constantly trying to escape, he managed to taste freedom and finally escaped from the captive. He will soon discover his claim and his destiny of being the wielder of starsong.
Whilst, on his run, he comes under the attack of the army of the mighty Ravana who tries to take over the legendary celestial weapons- ASTRA, This weapon needs to be kept away from the hands of Ravana. Been always fascinated with Indian mythology, adding this book to my list only made it a worthwhile read. If you are a 'Potter Head,' you will be able to fully connect with the story, as it gives you a more or less of a Harry Potter vibes. The plot is riveting and face- paced, however, I would say that the narration is slightly vague and makes you feel that you may have missed something in between. On the other hand, the book allows the reader to go an epic adventure of myth and legends.
Overall, I enjoyed the book when I started off, but somewhere in the middle, I wasn't as engrossed as I expected it to be. It is a light read and you might enjoy if you are into the epic tale of the famous Ramayana and wish to explore a fantastic and legendary story of one of history's most famous epics. Do pick up a copy to find out if, 'today is the day Varkan, the young prince of Ashmaka will taste freedom. If today is the day he will lay claim to his destiny as the wielder of Starsong.'
And who knows, along the way, perhaps he will change the destiny of the world itself.
Join him in his race to find freedom.
Title: Astra- The Quest for Starsong
Authors: Aditya Mukerjee, Arnav Mukherjee
Reading level: 11+ years
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Puffin (25 May 2019)
My Rating: 3.5/5