Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu by Kevin Missal (Book Review)

Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu

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  • Genre: Mythology, Fantasy
  • Publisher: Kalamos Literary Services LLP
  • Release Date: October 14, 2017
  • Pages: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Rating: 5 stars

Kalki Hari, a simple village boy with extraordinary powers learns that he has a bigger purpose to serve in the universe. Lord Kali has taken over the province of Keekatpur. Kalki along with his brother Arjun, friend Bala and a mysterious man Kripa constantly fights for his family and his people. With betrayals, plots, and battles, Kalki by Kevin Missal gives us a captivating and complex plot.

I have read a few mythological fantasy books over the last two years. While I still haven’t read Amish Tripathi’s books, I know this book will stand out for me among the ones I have read.

The book starts very interestingly. Lord Kali uses his wits to win a war and takes over Keekatpur. In the village of Shambala, we meet a young man called Kalki Hari. The book drew me in right from the start.

The book is very action-packed. There was not a single dull moment and exciting things were happening one by one. The plot was not too predictable and there were many moments of surprises. There are multiple violent scenes as well and at first, they weren’t delivered properly since there was no building up to them. They felt very sudden and out of the blue. But they got much better later on in the book.

The writing of this book is excellent. The pace was just right- not too fast and not too slow. It was also quite funny to see the characters using modern dialogue in contrast to the setting of the plot.

There are many unique characters in the book and the plot shifts between their perspectives. It’s a very good combination of a hero, amazing side characters, and villains. Kalki was charming and brave. He was the typical hero- humble and brave with a responsibility that he didn’t ask for. An ordinary boy with extraordinary powers that I hope will be explored more in the upcoming sequel. I loved seeing his character build. He becomes more brave and intelligent as the book progresses and he has to deal with difficult situations. I liked his parts in the book a lot and wish there was more focus on him.

It was nice to read an Indian fantasy book which was not completely based on mythology. It was a brilliant balance of the two elements. The author mentions in the beginning that the characters of a book should be epic but I think plot-wise this series can be epic too. The only criticism I have is that the book could have been shorter and at times I couldn’t see at all where the plot was going. In the last few pages, there was one shock after another and the ending was brutal.

I can honestly say that this is the most enjoyable fantasy book I have read in a long time. With a beautiful cover, this book is a perfect mix of a captivating plot, characters that we care about and flawless writing. This book is also an amazing start to a series.

I absolutely loved Kalki and it is no doubt, one of the best books I have read this year. I can’t wait for the sequel and I’m very excited to see what the author has in store for us next.

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure with all the gore and fun of a good fantasy novel, then pick up this book.


Thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are honest and unbiased.

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