The Revenge of Kaivalya ~ Book Review

The Revenge of Kaivalya by Sumana Khan

The Blurb

Deep within the womb-like forests of the Western Ghats, an entity manifests itself at the malevolent moment when the ocean rises to devour hundreds of thousands. Kencha, an unwitting witness to Its birth, is soon found dead – his body branded with a strange message written in HaLegannada, an ancient version of modern Kannada. Even as Dhruv Kaveriappa, Chief Conservator of Forests – Hassan division investigates Kencha’s death, he senses an unseen danger in the forests of Kukke, Bisle and Sakleshpura. Animals drop dead; plants wither away and just as he feared, the forest claims its first victim. Shivaranjini, on vacation in Sakleshpura, suffers a devastating tonic-clonic seizure moments after she returns from a visit to the forest. Soon, she begins to exhibit a bizarre personality disorder. Perhaps there is an outbreak of an unknown rabies-like disease? Or, as ridiculous as it seems, could it be a case of tantric witchcraft? 

The truth unfolds in a dizzying maelstrom of events – a truth far too terrifying to comprehend

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Meet the Author

 

The Author’s Thoughts

In the early stages of my manuscript, I knew the title of my novel had to be the name of the principal character. And it could not be just any name. It had to fit into the storyline – from a time perspective, as well as setting the atmosphere. It had to sound ancient and also define the character. Tall order!

As I read up on the history of Vijayanagara, I hoped to come across a good, strong name…but history, largely, is about men and their wars and conquests. I hoped to select a name from our puranas. But nothing clicked. What about our stotras? Maybe the lalitha sahasranama? Or ashtalakshmi stotra? One evening I sat mulling on ‘Kausalya’…thanks to the most famous line ‘Kausalya supraja Rama purva sandhya pravarthathe’ from the Suprabhata 🙂 I went to bed with that line in my head.
The next morning, somehow, ‘Kausalya’ had transformed to ‘Kaivalya’. I did not remember coming across the name in any of my previous research. Curious, I looked up what ‘Kaivalya’ stood for. And was fascinated.   Read More ……..

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My Thoughts

The Revenge of Kaivalya, probably another attempt my another author to write a paranormal thriller, probably not worth it – were my initial thoughts even as I prepared myself to begin reading the book. The whole South Indian setting appealed to me and that is the primary reason I volunteered to do a review.

The narrative is simple and clear, the story progresses steadily and keeps an optimum pace not at all boring the reader, the story is completely engrossing and would want you to keep reading and finish the story quickly, yet you would not want the book to be over so soon.

If I had not read this book, I would not have ever understood how through good story telling you get spooked as if you were watching a movie on a big screen.. probably this book would scare you more because you are left at will to imagine the faces of the characters and you will realize that it is possible to get chills down your spine even without the sound effects.

The main characters are all female and the men play the supporting roles to perfection.The author describes the characters so vividly that they remain with you even after you finish reading the book. The story telling is mpressive and the fear is just there..from the first page till the end… commendable work from a first time author Sumana Khan.

The Revenge of Kaivalya is one book that I would most definitely recommend to those who like paranormal stories and also to those who don’t, who knows, maybe this book will change your outlook!

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Writing to me is therapy, it frightens and comforts at the same time. Liberates like nothing else. A book in my own name is a dream, but a bigger dream would be to write something that haunts the reader even after the last page is turned and the book is shut. I enjoy reading and music, spending time with family whilst battling my social awkwardness.

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