I received Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali #1) as a review copy from the BookR3vi3ws and would like to tank Debdatta for the same. I have read Falguni’s previous works, both romance and was expecting her to write another romance. But she seems to have moved on to mythology with a twist, what with the #1 book of the series.
Twisted myths. Discretion advised.
Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?
In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.
Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.
Seven thousand five hundred years ago, at the Kuru Kshetra Battlefield on Day 17 of the Great Kuru War, Lord Yama is tells dying Karna to accept the office of the Soul Warrior and hunt down the red-souled asuras and crush them. He wishes Karna a long and successful Celestial existence.
Five thousand years ago, the Bard is scribbling the observations of the Dwandha Yudha between the Asuras and Gods at the Himalaya Mountains and the Soul Warrior brings reprieve.
Present day, it is the Age of Kali and the setting is Mumbai. Karna’s career of 8000 years as Humanity’s soul guardian included his duty to keep the world from supernatural evil and not meddle in human affairs. He has been visited by the three Gods and Goddesses and promoted to the post of Celestial Guru. But this comes with a rider: he has been asked to look after six godlings and train them to fight with the Asuras. And who are these godlings, the children of Draupadi: five fathered by the Pandavas and one by him. How? His child is the youngest,human and the other five are celestial. After he takes charge of the godlings and Draupadi also comes to has abode as Qalli, the godmother to the godlings.
A new twist to an old tale. I was unable to relate to the first two events in the story but as the story moved to the present day, things became very interesting. The Gods and Goddesses are modern and so are the settings with MRIs and internet. There are a lot many characters, celestial, asuras and Karna’s right hand, Lavya. Some parts are very funny.
I have not described the godlings because reading about them as the author has described them would be more interesting, at least, I felt so.
The story is nice, well written but the ending was a little different from what I expected.
Book Source: The author