Kartikeya and his battle with the Soul Stealer by Usha Narayanan

5b7f74c5ded5a-253x405I received Kartikeya and his battle with the Soul Stealer by Usha Narayanan as a review copy from the author via the publisher. And I would like to them for the same. I was very inquisitive to know about Kartikeya, one God whom we do not know much about.

The blurb:

He was the son of the fierce Durga and three-eyed Shiva. He was born, he lived, and he would die, if need be, for a divine purpose–to kill the Soul Stealer.

Surapadma’s reign of terror flourishes and the fate of all creatures–mortal and immortal–hangs in the balance. Shiva’s son, Kartikeya, must destroy several formidable asuras before he can confront the Soul Stealer and save the dying, gasping universe.

But Kartikeya, whisked away by mysterious forces to live amidst birds and beasts on a bleak mountainside, is ignorant of his destiny, and struggles to learn his identity. Not even the gods–Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva–come to his aid.

He can win the final battle only if he can discern his enemy’s weakness and his own inner strength.

Will Shiva’s son rise to the challenge before it is too late?

The world waits with bated breath. . .

The story:

The story begins with Diti, wife of sage Kashyapa, wanting to take revenge against the Gods who had killed her sons. Thus are born the evil sons of Diti as a result of her tapasyas. And she instills in them the feeling of revenge.

At the same time, a boy with six faces and twelve arms is born, he does not who his parents are but he enjoys the love and affection of many parents and friends, animal, human and celestial.

My take:

The book is the story of Kartikeya, a god we know about only as Shiva’s son and Ganesha’s brother. And all we know about his story from Amar Chitra Katha, in which he and Ganesh have to go around the world thrice. And the other thing I knew about this god was that he rides a peacock.

The author has portrayed Kartikeya as both God and human, thus giving a beautiful touch to the story, the human form being relatable and the celestial being ethereal. She has spoken about both his wives and also his parents.

The characters have been developed in detail. She has described Kartikeya as a child lost in the woods, a child loved by animals, a child who suddenly has many parents who lay a claim on him, a human god who hates wars and a celestial being who has to fight for justice.

The story starts as two different stories but as the book moves on, the stories just come together. And then the book becomes unputdownable, because the way each chapter ended made me curious as to what would happen and I had to start the next chapter. The descriptions are detailed and I could actually picturise many scenes. The feelings of many characters have been described, not just Kartikeya.

The language is simple and the story just flows with its twists and turns. The author has linked many mythological stories in the main story.

I loved the book and would recommend it to lovers and non lovers of mythology alike.

DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

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