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Book Review: Shattered Dreams (Ramayana – The Game of Life #2), by Shubha Vilas

I had my reservations to move to the second part of this series, because the first book was not to my liking. But the genre of mythology and Indian mythology interests me, so I thought I’d dig in to the book anyways. The series continues from where Rise of the Sun Prince leaves it.

I’m not quite sure why, but in this book the emotions feel truer, and it helped me to understand a bit more about the Ramayana than I knew before. Sometimes, reading the book and then going to the notation, it felt like I was sitting in a session of a Ramayana class, but not as boring as it might seem. Each character seemed to me, more than what I’ve heard of and understood in the first part, or before from life. The details are lovely, and the explanations, apt.

I like that there are lesser footnotes in this part, which helped it to feel unlike a text book. But that part still irritates me actually. As a reader, I tend to go with the flow, and that the story leaves before the end of the page is not noticed at certain times. I feel it might have been good to have it at the end of the story.

Shattered Dreams is certainly an improvement on Rise of the Sun Prince. I might re-read the two back to back again, and perhaps then, the series might seem better than what it did on the first read.

The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
Book Details
Title: Shattered Dreams Series: Ramayana: The Game of Life #2
Author(s): Shubha Vilas Genre: Mythology
ISBN/ASIN: 9788184955316 Publisher: Jaico Publishers
No. of Pages: 404 Price: Rs. 350

Reviewed for the publisher, in exchange for a review copy. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.

(© 24th February 2015)



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