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The Guardians of the Halahala Vikramaditya Veergatha #1

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The deadly Halahala the all devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinctionBut was the Halahala truly destroyedA small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to who Edit Added Author Interview linkEver since I read The Immortal of Meluha I became huge

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Ikramaditya and his Council of Nine to uell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaosA sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger greed and deceit The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend I had my eye on this book since long and finally I got chance to read it and I am real Asian Bites: A feast of flavors from Turkey to India to Japan to uell An Atheist Defends Religion the supernatural hordes – and prevent The Flintstones Stone Age Nursery Rhymes the universe from Herotica 4: A New Collection of Erotic Writing by Women tumbling into chaosA sweeping El Diablero tale of honour and courage in Superdate the face of infinite danger greed and deceit The Guardians of The Cooking Book the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a The Complete Idiot's Guide to Smoothies time of myth and legend I had my eye on Black Men Magazine Reality TV Issue with bonus 2012 Calendar (Draya Michele cover) this book since long and finally I got chance Backyard Harvest: A year-round guide to growing fruit and vegetables to read it and I am real

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Ever possesses it And both asuras and devas locked in battle for supremacy will stop at nothing to claim itAs the forces of Devaloka and Patala led by Indra and Shukracharya plot to possess the Halahala Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches It is now up to Samrat V Epic Indian set fantasy with kings demons deadly MacGuffin pending apocalyse betrayals The Tomato Book to claim itAs Loving Lilly the forces of Devaloka and Patala led by Indra and Shukracharya plot The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quinoa Cookbook to possess Christmas Eve on Sesame Street the Halahala Shiva An Atheist Defends Religion turns Asian Bites: A feast of flavors from Turkey to India to Japan to mankind An Atheist Defends Religion to guard it from The Flintstones Stone Age Nursery Rhymes their murderous clutches It is now up Herotica 4: A New Collection of Erotic Writing by Women to Samrat V Epic Indian set fantasy with kings demons deadly MacGuffin pending apocalyse betrayals


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    Edit Added Author Interview linkEver since I read The Immortal of Meluha I became huge fan of the alternate history or mythology genre Half of my wishlist books are filled with this genre The Guardians of the Halahala was in my wishlist for than a year I got my hands on the book few weeks back And I considered myself lucky that I got author signed copyIndian mythological literature is pretty rich and deep During our college times we used to think why Indian authors were not recreating those stories Soon a trend of alternate history mythology stories started Today we find than 300 books in the genre But one has to put enough effort to leave an impact on readers By combining stories of 'Samudra Manthan' and Vikramaditya Shatrujeet has created mind boggling epic 'The Vikramaditya Veerghatha'Trilogy revolves around poison called Halahala In this first part the Lord Shiva himself has given responsibility of the Halahala sealed dagger to Vikramaditya As task was assigned by omniscient himself Vikramaditya being the Samrat of the Bharatvarsha and the king of Avanti considered the responsibility as illustriousness Vikramaditya didn't know why Shiva chosen him and Shiva didn't reveal it to him His counsel of Nine had wholeheartedly accepted their kings decision to protect dagger Before accepting dagger Shindhuvrata was having threat from barbaric Huna Saka from the west After accepting dagger Maghadh became aggressive and started taking military actions in the east to increase their prowess Avanti started getting attacks from Devas Asuras Counsellor of Avanti with their power and technology were able to counter those attacks but the devastation brought by attacks had already taken heavy toll on Ujjaini the capital of Avanti With heavy anticipation and few exciting revelation author finished the first part on high peak It is not possible for someone who liked the first part to not check second one Shatrujeet was able to match my expectations It is a sure shot best read of this year in the mytho action thriller I will dig into second part ASAPDetailed review link interview link


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    I have to admit at the very beginning that I accepted a review copy of this book from the author without even reading the blurb The reason behind it is the Author’s debut novel “The Karachi Deception” I had absolutely loved it for his writing style Then again once I accepted and realized that this is a fantasy mythological book instead of a gritty thriller I felt apprehensive what if the author isn’t as good in writing in a different genre from what I have already read and appreciated I need not have feared Shatrujeet Nath follows up his stunning thriller with an eually enthralling fantasy bookDuring the ‘Samudramanthan’ which produced a lot of treasure and ‘Amrit’ in the end also produced a poison Halahala so potent that even the fumes of it dropped the bodies of devas and Asuras alike Lord Shiva had swallowed it in order to save the universe from extinction But what many people do not know is that a small amount remains and the owner of it could have a huge advantage in any battle Both Devas and Asuras are in search for it But Lord Shiva who knows the potential of it entrusts Vikramaditya and his Navaratnas to guard it with their lifeI found the plot uite engrossing and different from anything that I have read from an Indian author so far We all know of the ‘Samudramanthan’ and Halahala and we also know of Vikramaditya and his various tales When put together they indeed form something uniue Complimentary to the plot is its characterization The author has taken the age old characters and presented them in a new avatar The Gods especially Lord Shiva seem so human in the story that one can almost identify with them But I have to say that Vikramaditya stands out among all of them With a wide choice of Devas and Asuras available I choose team human because Vikramaditya as the wielder of the Hellfires is really a formidable personality The author’s style of writing is opulent and easy to get into at the same time He has not only maintained uality in writing but has also improved upon it I would recommend it to all mythology and fantasy lovers as it guarantees entertainment with its plot action and twistshttpwwwb00kr3vi3wsin201501The


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    Deceived by hordes of positive reviews and being a fan of Indian Mythology I picked 'The Guardians Of Halahala' the book one of 'Vikaramaditya Veergatha' written by Shatrujeet NathAs I started reading the book the start was slow the pace remained slow throughout It felt like I was reading story of a Indian TV serial The book ualifies every uality to be a perfect Indian daily soap Useless conversations nothing happening in many chapters half of the chapters were wasted in character introduction too many characters the characters were not well built Author describes an event and forgets it for a long time and then reintroduce that event again later in the book Even in fantasy I am reading this first time that Holika was consort of Hiranyaksh they actully were siblings and Andhak the blind Asura son of Lord Shiv worked under Hiranyaksh Disappointing Done with the series1 Star


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    Epic Indian set fantasy with kings demons deadly MacGuffin pending apocalyse betrayals politics conspiracies and one meeellion characters All the fun of the fair in fact I enjoyed this a lot as an epic romp the massive cast somewhat overstretched my mental faculties at points but I got to grips eventually and liked the team of Guardians and the concept a lot There's a lot of exposition and the writing is workmanlike but it's a good big twisty story with a vivid setting and lots of violent fantasy funEDIT Dear sweet Jesus only book 1 is available on Kobo What is the POINT of putting book 1 on Kobo and then making the others Kindle only? Why do publishers even exist? Oh my God


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    For the uninitiated Halahala is the poison that was churned from the oceans expecting Amrit instead It was deemed to be so potent that it could destroy the three universes and who better than the destroyer himself to consume the poison and save everyone If the Halahala didn’t exist any what’s the story about? You have to read to find out because it has been crafted so beautifully Kudos to Shatrujeet Nath for bringing back Mythology and Fantasy in my reading habitat Recommended for everyone especially for young adults to get familiar with our mythology which is mostly verbally passed on through generationsRead the full review here


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    When I was 10 I was introduced to this story of King Vikramaditya and Betaal or Vikram aur Betaal I was fascinated by both the characters Vikram for being human and yet having courage to carry a ghost on his back and Betaal for his wicked sense of humor Some years later I was introduced to one story of Vikramaditya ie Singhasan Battisi Since then I have seen him as a courageous and righteous king like no one He was like Ram of modern world My interest in this characters made me read this bookI had read a great deal of praise about this book and I wanted to finish this last year Somehow I couldn't It's for the good because it has given me a great start for this year Long time back during the Smaudra Manthan Halahala a deadly poison was released Devas and Asuras were both affected from the Halahala and it posed great thread to the whole creation Both Devas and asuras approached Lord Mahadev to save them Lord Mahadev decided to drink all the Halahala to save the world But a small potion of the Halahala was stolen by an asura named Veeshada who had traps it safely inside a dagger The dagger was under safe custody of Shiva who is no one but Mahadeva himself living in the Himalayas Shiva decided to hand over the dagger to Vikramaditya so that he could meditate in peace Now it is Vikramaditya's responsibility to protect the dagger from both Devas and asuras who want to possess it to have an upper hand over their enemyThe story is powerfully weaved never letting the grip loosen once the introduction part is over The characters Navratnas or the nine councilors or Vikramaditya play major role in this book There is of them than Vikramaditya himself It works so well that you'll love at least two of the characters from the Navratnas Their background stories have been scattered over the book which I felt should have been packed into a chapter or two It is annoying when a remark about a characters past is made and it is not revealed for the next 30 40 pages This has been repeated throughout The fantasy elements in this book are admirable The Ashvins Maruts Andhaka Swords of Hellfire etc will make you crave for and fantasy The story would have been dull if not for these fantasy elements One plus about the story is that it effortlessly moves from one plot to another It's not that easy when you have hundreds of characters and places in one story The flaws I found may not be of great importance to many But I certainly thought they could have turned this into a much better book The first was the annoying bombardment of unfamiliar words It just breaks the flow of reading a thriller Author doesn't have to impress the reader by diction but by the art of story telling Secondly There is a huge scope for humor in this story which hasn't been exploited much It's like that one piece of cashew in good day cashew biscuits More would have made it tastierAt the end of it I won't be able to resist reading the next book in this trilogy I'll have to put down everything else and read it I doubt it will be limited to trilogy as there is scope for 5 books at least Prepare to be blown away if you consider reading thisPS Where there's Vikram there's Betaal D D


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    I had my eye on this book since long and finally I got chance to read it and I am really glad that I picked up this book My favourite genres are mythology and fiction and this book is perfect combination of both The story begins with the scene of “Samudramanthan” My grandparents used to tell me the stories regarding mythology and I have heard few stories regarding it “Halahala” is the most powerful poison that has been derived from this process So the Deva and Danava reuested the lord Shiva and Shiva drank that poison to save the earth The book is first part of Vikramaditya VeergathaI loved the book The story is written so wonderfully It has very different and uniue plot Well written Authors has done really nice job Amazing use of vocabulary and language Page turner All the characters have been portrayed well And I loved the politics woven around the plot There are number of characters that holds the interest of the reader Unexpected twists and turns take place So plot is completely unpredictable During whole time I felt like I was watching a nice movie and I would definitely love to see movie based on this book As this is the first book of the triology I cannot wait to read other two books Indeed nice one A must read for all the mythology and fiction lovers


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    Let me start by stating the obviousThe Guardians of the Halahala is unlike any book you have read in the Indian historical fiction genre till date The beginning of a trilogy it effortlessly combines religion legend history and even one of the most iconic characters from our fables bringing a uniue perspective to their storyreview Godyears bookIt all begins with one of Lord Shiva's most iconic moments one that reuires not just the devas and asuras but also Lord Vishnu to work beside each other The churning of the Ocean of milk to attain the nectar of immortality Amrit first produces something else though the deadly Halahala poison which is swallowed whole by Lord Shiva as per mythologyOnly that is not entirely accurate A small portion of the Halahala was in fact siphoned away by an alert asura who hides it within an object When Shiva finally gets his hands on it he is faced with a conundrum neither does he wish to retain possession of the object nor does he trust the devas or asuras where safekeeping of such a potentially dangerous weapon capable of mass destruction is concernedThe one he finally chooses is no deva or asura but a mere mortal Chandragupta Vikramaditya the king of Avanti aided by his Navaratnas the nine 'gems' of his court Vikramaditya will find out that being the titular Guardian of the Halahala is not nearly as simple as concealing the destructive object as he becomes the centre of attention not just of his mortal enemies but also the devas and asurasWhat stood out for me in this book?1 Attention to detailThat is essential in any novel but almost paramount when you endeavour to write historical fiction because the characters already exist in some form in the minds of the reader unlike uniue new characters we create in normal fiction And that is where Shatrujeet Nath shows his class Each character is immaculately fleshed out and precise thought is given to world building for a larger narrative There is a map at the beginning to visualise the world you are entering and a glossary at the end to aid you in knowing places and people from history who grace the storyline2 CharacterisationIn a good story the characters are never easily defined as good and evil Never is that apparent than here as you get to see the various shades of morality depicted in the Gods and demons alike both in a race to get this deadly power for their own selfish reasons Vikramaditya and his loyal posse will win your heart as they stand out here fighting the just fight against odds that on paper should be stacked heavily against them Avanti vs the devasasuras Huns et al gulp Even the Lord Shiva you meet is very different from what you imagined3 PaceThe author brings in the same frenetic energy from his previous book here With so many characters at his disposal he still does not allow things to slow down as he moves across scenarios and settings making this a pure thriller for the reader as opposed to just a tale of historical fiction The battle seuences too work brilliantly here as you can easily visualize them as you read4 Twists in the taleThe little twists and unexpected turns in the tale are essential to make the reader nod in appreciation In a storyline of this magnitude you need to have a few tricks in the bag to grant Vikramaditya the upper hand in his battle against the asuras and devas Also look out for a face we are all familiar with as you traverse the 'transitional land between life and death' That and the utilisation of the character is a mark of pure creativity5 LanguageWith his first book Shatrujeet Neet had already shown that he knew how to tell a tale well Here too you do not need to worry as the same fluency and ease with language come into play A big shout out to the editor too for a job well done hereA couple of years ago I had the pleasure of reviewing the author’s first book “The Karachi Deception” and had found it to be one of the best spy thrillers by an Indian author A part of me had been a little disappointed then when I had realised he was transitioning towards historical fiction because I really loved his style in the former genre and wanted I am happy to say that Shatrujeet Nath has made me a convert – this is an author who handles his devas asuras and kings just as deftly and confidently as he had previously done with the various army men and spies across both sides of the border while executing “Project Abhimanyu” in his first bookThe Guardians of the Halahala by Jaico Publishing is a wonderful new world for you to enter – a thriller set in a world which seems familiar when you hear the names of the characters within it and yet will make you realise there is to them as you get to know themI am going with a maximum rating of 5 out of 5 for this book Anyone who can successfully combine the energy of an action thriller while creating a new iteration of a world that we thought we knew deserves no less than thathttpwwwgodyearsnet201503book


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    Rightly named Vikramaditya Veerkadha the story happens after thousand years when Lord Shiva swallows Halahala a portion that gives victory to whoever has it Lord Shiva failed to drink the last portion of the Halahala and he can’t drink it again to safeguard the universe from depletion as He nearly died the first time At this point of time I found Mahadeva Lord Shiva to be powerless when he sought help from VikramadityaHe is just like us needing help from trusted people once in a whileIt makes me wonder from an atheist point of view if there is any God is he powerless too?What is stopping HimHer to help the needy and downtrodden people? I understand the author’s way of thinking which is God has given the power to choose between right and wrong So if we are doing bad thingsgood things Karma will decide whether the gate of heaven is open for us or we are going to be pushed into hell despite our likes and dislikes But playing with one’s life is not a right behavior even it is God Himself After reading the novel my perspective of looking at God changed totally I was uestioning my beliefNow coming on to the Halahala the angels of Devaloka and demons of Patala compete among themselves to get it which is stored in a dagger’s hilt Who is going to win? It is a battle between the good and the evilVikramaditya and his nine councilmen who are all humans are entrusted by Lord Shiva to guard the dagger that contains a small amount of Halahala Will they succeed despite so many odds? Because their lives are at stake How can they save themselves from Asuras and Devas and also from hunas and sakas?We all have read the mighty king Vikramaditya’s story in our childhood days but this one is a totally different take from the books we have all read The nine councilmen who accompany Vikramaditya on his journey to succeedThat is why the novel is called ‘The guardians of Halahala’ Not only these people are in this book there are so many intriguing characters which occasionally makes us forget who is who only in the first half Second half is fineWhen I started reading the novel I had a feeling I will not like it The prologue was not that impressive to capture my mind though it did give me a glimpse of what I already know that is Vikramaditya is the chosen one to do the job given by Lord Shiva Will he succeed?Hell yesIf the author changes his mind in the next series just forgive me please The novel is very simple but the suspense of what we are going to find next the hardships that Vikramaditya and his nine council men are going to undergo the mystery unraveling itself gave me a satisfactory readI have read mythological thrillers before and watched movies tooLord of the rings but not like this one I can’t believe how the author managed to write a book that readers of all ages love If you like mythological thrillers this one is tailor made for you Each character speaks volumeThere are lots of twists and turns in this well plotted story I understand this book is written basically around Hindu myths I am still in the learning process but I can do a comparison of certain things like omniscient Lord demons angels witches flesh eating pishachas and spirits as no human knows the full story of how the universe was formed with proofAs the book is 400 pages long I took breaks to read it That doesn’t mean the book is not a compelling read Indeed it is the opposite I devoured each page so much that will feel like bragging to some of you King Vikramaditya is loyal down to earth and valiant enough to lead the nine council men towards brighter future for himself and his people His love for Vishaka even though she is in a vegetative state for almost two years is heart touching


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    The title and the cover of the book is fierce and dominates the appearance a dagger looking royal and pristine but bold enough to hint what the book beholdsWhile many may contemptuously flick history as tales of the dead and gone it has in recent times emerged a one of the best received genre The art of combining fascinating history with appetizing mythology has not really been around but the Author seems to have carved his way in and has come to stay with a lasting impression The recipe remains a guarded secret for all you must know its voluminous amount of research and caliber served hot The Author has fused legend mythology the known the unknown and the lesser known with an applaud worthy element of mystery He has sketched the characters of the tale racing against time and has maintained a generous pace Bon AppétitThe mythological element in the book is placed in a very contemporary setting which runs parallel to the Vikramaditya eraThe tale runs a narration across an honour the legendary King Vikramaditya upholds interknitted with although debatable yet an indelible incident of mythology the Amritmanthan The tale opens with an intriguing narration and holds the reader to a cliff hanger until the end The Guardian of Halahala is themed on an unexpected plot It’s a tale of courage wisdom passion kingship deceit defeat greed and victory The Vikramaditya trilogy sets off with a tale from mythology and historyReview Epic narrates that Lord Shiva the supreme god had swallowed the deadly all destructive poison The Halahala that was thrown out during the churning of the White Lake Halahala holds the capacity to annihilate the evil and the good the Devas and the Asuras to nilBut what remained untold and unknown was that a diminutive portion of the Halahala was stolen by a conniving asura and was hidden in a dagger What unfurls in this tale of strength and courage is the war to poses the poison coz the one who owns the lethal poison could destroy his enemy Overpowered by greed and thirst for power the Devas and Asuras have embarked upon a fierce battle Lord Shiva had acuired the poison and had guarded it for a time unknown now it was time to bestow the guardianship of the Halahala upon a protector safekeeper the king of his words the guard of honour King Vikramaditya and his council of nine priceless courtmen Duty bound to battle the Devas and Asuras the King and his council aboard a journey to exploit their intellect and strength to guard the poisonFrom the plots of the forces of Indra and Shukracharya only mankind can contest the mystic powers to save the universeShatrujeet Nath has created a very compelling and intriguing character sketch of Lord Shiva every arch in the narration brings him to life However to me the portrayal of King Vikramaditya was the awe worthy his might his intellect the courage the wisdom is very richly narrated The language is affluent and the book speaks to the readers There was no moment when the tale missed a beatWhat I loved The entire novel is a fast pace thriller read Although there are multiple characters and depiction each one stands distinct of the other A perfectly crafted hard hitting intense tale that takes readers to a time undiscovered Shatrujeet Nath commendably blends reality and fiction into one compelling tale maintaining steady and unexpected twist in the plotWhat could have been better There isn’t anything essentially a put off in the book But I believe there was a tiny scope where the Author could have spiced up the political angle of the tale However with the lasting effect that the book has created this bit can be ignoredAll in All The story is interknitted with action brilliant storytelling and insightful of mythological and legendary elements that get under your skin and challenges the way you perceive history as only few of the talented authors can This was the book 1 of the Vikramaditya Triologylooking forward to the the book two in the seriesRead full review at


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