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Kalki Book Review

Book Title: ‘Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu

Author: Kevin Missal

Genre: Mythology, Fantasy

Paperback: 462 pages

Publisher: Kalamos Literary Services LLP; First edition (24 September 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 8193503309

ISBN-13: 978-8193503300

Package Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm

‘Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu’ is a mythological-fantasy story, which is set somewhere around 3600 BC in a region called Illavarti. The book is a pure work of fiction, even though it derives some inspiration from other mythological stories and ideas. ‘Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu’ is the first installment of the Kalki trilogy and it essentially prepares the ground for the war between Dharm and Adharm (good and evil). The book is divided into two parts; the first being ‘The Battle of Shambala’ and the second part ‘The Rise of Kali’. It captures the lives of Kalki and Kali, the two lead characters in the story.

While Kalki is an endearing character who is full of life and energy, possesses superhuman strength and cares about the welfare of others, Kali is shown to be a cunning individual, who is hungry for power and control. Even though they are worlds apart, a chain of events eventually brings them face to face and transforms them into arch-enemies. As Kalki experiences the biggest tragedies of his life that are brought about by evil forces related to Kali, he starts to realize that he is the Avatar of Vishnu and has to fight the Dharmayuddha (righteous war). However, it won’t be easy since Kali is becoming stronger and more powerful with each passing day.

Kalki has a fast-paced narrative and there are quick twists and turns that will keep you engaged. The language has been kept simple and free-flowing, so that readers can read through at a brisk pace.In its various characters, you can experience everything from love to deceit, hurt, pain, jealously, treachery, and cruelty. There are plenty of action sequences in the book and each one of them has been described in great detail. There are supernatural powers as well and magic, occult, wizardry, transcendental experiences, the elixir of life and flying machines. The book carries dollops of wisdom too, which is expressed through memorable one-liners and evenly dispersed all throughout the book. One of the best lines in the book is – “A hero isn’t born. He’s made. Through people, through journeys and most of all, through tragedy.”

You may come across some loose ends in the story, but we bet it will be difficult for you to put down the book once you start reading it. This is what we call a real page-turner; the type of stories that you want to read without stopping. At the end, the book also provides a brief glimpse of what the second part of the Kalki trilogy is all about. Book 2 of Kalki trilogy is ‘Satya Yoddha Kalki: The Eye of Brahma’.

With a thrilling and engrossing experience with Book 1 that has also made us hugely curious, we are eagerly waiting for the second installment in the Kalki series. We hope that Author Kevin Missal will continue to delight us with his maverick writing and the depth, intensity and epic nature of the various characters in his book.

You can order your copy of ‘Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu’ from Amazon India. 

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