When Agni First Spoke
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Many years ago, an extraordinary cripple disappeared from a remote village, ending a time of terror. Not many knew that he gave his life to confine a malevolence, the Sutram, to its subterranean womb or that in doing so, he had prevented the apocalypse.
Deep beneath the Earth the evil has lurked, fraying its shackles and plotting its escape, all the while gathering immeasurable power. Until now.
When ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, received an order of requisition from the Government of India for his ancestral castle, he was unaware of the Sutram beneath it or his own legacy.
He will have to choose between the world’s end or his own.
Before long, the lawyer takes on India’s most powerful politician, Kiromal, a man utterly obsessed with power. Kiromal and his sinister Tantric advisor intend to use the evil beneath the castle to play God.
Raghuram finds an ally in Sheila, a scientist who is tasked to investigate the Sutram. Using Quantum science to interpret a Vedic verse, they have to unravel the secrets of creation to stop the destruction. Through it all, they have to be one step ahead of Kiromal just to stay alive.
Now is the time of final reckoning. Will Kiromal harness the evil to rule the world?
Or will the Sutram break free to eradicate the planet?
Or, are Raghuram and Sheila merely pawns in an even deadlier game?
This is the book that reminded me why I love reading books!
This is a book that is an antidote to all the engineer love stories around that turns off people from picking up Indian authors.
The book is the perfect blend of science fiction, mythology, dark magic and much more! The writing is so lucid that you just get drawn into the world of the author’s imagination right from the page one!
The book deals with different timelines as well as includes various concepts of quantum physics with such ease that is rarely found. The author switches timelines with such ease that the reader just flows along with the words.
While I would love to discuss various parts of the books, I would not want to give away any spoilers. Instead, I would discuss why people who are readers, as well as non-readers who wish to start reading, would love this book. The book has excellent plot points, perfect pace, a great blend of mythology and action, great characterizations (I especially loved the play on the name of P. Eshwar..), and an extremely easy way of narrating it all.
The only con here was there were minor spelling mistakes here and there. Nothing too serious, and definitely should not be a reason for staying away from the book.
This is one author to definitely keep an eye on. Totally recommend this book.
Rating: 3 out of 4