The Secrets of the Dark: A Book Review

Hi, Folks,

As I said in my previous book review, I have almost 50+ books to-be-read, and every single time I look at them, I want more than 24 hours per day. So much to read, so little time. Anyway, the book for review today is Arka Chakrabarti’s “The Secrets of the Dark”. I have always felt sad that there aren’t as many good mythological fictions made by our Indian contemporary authors in comparison to the west, but recently many of the authors are experimenting with this genre, and there are a few that don’t disappoint the readers. One such author is Arka, for the book is exceptionally good to read.

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Book Blurb: Is one born with his destiny or does he forge it?

In the mystical land of Gaya, two prophecies bind the fate of men and empires alike. The Destroyer born from the royal seed on the Land of the Setting Sun shall bring the empires down, or so has been foretold.

In between the Destroyer and the world stand the Seven Guardians of Gaya, guarding the realm of man. A king, a father, defies the Seven and fate itself to save the last drop of his blood and prince Agni grows in the Land of the Rising Sun, exiled from his own people, unaware of his past.

Losing the woman he loved most to the shadows in the dark, Agni is thrown into a whirlpool of events that he neither knows, nor understands. His quest for vengeance brings him to the doorstep of a secret that will shatter the very foundation of beliefs of a world.

Can Agni avert his destiny? Can he uncover the truth about the Seven and the prophecies, now hidden behind a veil of ignorance?

The secrets of the dark are sometimes so terrible that they are better left unsaid.

Plot: Agni, the protagonist is as clueless as we are. The story is mostly around his life, his ill-fate, and his misfortunes.  What starts of as a story of an orphan soon takes us in to the world of mythology, where things that beyond one’s expectations happen. When life seems to be perfect, Agni loses his love, his foster father, and his happiness. He sets forth on a quest to know about him and about the land of Gaya.


1. Mythology genre – nailed to the maximum! Amidst of random mythology books, this one stands out with its solid plot line and a clear narration.

2. The book keeps you hooked to know what’s next.

3. The narration and the mythological facts are simple, powerful, intriguing, and as it moves forward, they are mind-boggling.


1. At bits and pieces one can see heavy influence of Game of Thrones.

Bottom line: Finally, an intriguing mythological book series with splendid plot line and narration, slightly influenced by Game of Thrones.

Do I recommend? Yes, if you love to read mythology

Rating: 4/5

“This book review is a part of book tour by b00k r3vi3w.”


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