- Genre: History, Mythology, Fantasy
- Publisher: VB Performance LLP
- Release Date: June 9th, 2017
- Pages: 316
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
Harappa follows the story of Vidyut Shastri who is a young man living in New Delhi. He is summoned to Kashi where he learns about the curse given to Harappa by his ancestor. Vidyut’s life is in danger. The book then takes us to 1700 BCE where we read the story of Vivasan Shastri and how he was betrayed by his own city.
The book is interesting and mysterious right from the start. The chapters are short that each end on an exciting and suspenseful note. The way the author describes the city of Varanasi is beautiful. It made me want to leave the book and visit the city right then.
The book is told in third person from multiple perspectives. It mainly shifts from present day to 1700 bce. The story of what happened thousands of years ago was being narrated and the suspense kept on getting more intense. There were many surprising and thrilling moments in the book that kept me on my toes. The plot kept on getting complex. The story was powerful and done very well.
The writing of this book was flawless. It was simple and fluid- perfect for a book like this. The use of Hindi words added to the charm of the book. Their meanings were written right beside them and it didn’t feel hindering at all.
I haven’t read many Indian mythological/fantasy books but this is the best one yet. All the mythological information didn’t get boring at all and I actually loved learning more. There was the need to know what will happen next all the time. The book is action packed and there is not one dull moment.
What I didn’t like about this book was Damini and Vidyut’s conversations where they use “yaa” a lot. It was annoying and not even realistic.
The ending was exciting with enough twists and surprises. I do think it could have been better but by the end I really wanted more.
I haven’t read many Indian mythological books but if the others are as good as this one then I can’t wait to read them.
This book is a great first book in a series. It has set the stone for an amazing sequel as well.
I absolutely loved reading this book. It kept me hooked every second that I was reading it. It was refreshing to read something like this. All the information and historical stuff was written in such a way that it did not get tiresome. This is the first good fantasy book I have read by an Indian author. I recommend this book to everyone.
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0 thoughts on “Harappa – Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai (Book Review)”
Sounds good 🙂
You should read it😁
yeah sure 🙂
I am yet to start it, but sounds good.
Waiting to know your thoughts 🙂
Looks like a really good book, but you forgot one part-
the cover >.<
Yes, the cover is beautiful 😍
Beautiful..? I was implying that it was badly designed..
Really? I honestly love it. The way Varanasi is displayed at the bottom and how colourful the whole cover is. 😁
Yea, you could say that. But imo, the two images don’t merge well and the skies are a major conflict- it looks too messy and last-minute. But that’s what I say.
Have you read the 39 Clues? I am re-reading them and enjoying them very much.
No but I always thought about reading ir 😊 If you’re reading them again, they must be good. I’ll check them out 🙂
I enjoy how they have taken real places, people, and historical events and weaved the fictional Cahill bloodline into those events. Thanks for replying.
They sound good. I’ll try to read them. You’re welcome 🙂
This sounds like a very interesting book! I’ve been wanting to read more #OwnVoices books by Indian and South Asian authors, so I will definitely check this out. Thanks for the review! ♥
Its a great book. I hope you get to it. You’re welcome 🙂