"Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu” is a mythology-inspired fantasy novel by Kevin Missal.
To be honest, I had a lot of expectations from the book. Some were met, others were not.
The storyline was great, revolving around Kalki Hari, a resident of a little village on the outskirts of Keekatpur. Kalki is born the superhero, however he is ignorant of his strengths and heritage, his purpose of life!
On the other hand, Kali, who rules the kingdom of Keekatpur is evil and belongs to the clan of Rakshas.
Kalki is the happening and heart-throbbing tale of war between good and evil.
The plot includes various references from Indian mythology including Kalki Purana and Mahabharata. Here, Kalki, our protagonist refers to the tenth incarnate of Lord Vishnu.
The author has put in a lot of efforts to create a gripping and engaging storyline, of which, some were fruitful, other in vain.
The description of characters or characterization was done amazingly, by building the characters slowly and steadily, so that the readers are able to connect and relate to them.
A description given at the end of the book, explaining various tribes mentioned in the tale including Rakshas, Yakshas, Asuras etc proved to be beneficial in understanding the plot.
The narration of the plot was done well, however, there was an abruptness with which the plot proceeded. At times, the story jumped from one scene to other without settling in the minds of the readers.
The language was simple and lucid, but the grammar was pathetic. The errors ranged from the improper use of pronouns to practice sentence formation. Editing errors were numerous and hence, were a distraction to the readers.
Nevertheless, the twists and turns hooked the readers till the end. The book is brimming with entertainment, suspense, drama, mythology, and fantasy!
The map provided in the book adds sheen to the novel.
The cover, no doubt is extremely attractive and would make the readers pick up the book. Blurb is well written and concise. The title might mislead the readers a bit, as ‘Kalki’ might be interpreted by the readers as pure work of mythology whereas it is a work of fiction inspired by mythology as clarified by the author.
Overall, a great read, recommend to all book lovers.