Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Mudmen is the second book by author Shitij Sharma. It is a stark contrast from his first book The Girl From Rostov which is a thriller. The story begins when a man wipes out the whole world and creates a new one with a magical quill and creatures called mudmen are born. He hopes to create a better world but some things go wrong and the new creatures created are not what he expected.
The book starts with a man scribbling furiously on a piece of paper with a magical quill while outside his cottage, a great storm is brewing. In the beginning, I couldn’t see at all where the book was going but interesting events were happening. The story is not at all predictable.
The plot was brilliant. It is based on the fantasy of wiping out the existing chaotic world and creating a new better one. A better place to live in and better human beings. There was also the question of whether what the man did was good or not. The philosophical nature of the book on the creation of the world was fascinating and something new for me.
The writing of this book was much better than the author’s first book. It enhanced the book instead of getting in the way. It was very fluid and I could easily get through the book.
The book is short but didn’t feel rushed at all. The pace was perfect and kept me interested throughout. The plot is the best part of the book and the author did a great job with it. I really enjoyed how the story played out. The concept of this book has the potential to become something huge and I’m really interested to see what the author does with it.
The book felt like a fusion of a fairy tale with High Fantasy. It is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a while. The story gets even more interesting with the addition of new characters. The book ends on a cliffhanger. This is the first book in a to-be trilogy so it does leave some loose ends.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is one of those books that may appeal to readers of all genres and I especially recommend it if you’re looking to read something in one sitting.