With Bahubali still running in theaters and the awesomeness of the movie and characters still fresh in my memory, when I walked into Starmark to find a book on Sivagami, I was Uber thrilled! If you are the kind that did not watch Game of Thrones till they aired season 5 then took a week off to watch all the seasons at one go, you’d know the feeling of bliss! No? Ok that was just me. Anyway, I picked the first copy, rushed home and drank it in completely and by the morning I was done with the book.
The Rise of Sivagami (book1) by Anand Neelakantan.
Series : Bahubali.
Genre : Historical Fiction.
Published by Westland publication ltd.
Pages : 475.
Format : Hardcover.
Price : 299.
Buy on : Amazon.
Blessed by the sacred Gauriparvat, Mahishmathi is an empire of abundance. The powerful kingdom is flourishing under its king, who enjoys the support and loyalty of his subjects, down to his lowly slaves. But is everything really as it appears, or is the empire hiding its own dirty secret?
Orphaned at a young age and wrenched away from her foster family, Sivagami is waiting for the day she can avenge the death of her beloved father, cruelly branded a traitor. Her enemy? None other than the king of Mahishmathi. With unflinching belief in her father’s innocence, the fiery young orphan is driven to clear his name and destroy the empire of Mahishmathi against all odds. All with the help of a manuscript left behind by her father. How far can she go in her audacious journey?
What was wonderful about it? Almost all of it!!
I mean, come on! Sivagami’s character is just awesome, though easily manipulated, she is pretty wow. Ramya Krishnan brought the character to life beautifully in the movie. And when turning the pages, it was hard not to imagine a younger version of her as the character.
It is very rare for a book to be based off a powerful character adapted from celluloid. The book is more like a prequel. Set in the vast kingdom of mahishmathi, It’s about Sivagami. Orphaned at an young age, it’s about her journey, to understand and avenge her father, to bring the kingdom that killed him to dust.
The book has multiple plot to keep you going but the huge number of character can be quite confusing. The first few chapters dragged a little. The book has borrowed a few characters from Game of Thrones (here and there you can’t miss it). But even the movies had borrowed a lot from Hollywood. So meh..
But once you are past all that. The book is very engaging. You can’t help but get engrossed in it.
A delicious mixture of honour, love, mystery, revenge, power, corruption, relationships and politics, this book is a great start in establishing a backstory for one of the most powerful female characters in the movie and a little into history of the mighty Mahishmathi.
The book starts slow but soon pulls you along like a whirlpool, bringing it to a shattering and unfinished end.. Leaving you asking for more..
If you liked the movie, you will definitely love the book. I can’t wait for the next book!!
Pssst, have you read any other books by the author? If yes, suggest me a few. Thanks in advance!!