WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
Mythological fiction has become such a big hit in the recent times that authors like Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathi, Anand Neelakantan and Krishna Udayasankar have become household names. Thanks to the new-found and ever-increasing interest among young generation readers, new authors are trying to explore this genre and in the process are coming out with flying colours. Among the ones to recently explore this sphere are inventive and talented writers like Ravi, with his debut novel The Exiled Prince, Book #1 of the ‘Crystal Guardian’ series. After many writers who have found their calling in either Mahabharata or other such epics, comes an author who has, at last, done justice to the heroic epic of Ramayana.
After several years of penance and unwavering dedication, King Dashratha of Ayodhya is blessed with four burly sons. Among them, Ram, the eldest, most brilliant and the most powerful son, is the King’s dearest. Besides the customary job of ruling the inherited kingdom, Ram has been intended to play a pivotal role in a bigger scheme of things. Human lives are increasingly at risk as Ravana, the demon king from the island kingdom of Lanka is becoming ever more powerful, and if no one stops him, he will soon find the crystal of life and become invincible.
As Rama marks the beginning of his exiled life, he soon realises that life is not going to be as easy as it looks. So will Rama be able to survive the harsh life of evil forests? Will he be able to defeat the demons that dwell in those evil jungles? What about Sita? What is it about her that makes the Crystal of Life follow her? Why did the sage ask Rama to keep Sita safe and always by his side? What is the connection between Sita and the Crystal of Life? Will Ravana succeed in his evil plans of stealing away the Crystal? To know the exact outcome of these exciting turn of events, do the read the book for it is definitely worth a go.
The plot of The Exiled Prince is interestingly developed with Rama narrating the whole story to his grandchildren and children in flashback. Throughout the course of the book, chapters freely flow from one time zone to another. This makes the book interesting, and it is a good way to get rid of the monotony which might have come because of the reader’s familiarity with the epic. The thrilling twists introduced by the mystery of the crystal of life is also exciting and fascinating to read about. Even the characters have a nice bend to them which makes them all the more interesting to read about. I personally admired the creativity behind the twist in the character of Kaikayi. All in all, the book is indeed a good read and I truly enjoyed reading it. Therefore, I must recommend The Exiled Prince to all my readers and lovers of mythological fiction.
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