Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Embers of Light and The Sacred Secret





Name of the Book: Embers of Light and The Sacred Secret
Author: Abhi

Blurb

They could have heaven but they did not take it. 

The demons were against them and so were angels but that did not scare them. 

Destiny had already ruled against them but they chose to rebel. 

It is the story of five ordinary humans who chose the path of light over and above everything else... even God

A strange Y shaped symbol in the sky, terrified a mysterious alien race living secretly on this planet for centuries, and changed forever the fate of five humans; a Brazilian street fighter, an American cop, a Chinese karate instructor, a Russian environmentalist, and an Indian ad maker. Meanwhile a geek in NYC is amazed to see his dreams growing more and more bizarre each day and met an angel who isn’t conventional in any way. It is best when some secrets remain hidden and some stories remain untold. But is destiny too kind to respect this fact?
Review

Complicated and a damn interesting one. :)

The story starts at a different note and just as I was getting comfortable with Aarav, I come to realize that he is just a part  of the picture. Picture toh abhi baki hai dosto :)(Pun not intended !!)

Embers of light is a story of five humans who are destined to fight against Evil. They have been distributed across the world, each living an ordinary life, till they are not bought together, under false pretences by the Vaashis. In this century they are Ricky, Augusto, Jiang, Elena and Jai. They don’t know they are the chosen ones to destroy the evils the Vaashi’s are fearing and expecting to face any day. 

Now who or what are the Vaashis? They are a cross between Geloangels and Humans. (Not Bad !) They could have gone back to their realm, but they had decided to stay on Earth, for they were bound by honor to protect a secret for the betterment of humans. The Vaashi kings were direct descendents of the Geloangel who had come to the earth and had fallen in love with a Human girl. (How cute).

The Vaashi kings were bestowed by a boon to have only one son. But, this was broken with the birth of the twins to the last Vaashi King. Both the Princes were totally different from each other. One was born angry and other with a smile. Zeeyan and Saurya respectively. The Dark one and the Prince of Hearts.
As with all good and evil stories, this a clash between the two brothers and sadly it is Saurya who loses his life. But ....

He is born again as...... (You really expected me to tell you that? :))

How are the five chosen ones related to this? How can they win over the evil Zeeyan whose Reevan powers are too dangerous for any human to face? Well, these are the questions that make this story so damn interesting.

What I liked

The way Abhi has handled each character. There are many characters and the sudden introduction of all the characters is a bit daunting for a reader, especially with some uncommon names. But to give the writer his due credit, I can honestly say that they were all needed. If you like the influx of characters by J.K Rowling, you won’t have complaints with this one too. 

The story crisscrosses between the past and the future, interwoven intrinsically. A job well done indeed. 

I almost forgot to mention. The characters come across from all over the world and each character’s character traits are very well done. Whether a policeman from China or an environmentalist from Russia… they all have been well defined and given their strange quirks or strengths according to their culture and need of the hour. 

Rating

Reasoning

I could'nt understand why the twins were born :P. It was boon, rite? So, to break a boon you need to have a damn good reason. 

Other than that as a reader, I really loved this one. 

Would I recommend it? Definitely. For those who love Harry Potter or The Lightening thief, this book is definitely for you. And you have some monsters to slay too in this pre-sequel to many more to come. :)

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About the Author

Abhishek Gupta did his graduation from Delhi College of Engineering and post graduation, in management, from IMI Delhi. He specializes in branding, qualitative market research and had a small stint with advertising. Also he had freelanced for Random Magazine, the first humor magazine of India. He is an idealist who loves creativity and enjoys laughing. 


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6 comments:

  1. Indian writing is coming of Age. Don't know if I'll be able to read the book, but
    thanks to your review, I am proud that Indians are setting foot into realms so far imagined only by westerners.

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    1. You will love this book Neelesh. He is really damn imaginative.

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  2. Wow..I have Abhi's book but haven't got around to reading it yet..Will start in a day or two..Your review has made me very excited about reading it.. :)

    -Njkinny @ Njkinny's World of Books

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    1. Let me know what you think of this book Nikita

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  3. Looks interesting..and worth a pick..

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    1. It definately is Manjulika :) Thanks for dropping in :)

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