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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Cursed & Cherished: The Duke’s Wilful Wife (Love’s Second Chance #2)

GENRES– Historical Fiction,  Clean Romance

Rate- 3 Stars

Type- Standalone

My Review-

“If you touch me, I will kill you!” she hissed, eyes burning with a hatred he had never seen before.

Hearing this from his new wife on the night of their marriage, Edmond Dunsworth did not know why his wife married him if she hate him so much.

Edmond Dunsworth, Duke of Cromwell, is like sunshine. Happy and smiling guy. He is bankrupt and need generous finance. Solution: a wife with sizable dowry. By suggestion, he must chose one from the daughters of a merchant. He does not hope love from this marriage, as he need no love.

Anna Hanford, a merchant’s younger daughter. She must make Duke of Cromwell to choose her in marriage for her sister, to protect her. But will she be able to accept a guy who will marry her for her dowry, he may have her dowry but not her love.

My Thoughts-

Anna is smart, she speaks her mind, have courage to challenge her father. Loves her family, gets married to stranger to protect her sister. All this qualities of her make the reader and Edmond Admire her, she is so right for him. Anna and Edmond’s conservation is so entertaining and funny. Anna challenge him all the time and Edmond accept it with smiling face or sometime get scared of her. I don’t want to be spoiler, go and read it.

Bree Wolf, author of this novel, wrote very well as you cannot think of what-will-happen-next. Till the end I was like I-did-not-see-that-coming. Main female character of Bree wolf are strong willed, like Rosabel from Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke’s Late Wife (Love’s Second Chance #1) click here for review of that novel.

Recommendation- Yes, I would recommend this to everyone, including teens and young adult. This is a clean romance, very much entertainment read.

About the Author-

Amazon bestselling author, Bree Wolf has always been a language enthusiast (though not a grammarian!) and is rarely found without a book in her hand or her fingers glued to a keyboard. Trying to find her way, she has taught English as a second language, traveled abroad and worked at a translation agency as well as a law firm in Ireland. She also spent loooong years obtaining a BA in English and Education and a MA in Specialized Translation while wishing she could simply be a writer. Although there is nothing simple…..to know more

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Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke’s Late Wife (Love’s Second Chance #1)

GENRES– Historical Fiction,  Clean Romance

Rate- 5 Stars

Type- Standalone

 

My Review-

Graham Astor, mourns over his death wife, whom he loved dearly and can’t bare to live without. There is one thing he cannot run from, his daughter, who need a mother to love and a parent to guide. Graham must look for a wife (no), mother for this daughter.

Setting his jaw, Graham once more turned to the window. “I am not looking for a wife.”

“I see,” Edmond said, and there was something in his voice that made graham look at him. “Do you?” he asked.

Edmond nodded. “You’re not looking for a wife, but for a mother for Georgiana”

Rosabel wants not to be burden on her uncle, who took her in after her parents. She wishes to be a governess and live an independent life. Until a stranger ask for her hand in marriage and her uncle agrees instantly.

A shiver went down her back as his eyes met hers, and she averted her gaze without another thought as though afraid the cold in his eyes could turn her to stone.” There is something unsettling about him,” she whispered.

My Thought-

Had very much fun reading this historical romance, loved how Rosabel felt for Georgiana (Graham’s daughter), feeling of love and protecting her as her own daughter, for whom she can fight many war with her husband.

Graham is thick coconut head. His damaged heart is so in pieces that he closed all door for love from his daughter and wife. All claps and standing ovation goes to Rosabel for being strong and brave and for breaking cold walls between her husband and his family.

Recommendation- Yes, I would recommend this to everyone, including teens and young adult. This is a clean romance, very much entertainment read.

About the Author-

Amazon bestselling author, Bree Wolf has always been a language enthusiast (though not a grammarian!) and is rarely found without a book in her hand or her fingers glued to a keyboard. Trying to find her way, she has taught English as a second language, traveled abroad and worked at a translation agency as well as a law firm in Ireland. She also spent loooong years obtaining a BA in English and Education and a MA in Specialized Translation while wishing she could simply be a writer. Although there is nothing simple about being a writer, her…goodreads.com

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ASHOKA – Lion of Maurya (Ashoka, #1) by Ashok K. Banker

My Review-

Growing up hearing about Emperor’s of India it did not took me a second to add this book to ‘want to read’ list and cover is very much attractive and mesmerized.

This is not a history book but its a historical fiction. I loved that it is based on true historians, and did not bored me with all the date and details and facts. I found myself in magnetic chain of reading, now I am in hangover of the mauryavansh world created by the author. Ashok k. banker is indeed a great story teller. He created a world where all women and men are more than gender. loved how he described chandikas, female military who can beat men face to face and can do more than that., Political minds and strategies. Ashok left me with many questions and incomplete thoughts.

One thing to Ashok K. Banker, “when will the second book of this series will be out?”

Story-

Yuvraj Ashoka is 2nd in line to Throne, he have no desire to be the next emperor of mauryavansh and when he accidentally overhears assassins plot to a threat his family, family of 100 queen mothers and siblings, he get into ground to stop them with help of chandikas. Chandikas, military of females instituted by samrat Chandragupta Maurya himself. while solving each puzzle, he finds out the threat lies within his own family. with advise of his guru Kautilya, the ex prime minister and the great mind Chanakya, he has to stop the assassins and also save himself from get killed……

About The Author-

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Ashok is an internationally acclaimed author of mixed-race and mixed-cultural parentage based in Mumbai, India. His Epic India Library is a lifetime writing plan that aims to retell ALL the major myths, legends and itihasa of the Indian sub-continent in an interlinked cycle of over 70 volumes. This includes the Ramayana Series, Krishna Coriolis, the Mahabharata Series, the contemporary thriller Blood Red Sari and other works. His books have sold over 1.4 million copies in 12 languages and 57 countries worldwide….goodreads.com

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