Book Review: Aryavir – Guardians of Blue Lotus #1

Author: Anita Shirodkar

Genre: Mythological Fiction/Fantasy

No. of pages: 346

Publisher: The Write Place

Book Blurb:


Aryavir is not an ordinary prince. Heir to the throne of Kamalkund, Aryavir is a Kamal Akshi – blue-eyed and blessed by the Indivara, a divine Blue Lotus that protects his kingdom. And yet Aryavir harbours a terrible secret about his fate. His family, led by his father, King Chiraksh, is bound by its own web of intrigue and ancient promises.

The complexity of the family’s past and present allegiances and the secrets each family member hides are set against the fact that Kamalkund has to fight off covetuous kings from across the borders who will do anything to control the powers of the Lotus.

Meanwhile, as Aryavir, his faithful tiger Kar and friend Sitanshu fight their own battles, the kingdom is faced by clear and present danger. And the past unravels its mysteries unexpectedly.

This classic tale pays homage to India’s magnificent mythological heritage and, at its heart, is a story about the eternal human journey.

Stri’s Thoughts On The Book:

Mythological fantasy fiction is a genre, which intrigues me to read more than any other genre. That said, it is one of the difficult genres to write. Anita Shirodkar weaves magic with an easy yet multi-layered story that keeps the readers hooked. One of the main things I look for in a mythological fiction or any fiction for that matter is strong characterization. In this novel, each and every character is strong and unique. Each character has something to convey to the readers, just like characters of Mahabaratham or Ramayanam. Another important aspect that I loved about this book is that the language was simple throughout without heavy jargons, so it was quite a breezy read. The story flow was well organized and as one reads the novel, he/she might just feel like falling deep into the Kamalkund Kingdom and witness the story. The only issue I had with the book was editorial oversight here and there; otherwise, this was a perfect history/myth fiction.

Do I recommend this book?

If you like this genre, then yes!

Rating: 4/5

Read the author’s interview about this book and other literary things here.



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