Immortal by Krishna Udayasankar [Book Review]

Immortal.jpgTitle : Immortal

Author : Krishna Udayasankar

ISBN : 9789351950080

Publisher : Hachette India

Genre : Mythological Fiction

Pages : 408

Source : Publishers

Rating : 4 stars

 

 

First off, I’d like to start by thanking the author Krishna Udayasankar and the publisher Hachette India for sending us this review copy of ‘Immoral’.

This is my first book of Krishna, known for her famous retelling of Mahabharata through The Aryavarta Chronicles(Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra). Govinda, her debut novel was a bestseller and she’s regarded as India’s best author for Mythological Fiction.

‘Immortal’ is the story of the cursed immortal, the man who cannot die – Asvatthama, son of Dronacharya, friend of Duryodhana, who fought together in the Great War in Mahabharata.

Asvatthama is living in present times, under an assumed identity of Professor Bharadvaj as a Historian. He is almost about to change his identity when he gets a call from his partner, Manohar, regarding a search for a historical artifact, said to have mythical characteristic, the Vajra. The Professor immediately doesn’t buy into this as it is something he has been searching for centuries along with other scientists, historians and alchemists of his generation and failed to find it.

However, when Maya Jervois, shows him one of its pieces, the professor agrees to pursue it and sets off on a journey with Manohar and Maya into an adrenaline-fueled adventure. What happens next forms the rest of the plot.

The story is narrated by the protagonist. The book is very well-researched and I love the author’s writing style, the plot and the secondary characters. Her description of the characters makes them seem very real and relatable. The book gives a very ‘Dan Brown’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ feel.

Asvatthama has lived through the centuries under different identities and this can be seen by the historical references he makes throughout the book. His life is entwined with history and he’s participated in a lot of great wars and other historical events, and met and worked with a lot of eminent personalities like Subhash Chandra Bose and Genghis Khan, to name a few.

The best part of the book is the journey of the trio. They travel across geography in search of the Vajra, moving from the shores of Gujarat to the temples in Dwaraka, the legendary home of siddhas in Nilgiris and finally to the deserts in Balochistan. They move through caves, forests and water bodies.

The description of every location is detailed and vivid and will make you feel like you’re part of their journey. However, I felt that the author could have included a few more details about Asvatthama and his past.

All in all it’s a great, fast-paced and easy read, quite a page-turner with a gripping suspense and intriguing story and the thriller will keep you hooked to it till the end.

Highly recommended for mytho-fiction lovers.

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