Historical fiction especially when it comes to mythology, they are my weakness. I love to hoard up mythological books and read every single one of them. When I was contacted by Kevin Missal and Tavleen for reviewing Dharmayodha Kalki, I without a second thought agreed to it. And once I finished the book, I knew my decision was correct.
“Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an upsurge in unrighteousness, at that time, I take birth again”
– LORD GOVIND
Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles. Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe. But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue, and forces that seek to decimate him, he needs to follow his destiny before Kaliyuga begins.
“But instead of fear in the boy’s eyes, there was something else. There was hope. And then, the boy did the unthinkable.
What can I say about this book!Dharmayodha Kalki receives 10000 stars from me! I just couldn’t keep it down. Once I started, I knew I had to finish it. Oh my god, the detailing, the characters, the cover, writing, everything. I just couldn’t find a single fault. I am so, so, so happy with this book. When I started reading the book I had some other story going on in my mind but the moment I started getting into it, I was totally blown away. I could never think the story would turn up in that way. Woah!
Kevin has written down a beautiful novel, a retelling of the avatar of Lord Govinda, Kalki, in a not so “mythological” manner. He has immense strength, which has been proved time an again by events like defeating enemies twice his size, faster healing of wounds and very sharp fighting skills. He doesn’t have a decent explanation about the skills he possesses until he meets Kripa aka Kripacharya- a guru who had been a part of the biggest battle against evil- the Mahayudh.
Kali is the descendant of a clan known for their evil and cunning nature. He has sacrificed innumerable things to rise to the position of ‘Lord Kali’ – a position that demands respect and effuses fear. The author has introduced clans similar to Asuras, Nagas, and Rakshas with their own charm and characteristics. The backdrop of the entire story gives you a feel of the ancient yet modern Vedic structure. There are details about machinery that have been mentioned in the Mahabharata times, this shows that the author has done a good amount of research before writing down the book. One of the beautiful part for me was the miraculously woven storyline which involved both the epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana and also Purana.
I don’t really think I can point out any flaws. The vivid imagination of the author with the grandeur fits perfectly. When I started reading the book, I didn’t feel that I was reading a book, I felt I was watching a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie. I always thought that such genre could only be written by Amish Tripathi but after reading this book, Kevin Missal, I don’t have words anymore. This book is a must-read, very intelligently written with no harsh or fancy words, the story just flows in a smooth manner.