Book Review: The Divine Command, by Saranya Umakanthan

Good books happen in three, or so seems the trend these days. Authors tend to veer toward trilogies, some even go past it and make seven or eight in a series, which is well and good. After all, who knows how big a story the muse holds and wants to convey. For a trilogy to work, the first book has to be spot on, so it pushes the interest of the reader into the second book. Saranya Umakanthan brings the first part of The Comeback Warrior trilogy titled ‘The Divine Command’.

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Secrets on palm leaves guarded because the command to do so was from the Lord himself, and which if revealed can bring the elixir of life, or revival from the dead. The leader of the protectors is killed, and the enemy rises. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so the secrets of revival are used to try and bring back the leader from the dead. Does it happen? If it does, will he succeed or will the risen enemy vanquish him again?

When the genre is Fantasy or Mythology, the first expectation that I have is for the narration to be engaging and magical. Perhaps it is because the storyline happens in a non mythological word, the magic was missing, and the narration felt plain. The genre is also suggested as young adults, so perhaps the language would suit that. I couldn’t connect with the characters a lot, even with the character of the Comeback Warrior himself. Knowing what might happen, I could relate between the characters in the two eras, and realize who might be whom, and guess what twists might be ahead, which kind of took the fun out of the read. Even the ending was ultimately predictable.

It does have enough in it to keep the pages turning, I’ll be honest. But after reading, I don’t quite feel the book was to my liking. For a debut effort, it was a good read, and I might pick up the second book too when it comes.


A score of 5 out of 10
A score of 5 out of 10
Book Details
Title: The Divine Command Title: The Comeback Warrior Trilogy #1
Author(s): Saranya Umakanthan Genre: Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: B018G20AD0 Publisher: General Press

The author gave me a copy of the eBook for review. No other payment was taken. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© 27th February 2016)

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