The Rise of Sivagami (Baahubali: Before the Beginning #1) by Anand Neelakantan

GENRES– Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Rate- 4 Stars

Type- Standalone, Prequel

 

My Review-

Sivagami’s father, the loyal bhoomipathi of Mahishmathi was executed as being traitor when she was five year old. Her father leaves behind a manuscript in secret for her. written in strange, old language. This is the only think she have now of her own to say when her foster family left her in the royal orphanage of Mahishmathi , she vows to kill its king and destroy the Mahishmati kingdom.

Kattappa, the slave., son of slave Malayappa to the current king of Mahishmathi. Kattappa is not smart but loyal to his princes and the kingdom. He must get back his brother’s senses , who thinks they have right to freedom. Kattappa must save his brother from trouble and from thoughts of freedom.

Bijjaladeva, oh! where are my manners… Prince Bijjaladeva (the spoiled) is few months behind to be twenty one year old, age to be free to do what he wants (as if he listen to anyone). He is bad, spoiled, evil, fool, good warrior, nut head.

There are many interesting character some are Mahadeva (Bahubali’s father), King Somadeva (father of Bijjaladeva and Mahadeva), Malayappa and Shivappa (father and brother of Kattappa)….

 

My Thoughts-

Watched the movie, loved it, became fan (who is not!), while waiting for the second part to be released, found this book and was shocked, yes i was more shocked than being excited. Anand Neelakantan, the author, wrote a book based on a block blaster movie. It cannot be coincident but a well planned to launch this book just a month and so before the release of the sequel of Bahubali. The author wrote this almost 500 pages book in 109 days, including plotting, planning, and drafting. When I couldn’t take longer of waiting to watch the second part,. I took this book. Sivagami is my favorite character, in movie she is that power. The book says story of a teen age girl, who is learning very step and starting to understand around her and as this is a book 1 of the prequel sequel, I will love to see the transformation of sivagami in book 2.

There were many question we fans have about the characters after watched the movie. and my only question was how sivagami was so powerful and humble. I expect the answer in this novel. and as the second book is promised I hope to get answer in that.  Few more questions popped up after reading, being a total opposite characters sivagami and Bijjaladeva, how they end up in marriage and why Devaraya was executed? why Thimma leaving sivagami in royal orphanage? what is the real reason of Kattaps’s ancestor of becoming slaves and the question never ends, maybe only after reading the book 2.

 

Recommendation-

Apart from sword fighting, cutting, killing, dead bodies…. this novel contains adult content (that’s what I call them). so would not recommend this to young readers / young fans of Bahubali movie. The story is in its own entertainment way, related to movie but in its own way. Advise to the reader to read it as a fresh start.

 

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About the Author-

Anand-Neelkantan-686x1024I was born in a quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was more famous for its hundred odd temples; the various classical artists it produced and its music school. I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of Chendas from the temples and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the school of music. Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin have, however, wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm. The village…..more

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