Harappa – Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai (Book Review)

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  • 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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