One of the Indian authors I discovered last year by pure chance was Varun Sayal, a new and upcoming sci-fi author whose ‘Time Crawlers’ was a breath of fresh air among piles of Romance books. In fact I decided he is the perfect match for my next author interview which will be posted soon. Now let’s get on to the review of his new book Demons of Time.
The plot revolves around an ancient and powerful beings called Time Demons who derive their power from the Trikaaldevi and who can jump to the past, present and future at will. We focus on two most evil forms of Time Demons called Khumb and his brother Vetri. They are chasing a mother son duo at the start who is rescued by a powerful guru Rigu. Twenty years later Rigu arrives at the sons house – Tej, whom he had rescued from the evil brothers and informs him of a terrible future foreseen by Time Readers five thousand years in the future. Only Tej can help them prevent this catastrophe. How and why was he chosen? What other secrets and dangers lurk behind this request? Find out in this next read of yours.
One of the things I dislike about Indian authors is their lack of command over the English language and understandably so as it isn’t our first language and conversations don’t sound as good nor does it come across as natural. Very few authors have been able to get past that barrier and Varun is one of them. He smoothly integrates ancient lore and makes it sound natural. I liked how he imbibed Hindu mythology and made an original story. The characters are good and the flow is uninterrupted. Yet what the book lacks is a sense of adventure or it misses an urgency of sort for a scenario that threatens mankind. The character Tej is not fleshed enough and is very one dimensional though the overall tone of the book matches the character development. The twist in the end was a bit predictable but that doesn’t take away from the book but adds to its strength. It’s definitely good for young adult but for mature audience there has to be more meat in it. But an author I definitely look forward to seeing more of.
Pros: language, settings, storyline
Cons: lack of suspense, characterisation
Bibliogyan Verdict: An enjoyable one time read