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Narasimha

June 22, 2019

Book : Narasimha

Author: Kevin Missal

Rating: 3.75 / 5

Synopsis

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 his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon – the Brahmshastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by the bestselling author, Kevin Missal.

Review
In this retelling Asuras and Devas are two tribes fighting for the upperhand. Simhas, the tribe of half human – half beast, side with the Devas.
When Indra breaks the truce between Devas and Asuras, and causes the death of Hiranykashyap’s wife, all hell broke loose . This incident turns Hiranykashyap into a maniac who thirsts for revenge. It has been 14 years since the incident, but Hiranya is still the same. Anuhrad, his eldest son yearns to be his father’s heir .Prahlad, his youngest son is still confused whether he should do what is right, or follow his father’s footsteps. Narasimha, who was the head of the Simha is now practicising as a physician, he has got enough of going to war for Indra. Andhaka, the son of Hiranyankshan seems invincible to the Devas.
What will Prahlad choose ?
Why doesn’t Narasimha want to be an avatar ?
Is Andhaka truly invincible?
Read to find out

Of all the avatars of Vishu, Narasimha has always been the one that fascinated me. Mainly because he finds a way around Brahma’s boon for Hiranyakashyap. His boon was that he would not die inside any house or outside any house, during night or day, neither on the ground nor in the sky;he wouldn’t killed by any weapons, by any being created by Brahma or human or animal. But then the Narasimha in the mythology was created for the sole purpose of Hiranya’s death, a retelling with his story was too interesting to let go.
First of all, the cover is beautiful, I love how detailed it is😍😍😍. Can you see the spray of blood?

It was fast paced and interesting, it keeps you hooked. The world building in the book felt like an extension of Shiva Trilogy to me. In retellings I love how the author reimagines the story and connects it with the original story . I know how the story of Narasimha ends, but I’m excited how the Narasimha in this story is going to reach there.People who loved the Shiva Trilogy would find this interesting.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Trilogy.

About the author

Kevin Missal is a 21 year old graduate from St. Stephen’s College, who has written four novels till now ranging from crime to mythology to horror. He had written his first book at the age of 14, which was released by the Chief Minister of Delhi. His second book was written at the age of 16 and was published by a British indie-press. He is a pioneer in writing the World’s First InstaRead and is a bestseller on Amazon under horror category. He is also the co-owner and co-founder of Kalamos Literary Services, which publishes and promotes fledgling writers to make a mark in the literary industry. He currently lives in Delhi and you can contact him on: kevin.missal@yahoo.in