The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver | Review *6/10 Stars*

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The Curse of Brahma

Krishna Trilogy #1

by Jagmohan Bhanver

Page Count: 378 
Published: 2015
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
Source: I received a paperback from the publisher for an honest review (Thanks!)
My Rating: 6/10 Stars


The man who became a Brahmarishi...
The curse that banished him to the hell of hells...
And the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worlds...

When Lord Brahma, the God of Creation, banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage, he does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds. Mortally wounded, and anguished at Brahma's unfair punishment, his pupil struggles to survive in Tamastamah Prabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in Pataal Lok, who swears to destroy Brahma.

The power of the Dark Lord soon begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world. Vasudev, the brave prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies while trying to save his sister from a group of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control.

Only one person threatens the Dark Lord's well-laid plans - Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.

Will the Dark Lord allow Krishna - the person who has been prophesied to destroy him - to be born?

The verdict

I'm a total sucker for mythology. There was a time I would read any piece, any book written with the slightest hint of Greek mythology in it. As a result I found some awesome authors and some awesome series I got addicted to (the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, for one). That was four... five years ago.

I used to think back then, why doesn't anyone write fantasies and fiction novels based on Indian mythology? As a child, I could never stop pestering my mum to tell me stories and snippets from The Ramayana or Mahabharata (hell, even The Bhagwad Gita), as a child. The originals are so cool, I used to think, how cool would the fantastical-fictional spinoffs be?

Then came the much hyped Shiva Trilogy (and many others, with authors hopping-skipping and jumping on this bandwagon), and ruined it for me. I'll not write about the Shiva Trilogy, or how big of a disappointment it turned out for me as a reader.

Let's talk about the Krishna Trilogy. Maybe I was expecting too much? Gorgeous cover, by the way.

It was overall a quick read. Too many characters, but that was to be expected. The long monologues from these characters became a bit annoying after a while, though.

I liked the way the plot developed, but the narration lagged a lot and felt unnecessarily dragged. The syntax and grammatical errors strewn through out also made me knock off a star. 

To sum it up, I liked the story. But the narration and writing needs polishing. Will I choose to read book two? Probably yes.  

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