1. Author: Khayaal Patel
  2. Release: August 20th, 2018
  3. Pages: 358
  4. Genre: Historical Fiction, Mythological Fiction, Fantasy
  5. Publisher: Westland
  6. Language: English
  7. Good Reads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41059051-tarikshir?ac=1&from_search=true
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A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.


From the land of brave Rajput warriors comes another fantasy tale that celebrates their chivalry and incredible valiance. Situated in the princely state of Devangarh, the story is narrated by the young prince Rudra who is being seasoned by his father to become the next king. He is being taught the ways of war and tactics of running the kingdom. However the threat of British evasion, which is slowly taking over whole of the Bharat is looming large. Matters get even worst when the present king and father of Rudra refuses to negotiate with the British and thus kingdom is faced with inevitable war. 

But that is not all. There are many mysterious and magical elements which are working secretly, away from everyone’s eyes to uncover and possess the powers that no mortal should ever have. Rudra goes on a journey where he not only tries to solve the mysterious puzzle of such powers but also try to identify his own purpose and calling. The ancient dark secrets which have their roots in the Hindu mythology slowly are revealed and the evil entity Tarikshir if awakened would change the world forever.


There are several characters in the story but the protagonist would be the young prince Rudra. He is a very sensible character and is mature for his age. He is observant and sensitive to people around him. But due to difference in the principles and teachings of his father and mother, he is very confused and struggles to find the right path. He wants to make his father proud and be an example of brave king for his kingdom, but he also wants to have peace in order to ensure safety and security of his subjects. This conflict shows that he is reflective and introspective and doesn’t follow people blindly. Even though the young king doesn’t believe he is brave, I personally feel he exhibits an incredible strength of character as he carries the responsibility of the kingdom on his shoulders. 

The character buildup in the story is amazing and all the characters do not fall in traditional black and white categories. The characters are complex and exhibit both goods and bads which is a big thumbs up in my books. There is much more to the characters then what meets the eye and you might end up hating the character that you initially fell in love with. I absolutely love reading books with such complex characters and it is somewhat realistic approach to the reality.


The language in the book is sophisticated with good vocabulary. It is a rare book which will be enjoyed both by the seasoned reader and a beginner. The author uses wit and humor to lighten the otherwise dark theme of the book and helps to maintain the flow of reading smoothly. The language is descriptive enough to fuel the imagination but not overly stretched out to make it boring. 


The majority of the story is narrated by Rudra, while there are some sections which are narrated by few other characters. The narrators use stream of consciousness to express their thoughts, emotions and descriptions in the form of inner monologue. Having multiple narrators helped to capture the interest of the reader as it bought in the element of suspense and mystery to the story. The tone of the narration is that of a thriller and definitely gives justice to the story. 


The plot-line is the star of the story. It is very unique and complex. Author weaved a complex web of story lines and characters which end up in keeping the reader hooked till the very last line. Being a debut book, it is incredible how amazing the plot-line and characters of the story are. There are many cliffhangers and everything is beautifully tied up by the end. I could sense that the author is a fan of well known pop culture franchises (Harry Potter, Game of thrones) since I could see that influence on the complex characters and few elements of the story. 

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story after I read the blurb. But once I started reading it, I was absolutely hooked. The blurb absolutely doesn’t do justice to the book. The book completely exceeded my expectations and I did not expect to enjoy it the way I did. The relatability of protagonist, the dark world of black magic and power, the twist of mythology and the question of what is actually right or wrong, makes this book a complete package.

I see his book being enjoyed by young adult readers, fantasy readers and thriller readers. Hence it caters to a large demographic of audience. This piece of art coming from a debut author is what completely blew my mind. Since this book finished on a cliffhanger, I can’t wait to read the next part and discover what else is in store for the young king Rudra.

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