The story started with a bang and had me enthralled straight away. I knew from the language style and the subject that I was going to love this book. Here are some of the first lines.
Death is hot.
That surprises me. I’d imagined death as cold and brutal. Merciless. But in truth, death is hot as blood, and constant like a heartbeat.
Thrum. Thrum. Thrum. My lifeblood ebbs to the rhythm. My head ripped from its torso by Anjalika, the arrow of death that burns even now with the energy of the sun. Struck from behind like some novice. Felled in battle by that lily-livered usurper the Heavens smile upon--
Prince Arjun. Brother Arjun.
What have I done?
Throughout the book, the author managed to keep me riveted, full of wonder and worry. The story is fast-paced, laced with detail and so immersed in the plot that the reader is pulled along. There were twists and dialogues that had me go through a dozen emotions in a few minutes. The contemporary / human feel to it gave it a sort of Western flair despite the Indian roots and characters, which made it all the more fascinating.
Definitely worth a try if you’re a fan of mythology, urban fantasy and powerful stories in general.