Mythology is a genre that I love a lot. The stories of gods and demons, triumph of good over evil, they are something that I’ve been given a steady diet of from childhood. They are what I fondly discuss with my grandparents even these days. When a series, or a trilogy as is so common these days, is based on one of those well known plots/characters, it raises expectations, the first one being “Will it be able to recreate the magic in some way?”
It is Krishna who is the focus of this trilogy, so the title of the book, The Curse of Brahma, already reeled me in (as did the cover design). What did a curse by the four headed Supreme God have to do in Krishna’s tale? The story begins elsewhere and ends with the birth of Krishna; which leaves me in two minds. Does the story work as part of the Krishna trilogy if it has very little of the character? Or does it work well to set up the second book of the series? The book’s focus is on what leads Kansa to go over to the side of evil.
The book, for the most part, is entertaining and engaging. The character of Amartya Kalyanesu is what makes it so. It is his story, what made him become The Dark Lord, the most feared one, the embodiment of evil in the three worlds. That back story was quite wonderful to read. And yes, the first expectation of magic was mostly met as well. When there was magic, the story flowed quickly, and when it didn’t, it dragged. So it was a mix of good and evil. What I didn’t like was that towards the end, the narration took a bit of interest away, and it felt more like an unfortunate mix of mythology and science fiction, leaning more toward the latter.
The characters of this story are mostly known and beloved mythical characters, and I believe they retain the qualities from then. The journey of Amartya Kalyanesu from a Brahmarishi to the Dark Lord was interesting to read, as was the character of the noble prince Kansa.
The start to this trilogy has been promising, even if not the best of the best. I hope that the remaining two books are better than this one.
|Title: The Curse of Brahma||Series: Krishna Trilogy #1|
|Author(s): Jagmohan Bhanver||Genre: Mythology|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9788129135339||Publisher: Rupa Publications|
(© 30th October 2015)