The Revenge of Kaivalya
Title: The Revenge of Kaivalya
Author: Sumana Khan
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Number of Pages: 385
Price [INR] : 350
In the lush forests of Sakleshpura, a tribal man dies under mysterious circumstances, his body branded with words in an ancient Kannada script and only the eerie silhouette of a young woman to be seen.
Nearby, in modern-day Bangalore’s concrete jungle, Neel, young, handsome and till now carefree, uneasily wonders if his friends on the party circuit are playing a prank on him, his penthouse reeks of charred flesh and he thought he saw a young woman out of the corner of his eye.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the Sakleshpura forest reserve, newly-married Shivaranjini experiences a devastating seizure, emerging with a terrifying new personality.
What are the mysterious forces at work here and how are all these things related? How does an audacious kidnapping investigated by a svelte police officer fit in? Is it a case of paranormal activity, as believed by the beautiful Tara or something much less sinister? Neel and his friends are caught up in the vortex of these seemingly unrelated events, until the day they unravel the truth and discover the revenge of Kaivalya.
Thrillers excite me and paranormal stories always result in that adrenaline rush, of course from fear! And a combination of these in a book is sure to give a double blast! With great excitement and interest I started reading The Revenge of Kaivalya. Right from the first chapter, the book caught my attention and imagination.
As mentioned above in the blurb of the book, there are multiple plots in the storyline, but they all have a common link and converge at Kaivalya. Kaivalya has nurtured hatred and rage for centuries for the injustice done to her, to return in a terrible form with a power that even Shiva Himself would not be able to confront her. So, Kencha, Neel, Shivranjini and Paramesha bear the brunt of her revenge. Who is Kaivalya and why she wanted to take revenge after years, well, my lips are sealed and you need to read the book to know that!
The Revenge of Kaivalya is not a perplexing whodunit rather it is like a jigsaw puzzle where various different pieces are brought together so that they all fit well and snugly as the story progresses. There’s not a dull moment in the 384 paged book and you keep flipping through the pages, one after the other and putting it down is simply difficult.
What I liked about the book is the vividness with which the scenes came live in front of my eyes. The characterization is exceptional and all the characters are well developed and there are quite a lot of them in the book. The language is impeccable and flows smoothly. The narrative style is pretty evocative, though I feel that at times it was a bit more wordy and certain parts were superfluous. The suspense and chills are palpable and that’s simply commendable in a thriller.
The climax was a bit of let-down. I wish the concepts / aspects/experiments from Parapsychology were used since Tara had ‘done her research in Parapsychology at UK and travelled to the remotest corners of the world, investigating paranormal phenomenon’. Love at first sight for 2 couples is a bit dramatic but I am not complaining about that!
The Revenge of Kaivalya is highly recommended for its fast paced narrative and a story that will thrill and chill you.
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May 25, 2014 12:15 am|
Oh, that sounds really intriguing! Thank you for the review!
May 25, 2014 5:45 pm|
Oh yes, it is one hell of an unputdownable book! 🙂
May 25, 2014 1:23 am|
I actually have an e-copy of this book. But as I have yet to finish, I was a little hesitant to read your review, because I did not want my thoughts to be influenced. Now I want to bump this book WAY up on my TBR list, so I can read it sooner!
May 25, 2014 5:46 pm|
Wow! That is so awesome. I am really looking forward to your review, LuAnn for this book 🙂 Do share it as soon as possible 🙂
May 25, 2014 5:18 am|
I love thrillers too but spooky stories scare me 🙂
May 25, 2014 5:47 pm|
Try this one… am sure you will enjoy the experience 🙂
May 25, 2014 11:09 am|
I read Gauri’s review of this book and am struck by how effortlessly the author has captured both of your imaginations. What a writer she must be! Interesting that you two mention the let-down in the climax. But that doesn’t seem to have taken away from the beauty of the book. Wonderful, Shilpa.
May 25, 2014 5:50 pm|
I remember, one night, my eyes were watering from fatigue and sleep and I still couldn’t pull myself away from the book! Yes, the climax was not what I had expected! But still it is a must read book. I liked it a lot 🙂
May 25, 2014 3:14 pm|
Well you’ve ignited the curiosity of the readers like me… and this genre is my favorite too, hope to enjoy it during summer vacation…:)
May 25, 2014 5:50 pm|
Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did, Sheela 🙂
May 25, 2014 5:26 pm|
Your review makes the book look so intriguing, Shilpa 🙂 I am really impressed by your speed at reading and writing these reviews. I am a slow reader myself, and have been keeping away from fiction lately. But I guess thrillers like these can compel one to read it all in one go 🙂
May 25, 2014 5:53 pm|
True, there are some books that wouldn’t let you rest till you devour them completely and The Revenge of Kaivalya is one such book. Hope you get to read this in between your non-fiction books, Beloo 🙂
May 28, 2014 3:36 am|
Thank you for such a glowing review Shilpa! Delighted that you enjoyed the book so much 🙂
May 28, 2014 10:51 am|
Hi Sumana! Thanks for sharing such an engrossing book with us. Enjoyed reading TROK, completely! Looking forward to read more from you! Cheers 🙂
May 30, 2014 1:25 pm|
shilpa, are u eating, sleeping, etc etc? that was on a lighter note.. hehehe…
but great review…..ur style of doing a review are great, and has that distinct mark of Shilpa written all over it!