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October 4, 2021

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Notion Press
Genre - Fantasy
Publishing year - 2021
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-63745-558-6
Pages - 408

The Path of Sukshmaloka by Nihar Bhonsule

Book Review - 

The Path of Sukshmaloka is the debut book of Nihar Bhonsule. This Indian fantasy fiction book depicts two different eras. One is where a prognostication has been declared; another is where it will fulfill after many ages. The story has an impression of Indian mythology Mahabharata and its secrets. 

Plot - The protagonist Prithvi Sen lives a life full of lies; he doesn't know his origin or the powers he holds. All he knows or believes is that he is a freak with a disease no one can cure. Throughout the book, he struggles to accept his true self. 

The second important character is Gopal. He spent many years on the street due to an accident that happened years ago. He lost his family, but he made new friends and relations on the road, also some dangerous enemies. 

Prithvi and Gopal have a prophecy to fulfill, but both indulge in the Earthly matters so much that they don't even notice the things that were happening in the world or, in Prithvi's case, in his mind. The story runs parallelly, and I would love to see Prithvi and Gopal face each other and apprehend the facts. 

The villain Sarpa is banished to a small island with his army, but he made some powerful connection on Earth who did his bidding and corrupt others. The Dharmayodha are the ones who know how to fight this evil, and their leader Harshwardhana shows them the path, but a tragedy happens, and they lose their leader in the hands of darkness. 

On the one hand, Sarpa's authority and control are growing; on the other hand, unexpected twists await Prithvi and Gopal that turned their lives 360 degrees. Will they fight malignant or succumb to corruption like others? 

Characters - I did have some issues with Prithvi's choice when it comes to Priti; to be honest, I was not too fond of Prithvi because of his thoughts towards her, especially when he is in a relationship with another girl. But as the story unfolds, I realize the true nature of it and made my peace. 

But the author didn't give proper space to female characters; they were like a tool to continue the story for a short period, nothing significant role they played, so forget about them being in a powerful position. Instead, the story is all about Dharmayodhas, and I'm getting the sense that they can only be men. 

Ravi's sister and nephew lost, and all he felt was guilt. There was no mention of him trying to find them or connect with his family. There are so many characters, and their acts scatter everywhere, which could have been much better. 

Language - Simple and easy to read.

Narration - Everything comes up together quite well in the end.

Editing - The story has many grammatical errors, not to mention a para that is duplicated.

Conclusion - The story is fast-paced and filled with engaging sequences.  I hope that Nihar Bhonsule works on the character's development and editing a little better in the future. However, the plot is intriguing and unique. I would love to read the second part, hoping we know more about Arjuna's Gandiva and the history of the Dharmayodhas. 

Recommend to - Indian fantasy readers. 

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