- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press; First edition (2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1946983640
- ISBN-13: 978-1946983640
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,21,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Warjuna ( Book 1 : Mrithasu Rising ) Paperback – 2017
A promising new voice that explores the fascinating world of Indian folklore/mythology, and taking certain inspiration from J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Warjuna Book I: Mrithasu Rising marks the beginning of an epic high fantasy saga.
Civilizations have once again emerged from the ruins of Pralaya, and with a new dawn arrive new ambitions. Ordained by fate, several legions of a ruthless clan have been reported to be seen marching into the boundaries of Bharata. The origins of the Hayacree are unknown, yet their intent is evident: to create a new world order.
The tides of war will bring forth valiant men and women of great fortitude and a divine force to unite them all against the strong will of the enemy. While the matters of kings and kingdoms are to be shouldered by a young prince of Wagharr, a supernatural alliance of Mahayogis and Suparnas will need to travel beyond the realm of man to discover the architect behind the Hayacree invasion.
The hunt for the real enemy will lead them to an expanse invisible to the human eye.
In its depth lies an evil waiting to be discovered, waiting to rise.
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The challenge of writing fantasy lies in the balance an author can strike between world building and character building. And while one is at it, the story cannot stop. Here lies the Brilliance of Warjuna. Krishnaraj builds his story in a familiar albeit new world of Atulya and in the land of Bharatha. So, we don't have to rake up our brains when he says Avanti, or Dwaraka or even the elusive Mount Sumer is familiar to the mythologically tuned Indian mind. The reader, therefore, is aware of the world and it's setting in an intuitive manner. The only thing the author has to point out is the difference between the old and new. So if he says that Mount Sumer is covered by a mystical haze which prevents it being seen by human beings, and Suparnas, those powerful magical creatures with wings (like Garuda) reside on Mount Sumer, it makes intuitive sense. Thus, we get hooked into the story straight away. No time is lost in world building and at the same time since we know that Garuda is not exactly the same Garuda in the "puranas", we look forward to what this Garuda is up to in this world. Nail biting is eventual.
Allow me to uncover another brilliant aspect of Krishnarajs story telling. One of the most inspiring and intriguing relationships in the Mahabharata is the friendship between Krishna and Arjuna. Their intimate and deep connectedness is often portrayed as the connect between the Human (Nara) and the Divine (Narayana). It is said that in each cycle of the earths destruction and rejuvenation, at each stage where the Human and the Divine need to unite to create and/or destroy, we shall find Krishna and Arjuna. Now that Mrithasu, the evil force is rising to claim the realm of Humans, we find Arjuna as a mercenary warrior with an uncanny, undiscovered, intuitive ability to wage war and Kanha as a Mahayogi who is definitely not human but a very different class of Divine as well. They are beginning to unite. Arjuna struggles to see his own leadership and struggles to rise up to the occasion. Kanha knows he can't simply overpower the evil without Arjuna. Herein lies the drama. Arjuna's rise as a leader and Kanha's divinity in support of balance between good and evil. Though the ground treaded is all familiar, the drama is fresh and new. There is a lot to learn and also superb entertainment. The language is fluid the pace is relaxed and the build up to Mritasu Rising is definitely adrenaline pumping.
Uncovering a third streak of brilliance, I should say that in the fractured intersecting space of the world's of Mystical and Human, there is infinite scope for discovery of new forms of life, such as the Hayacree, Suparna and Deyati, new social structures they live in, such as the divine authority of the Seven sages and the Mahayogis, and the new drama their interactions could bring in. This is the beginning of a new Tolkien, a new Rowling, a new Riordan and a new Robert Jordan all put together in a new world of Bharatha.
If you have enjoyed all of the above and have had fun reading Amish, Devdatt, Krishna Udayashankar and S L Bhyrappa, this book is for you and I promise you are in for a very different experience. As for me, I am a fan and I am waiting for the next book to come.
The author borrowed a few characters from Indian folklore Mahabharata like Kanha, Arjuna, Draupadi among others and put them in a world he created. The world of Arjuna; the prince of Wagharr. The story has no resemblance of that of Mahabharata. The genre is epic fantasy.
The book is just the beginning of the series of Warjuna. The book is a perfect deal for the epic fantasy fiction readers. A very well written book. Interesting read. I can assure the readers that they can bet on this book. The book is a masterpiece.
This is truly an exceptional work by the author! Krishnaraj has created a completely new story, a new world by taking two characters from Mahabharata.
Arjuna is the young price of Wagharr, a land of brave and strong mercenaries. His land was invaded by the Hayacree and he was assigned the task to save his people by taking them to far north of Bharatha. Arjuna’s journey takes him to various places and he gets to meet Kanha, the prince of Dwarka.
Author has taken a lot of relationship and emotional elements from Mahabharata, like Kanha’s love for children, the relationship between Draupadi and Arjuna.
The author has beautifully depicted and described the characters. Every character has a significant place in the book and all of them have been placed really well.
It is a fast paced book which will completely grab your attention till the end. As it progresses, it gets more and more intriguing.
The book is the beginning of the series of Warjuna. I’m not sure how many books has the author decided in the series but I’m really excited for the next one to come out. This book really leaves you with a lot of questions which you just cannot ignore and you, like me will wait for the next one to come out.
It is really an amazing read. I feel it can be converted to a movie, something like the ‘Lord of the Rings’, the Indian version.
I would recommend this book to all you like epic fiction. It is truly an unputdownable.
My rating 5/5.
The first 50 pages of any book gives you a fair idea of whether you will enjoy it or not. For me Warjuna was definitely a good read. I took my sweet time to read this book in two stretched out sittings rather than several intervals of reading. Warjuna perfectly sets the stage for the Mrithasu rising series. What i liked about this book is that every chapter is important, you remove one chapter and there will be something missing like a jigsaw puzzle . I’ll definitely wait for the second book from the series to release soon.
P. S. I received a free copy from the author in exchange of a honest review on my blog.
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