“I think that we need mythology. We need a bedrock of story and legend in order to live our lives coherently.” – Allan Moore
The story dates back to the middle of the ninth century when the world was in the grip of Kali Yuga, a scion of the Ikshvaku dynasty took birth, who would later be tested by time. Right from being deemed as ‘sullied’ and being out-casted by his own villagers because of some conspiracies to meeting good people of the kingdom of Rudraputra and making friends, there was a kaleidoscopic shift, albeit a harsh one, in the life of the protagonist, Eklavya. There comes the point when he hit a low period in life and no longer cares whether or not there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Did he thrive regardless of adversities or did he succumb to the darkness within and outside?
God of the sullied is the first book in which Eklavya is the protagonist. We all know about Eklavya, the boy who severed his right hand thumb and gave it to Dronacharya as his Gurudakshina. Apart from this, we hardly know anything about him. In this book, author Gaurav Sharma has reimagined and executed everything with ease.
Reimagining and writing about a mythological character is very difficult. But I was quite amazed while reading this book. The sheer ease with which the author has reimagined everything is undoubtedly praiseworthy.
The story is gripping and as the story proceeds the it becomes more intriguing. There are loads and loads of twists and turns in the story and it helps you hook to the book from the beginning to the ending. The pace is great. Use of easy and lucid language makes it much more enjoyable to read. The narration is also good. Editing of the book needs a special mention. It’s absolutely perfect.
Thankyou so much @authorgauravsharma for the review copy.
Rating and Recommendation:
4/5. It’s a must read for mythological- fantasy lovers. Others can try it as well. It’s definitely something different.