I was at this unique book shack called Walking Bookfairs in Bhubaneswar, these guys travel around Odhisha promoting reading among people (more on their story later), one of the owners of WB suggested this Duckbill book, I was confused as to why was he suggesting that I must read this young adult novel!!! Nonetheless I decided to go with his suggestion. I have not regretted buying this book since I have turned the first page.
The narrative is gripping, fast paced, one incident happening after another, the multiple twists and turns keep you on the edge. I can’t remember when was the last time I had finished a book so fast. I simply could not put it down.
It is hard to tell you what the book is about without revealing too much about the plot and the story-line so I’ll go by what it says on the back cover of the book –
“Anya’s carefree teenage life is thrown into turmoil when her mother is abducted, passing on the mantle of wordkeeper to her. Her only ally for this task is a cursed immortal warrior.
In another part of the country, village boy Bilal dismisses tales about a prophecy claiming he is a messiah…. Until the day his dearest friend is killed in a case of mistaken identity.
Anya and Bilal need to find each other so they can fulfill the old prophecy and destroy their common enemy, the vengeful God who pursues them.”
Jash Sen has used language that is simple and uncomplicated suitable for Young Adults, keeping in mind the modern day connections with an age old story. My word of advice for Adults like me reading this book, do NOT compare it with books/thrillers set with a mythological background. This is NOT meant to be an adult read, it is for young minds that are slowly discovering the miracles and magic our mythology holds. Jash Sen has effectively done that, without sounding like a history teacher trying to teach kids about Hindu mythology. The book is peppy, fun to read and has great deal of mystery to offer.
The characters are drawn well, especially of the Supremo, Dhoomvati and the Rakshak apart from the two protagonists. The settings vary from Bangalore in 2028 to age of Mahabharata some five thousand years ago. The use of Himsa, Bhay, Durukti, Vyadhi, Jara and other vices as Captains, Sergeants, Majors in the Council of the Supremo is quite interesting and unique. The book also bring forward many mythological characters to life like Yakshas, Only thing that caught my eye was, the story is set in 2028, so the gadgets used by the protagonists and other characters in the book could have been cooler. Nonetheless it is a great book to read, especially if you like Brilliant books written for young minds, has simple language, great settings and have a weakness for our great mythologies and the wonders that it holds.
THE WORDKEEPERS is the first book in the Trilogy; it is followed by The SKYSERPENTS.
I know what I am doing this weekend; I am going back to Walking Bookfairs and getting myself a copy of the second in the series. If you haven’t already done it yet….. GO. BUY. READ. NOW!!!!!!!