PRADYUMNA is a tale of fantasy and mythology mixed with a liberal doze of exploits, adventure, magic and the unfathomable power of Gods. When I picked this book, I was immediately engrossed in the action and drama unfolding. The pace was fast and the so was the action. The book moves back and forth from two different times and I was eager to know how Krishna’s son was going to claim his legacy.
The book is for mythology fans as it tells story from the point of view of another character not much heard of. I for one was not aware of Krishna’s son let alone sons. How the author has narrated his tale and linked it with the more popular stories that have been written to death is unique about the book. With this new action hero the author has managed to pique our interest into the lesser known but equally worthy heroes.
This is the second book by Usha Narayanan and the first that I have read. The book has excellent language, no errors and the extensive use of the traditional names and words of that time make the book a more interesting read. The book shines where language is concerned and the author’s way with words comes through the pages. The sad part is that while reading the book it starting feeling like a crash course in all the endless fighting and wars from our mythology. The author has added so much of detail and related stories about each and every character that it eventually made it a very heavy read for me. I do read mythology and am interested in it but I am not too crazy about it so maybe that’s why I found it a bit much.
Mahabharta and Ramayana and background stories on almost all major and lots of minor gods had me wondering at times about the links and connections to the present situation. All it felt like was Pradyumna was fighting or finding another wife or saving one from a demon! It really was the evil times and as I finished the book I realized the real terror and Kali Yuga was yet to come!
How much more evil can the world take? What more will Pradyumna have to face before he finds his destiny? The book manages to give all the answers in this book but the new ones have us looking forward for book 2. Pradyumna works on various levels; it is a book easy to read with the lovely flow of language. The characters jump out and shine. Whether it was his brother Samba or the many princesses or the evil demons, all have been brought to life by Usha.
The characters and personalities have been etched in detail each one different from the next, all this adding to the story and action of the book. I hope the second book concentrates more on the Pradyumna and less on the other gods. True, all action from the many Gods has an effect on his life and times but I was more into knowing his mind and story.
A delight to read with the elegant prose by Usha Narayanan; now I am off to pick her new release “Love, Lies and Layoffs”A new perspective and insight about our mythology and many unknown stories, all bought to life by Usha in this book. The ancients had their unique ways, life and wisdom all shine through the pages of Pradyumna.
(© I received a copy of the book from the author , this is my honest review.)
Pradyumna – Son of Krishna
‘I see a dark future that makes me quake,’ Devarishi Narada said. ‘One of these newborns will ravage the world and erase the name of Krishna from the face of the earth.’
As the world trembles on the threshold of Kali Yuga—4,32,000 years of unprecedented evil—it waits for a saviour to rise.
Meanwhile, in the dark netherland of the asuras, the meek Vama shudders as he learns that he is actually Pradyumna, the son of Krishna. And that his journey has just begun.
From the asura kingdom to Dwaraka and then Kurukshetra, destiny forces him to battle monsters, angry gods and blazing weapons, and overpower his own weaknesses. Will he be able to rise to the challenge in time to save the world? Or is he the destroyer prophesied by Narada?
Pradyumna is the gripping saga of the rise of this mighty, swashbuckling hero whom all of humanity awaits.