Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Publisher: Random House India
Cover : 4/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 4/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Story : 4/5
Overall : 4.5/5
The inhabitants of the thousand hells of Yama have broken free from their prison and vowed to wreak havoc on the heavens, the earth and hell. With the fiendish Hatakas and Narakamayas teamed up with Naganara, a terrifying necromancer hungry for power, the universe is headed for war and destruction unless one human has something to do with it.
Agni Prakash, a debonair young man whose world has been turned upside down by the death of his twin sister, Varu, has been enlisted to stop these forces and be Yama’s very own lieutenant. As the mythical world clashes with his own, Agni discovers a manuscript left behind by his sister. Hauntingly, it draws parallels to the treacherous path upon which he has been thrust. Equipped with an acerbic wit and winning charm, Agni undertakes a battle, where the odds seem tipped wildly against him, and finds unlikely companions along the way.
Will he be able to uncover the secret behind his sister’s writings? And more importantly, will he be able to avert the destruction that seems imminent?
Yama’s Lieutenant by Anuja Chandramouli is an enthralling amalgamation of mythology, science fiction, and action thriller. It is the story of a young lad named Agni whose life changes completely post the death of his twin sister Varuna. Mourning in her memories, Agni stumbles upon his Varuna’s manuscript: a detailed research on mythological characters Yama & Yami, their strong bond as siblings, and Yama’s journey of being the king of hell (famously known as Pataal Lok in Hindu scriptures). Agni believes that there is a gateway to heaven, the path to which lies in Varuna’s manuscript. He is confident that if he is able to find that path, he will be able to bring Varuna back to life.
On the other hand, in Yama’s land, there is an evil named Naganara who wants to destroy the world. He is powerful enough to summon ancestral evils and even the most fearful creatures from the dungeons of hell. His ultimate motive is to destroy humanity & rule the world. Yama cannot stop the prisoners of hell from escaping owing to his weakened powers due to an ancient curse, and is hence in dire need of an assistant. Agni, armed with grit, determination, and Varuna’s research, comes to Yama’s rescue by fighting the evils, meets with Minothi — Mother Earth’s favoured daughter with divine powers, and sets on to save the world. While Gods, Goddesses, and humans together fight to save humanity, a brilliant twist changes the course of the story. What happens next, will only be best experienced upon reading the book!
The 0.5 from overall rating has been reduced only because a lot of information has been put out there in the book but no guide or appendix to refer to when one is needs to recall a few characters or places.
Yama’s Lieutenant is one of the very few books that I have rated 4.5/5 and fairly so. It is an enthralling mystery beautifully carved by Anuja with her weave of vivacious vocabulary. The sentence structure, character crafting, and plot planning have made a positively remarkable impact on the script as a whole. Narration has been done in a way that serves the purpose of a mystery novel — including right amount of detail at the right time to ensure that the tinge of mystery is persistent throughout. The script advanced smoothly on just the right pace, leaving the reader to guess what would happen next and that is the biggest asset of a mystery thriller.
An enthralling amalgamation of mythology, science fiction, and action thriller (4.5/5)
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