An unexpected twist........
5 December, 2013
Age of Hiblisk is an epic fantasy that is meticulously written by debut author Sumukh Naik. First of all, I have to confess that after reading the initial pages of the novel I was like, “Oh God! How am I going to finish reading this book?” Another thing that was bugging me was my internal exams which were almost nearing (I am doing my master’s degree). Usually, when I read other genres of books, I won’t count the number of pages and try to finish it within a day or two. But this book was an absolute exception mainly because I have not read that many epic novels and also I’d rather watch a movie based on this kind of genre than read the book. But I should say after taking an effort to read the book page to page, I found the author’s research in writing to be very brilliant and amazing (more praise to come).
When I began reading the novel, I was woefully left to guess what was happening in the world of Pantolis. To be honest, everything in the book seemed to be far from real. I didn’t really want to know what is going to happen at the end of the novel as I already thought I knew the answer. Finally, the Good defeats the evil. This we find it all the stories and movies, right? Even though, I came to my own conclusion about this novel, I did not want to quit reading. So I flipped through some of the pages and was totally drawn to the story fully afterwards. In one particular page, we meet the kikokers and how their land Hiblisk was corrupted by the reptile like creatures. Those flashbacks and the story narration about other places and living beings were nicely told. And yet, as I did not know how Prince William and Prince Sara got their powers, I once again turned to look at the pages which I skipped before from reading. At this point, my expectations which was previously a downhill grew higher and higher. The story plot could have been made even better if the author had given us a strong reason behind why Princess Sara took such a bold decision to leave her father (King Aaron) and go on a secret mission with absolute strangers to the place she did not know(the underworld). It was kind of lame. I felt like the story was hurried. Other than this, I enjoyed so much reading the novel.
I was thrilled to find out what made Dusht (Son of Ratra-negative force) to act the way he did and I must admit that I did not really expect the sudden change in events. This was really, really a great twist. I believe whoever has read this novel would have been utterly shocked to learn this truth. For a moment, I closed the book and started thinking deeply about the 11th master (Positive force). This novel does not end. As the author has clearly stated in the last page of the novel, “the story has just began”. Compared to the first half of the novel, I liked the latter half of the novel due to the interesting turn of events.
On the whole, I must say the author has succeeded in tricking me into reading this thought-provoking, intelligently and also exceptionally written book. My personal likes goes to the glossary and the map. I request everyone whoever wants to read the novel should read the glossary first so that it does not bewilder you even a tiny bit.
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