August has been kind to me till now, and I received another brilliant book to review recently, Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch by Anuja Chandramouli. I’ve been introduced to Anuja Chandramouli via Shakti which is another good read. But with Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch, Chandramouli has now established herself as the top mytho-fiction writer for me. Though I was mentally smacking myself for not reading Yama’s Lieutenant previously, a friend was kind enough to share the previous plot with me.
Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch revolves around Yama’s trusted Lieutenant Agni Prakash, who has been ordered to eradicate Nayima. In the prequel, we can read about Yama fighting with Necromancer Naganara. During all this chaos, his heart still pines for his sister Varu, who has now left Agni with her most prized possession, her thoughts in a notebook which guides Agni Prakash during darkest of times.
Now Agni Prakash has been asked to track and fight with a stone witch called Nayima who wants to destroy the world and make a new world for herself. She is using humans and demons to get her work done. On the other hand, Agni needs to find Samayakalas who are the keepers of time and who can reset the clock before Nayima destroys their world. The only problem; Nobody knows who are Samayakalas and finding them is a forbidden task for mortals and immortals alike.
Helping Yama’s Lieutenant are his friends Kritya, Minothi and Dharami. But will all these people be enough to stop the stone witch from achieving what she desires the most?
When I started reading the Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch, I was a bit dazed because I haven’t read the prequel. After 50 pages, I took a break and called my friend from whom I took a brief on the first part. That call really helped me out and made this book damn interesting and engaging for me. The detailed description of Nayima’s past, Agni Prakash’s pain spells, the stone witch’s evil intentions were really intriguing and kept me hooked to this book till the end.
Another striking thing that I liked about the book was reading about Tale of Yama and his personal life including the thousands hell. It was something new for me, something I haven’t read before from any other author and acted like a plus point for Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch.
The language of the Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch was a bit tricky to decipher because I am not used to that kind of high end language. Honestly, it may turn off a reader’s mind in the beginning itself regarding the plot and essence of the book. Also, do not expect to just skim through the book, you won’t be able to interpret or understand. In simple lines, Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Wich requires patience and understanding majorly.
I think apart from this, I absolutely loved the book. It had delicious twists, brilliant storyline and something new for my curious mind. So make sure you grab a copy if you’re looking for some brilliant mytho-fiction this month.