Fantasy as a genre is quite appealing. It takes us into a world that’s concocted by the author, with magic and magical creatures etc. It’s a wonderful way to get away from reality almost completely. To take Indian mythology and kind of mix it with life and make it into a fantasy novel, I felt that that novel would be interesting. It was the main reason I wanted to read the book The Secret Mantra by Chaitra KR.
The book follows the adventure of Anthara, who finds herself in an adventure following the clues left by her grandmother. She was raised by her grandmother as well, and she’s well versed with many legends that have been taught to her. But as she embarks on that adventure with her husband Virat, unknown to the duo, someone else is following them, someone who can only be stopped by Anthara, the chosen one to rise against him and stop him from rising.
What is different from the usual fantasy genre is that the tale behind the novel is a familiar one, with events from the known tales of Indian mythology, like the churning of the ocean playing a part in the adventure. I liked that the author has kept the language very simple, maybe because it’s a joint effort between her and her son. There are places where it seems more mysterious, and places where the author brings in a touch of humor, like the avatar of Vishnu. I also liked the incorporation of Kannada in the story, but felt that the way it was done could have been different. Seeing the translation the way it is presented felt strange. I would suggest the book have tighter editing, which would make the simple language shine more, and also, if some parts were left out, the book could have been suitable for a child to read as well. Last but not least, I felt the cover art to be nice.
There is a sequel indicated, so I do look forward to that. As for this book, I feel it’s an engaging quick read, and a one-time read.
|Title: The Secret Mantra|
|Author: Chaitra KR||Genre: Fantasy Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9789352013616||Publisher: Leadstart Corp|
(© 10th June 2016)