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The Age of Kali: Soul Warrior (Book One) Paperback – 28 Jul 2017
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About the Author
Falguni Kothari is the author of unconventional love stories and kick-ass fantasy tales. Her novels are all flavoured by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. An award-winning Indian Classical, Latin and Ballroom dancer, she currently spikes her endorphin levels with Zumba. She resides in New York with her family and pooch.
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In this book, he gets his chance at the 'more' from his life that he deserved and can also be seen using the modern gadgets, wearing jeans and speaking the modern word. As if this is not enough, the smooth shifts in time are a pleasure to read about and I loved how the author effortlessly brought the whole historical eras and then the present alive in her book.
Falguni's writing style is her usual expressive, vivid and engaging self. I have read and enjoyed her contemporary romances in the past and she shines even when she has jumped genres to write a mythological fiction. Her world building is grand and her descriptions are detailed that had me visualizing everything as if they were happening right in front of me.
The story is medium paced and held me interest throughout. The only issue I had was with the names that sometimes confused me and since their descriptions are so different from their real personas, I had a hard time retaining who was who.
Apart from this, I enjoyed reading Soul Warrior and give it 4 stars out of 5. Recommended to everyone but beware that this is a fictional story so don't go expecting a Mahabharat story when you pick up this book. A promising start to a new series, I look forward to the next book.
When I got to know that this book was a story on Karna, I immediately signed up for the review. It’s only recently that I have been introduced to the genre mythical fiction. I found out that Soul Warrior Book 1: The Age of Kali falls under Mythic Fantasy – a book that draws inspiration from mythology, but is set in present times. Uh, oh! It made me wonder if I wanted to read this one after reading 1-2 pages.
There was another reason for this. I had read Magnus Chase & The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan just a couple of weeks ago and I hadn’t been awfully enamoured. That was more because the book targeted young adults.
Gritting my teeth, I plunged into Falguni Kothari’s latest book and fell in love. I have read Bootie and the Beast by the same author (I had won this during #TornadoGiveaway 2) and thought it okay. But Soul Warrior is something else.
Be prepared for spoilers from here on...
The main character, the Soul Warrior is Karna from The Mahabharata. His modern avatar is all set to make women readers drool. I am fascinated with how the author has brought the epic characters to life in the 21st century, combining the right people. For example: Lavya & Ash. Hi5!
I thoroughly enjoyed Draupadi’s daughters - Satya, Lushya, Amara, Ziva, Iksa, Yahvi and their escapades.
Asht Dveep, Hidden Isle, Har-di-koon, etc. etc. formed perfect settings for the story to unfold.
The author has done excellent research on The Mahabharata, the different demons and celestials. I loved the guises she has allotted for Yama and his Dhoota. The descriptions were so brilliant that they brought all the characters to life.
I found the last few pages nail-biting and had imagined a number of endings, only to find that it was the most unexpected. It definitely left the reader in me craving for the sequel.
My question to Falguni Kothari: How many books in this series? And more importantly, when? Can’t wait to get my hands on it/them...
Soul Warrior is the story of Karna, as Soul warrior who now resides in Human Realm to catch red coloured souls of Asuras. It’s about not-so-known love story of Karna and Draupadi, with Mahabharata and Kurukshetra war as the base. Falguni has blended both the worlds and lives of celestials in Devloka and also of those in Human realm.
Falguni has woven magic of love, mythological facts and present day fiction. The way in which the lives of mythological Mahabharata characters are depicted in present scenario is mind blowing.
Who could think of turning GOD’s full form into The Generator, the Operator and the Destroyer? But Falguni thought so. Places like Har-ki-doon, Karna’s abode on an island which no one can find, characters names Eklavya as Lavya, celestials dressing up in modern day avatar, etc are the attractions of this novel.
The Soul warrior is one such book which hooks the reader till the end and keeps wanting for more. Having read book 1 can't wait to read the book 2 to know what happens further.