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Narasimha The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 by Kevin Missal: Book review

About the Book
Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon - the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive?
My Take on the Book
Narasimha- The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1, the latest book by Kevin Missal is a pure page turner and a real treat for every mythology lover. The book is filled with rich mythological insights and brief narration of notable Hindu mythological characters like Prahlad, Narasimha, Hirnyakashyap, Holika, and more.
The book starts off with a strong prologue which gripped my interest and made me finish the book in 3 sittings (with breaks). A unique tale of Narasimha, the avatar of Lord Vishnu, who has turned his back on being a soldier and opted for becoming a physician in order to save people's life. However, a  familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place?
Of battles, friendship, love, loyalty, and revenge, the book covers every aspect of an intriguing mythological read. Judging by the plot line, we can say that the author must have gone through a long process of research and collecting insights to bring the book to life.
With detailed description of all the characters, as well as the scene, the book was indeed refreshing and fascinating. The author's style of introducing female characters such as Holika, Dhriti, Chenchen, and Jyoti in the story was something which left a deep impression on me. The author brilliantly made the female characters an  important part in the plot just like all the other male characters. Every part of the narration made me want to flip the page and know what was going to happen next. A detailed story sketch given to us by the author was educative for someone who has little knowledge, but is intrigued about Hindu mythology. Kevin, as an author has beautifully crafted a tale which covered a wholesome tale of some of the major characters from the epic Hindu mythology.
From Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri who was way different from his father to Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of Asura empire and King of Kashyapuri who is left with just one motive (avenge the death of his wife) and Narasimha, a legend, a hero who is known as an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu, one who incarnates in the form of part lion and part man to destroy every evil.
Overall ,the book is sure to enlighten you and leave you wanting for more.
Go, get your copy today and explore the retelling of Lord Narashima, by Kevin Missal.
Book Details
Book: Narasimha The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 
Author: Kevin Missal
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publication: 10 June 2019
ISBN-10: 935357076X
ISBN-13: 978-9353570767
Pages: 320 pages
Price: Rs.156
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5

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