Book Review: Shadows of the Northlands by Vishwesh Desai

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Genre: Fantasy, Thriller
Book Name: Shadows of the Northlands
Author: Vishwesh Desai
Pages: 512
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Estrade Publishers

What is age for a talent! This book is written by a 15-year old guy, but let’s not get into that. It is a superb intriguing fantasy novel written by Vishwesh Desai and the foreword by Ashok K Banker sets your expectations just right.

Have you read fantasy books and felt that the extracts of these books are taken from Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, or Song of Ice and Fire? This book never lets you have that feeling.

This book Shadows of the Northlands has the underlying story of the struggle to save civilization with the mighty powers of Air, Water, Fire and Earth performed by the mages and the powerful talented others. Both the protagonist characters are perfect (mind it, there is no room for romance) – both headstrong and having the quality of leaders. The long tiring journey taking a toll on the fighters with no horizon (so-called bandits) in sight is what all of us struggle with when we are in wrong job!

Only if the pages could have been cut a little, to avoid overflowing of words, it would have deserved 10-on-10.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
This is the Empire. The greatest nation in the known world. And it is at war.

When the Crown Prince hears about cities and villages attacked and razed to the ground, the land blackened and left infertile, the already shackled military commands the maverick bounty-hunter Merin and the slick courtier mage Rikkard to find the root of the destruction.

However, as they tackle this mystery, they discover an ancient hatred spanning centuries, with a dark secret linked to Merin and the painful past behind the satirizing cavalier. A swashbuckling tale of suspenseful fantasy and horrifying mystery that is loaded with humor, The Shadows of Northlands will leave you riveted from cover to cover.

About the author:
Vishwesh Desai from Ahmedabad, is a 15-year-old with a fierce passion for reading and writing. The publication of his short stories in the Estrade magazine and the 2015 edition of the ‘I CAN’ book preceded the completion of his first novel, which also just happens to be the fourth one he started.

Vishwesh has been awarded with the ‘Rana Kapoor Young Talent Award 2016’ by Kumaon Literary Festival, Yes Bank and Yes Institute. He has spoken at several literature festivals all over the country. His creative streak extends to painting and sketching, and he has a few art exhibitions under his belt.

Twitter: @vishweshwrites

Rating: 9/10

I won a review copy from The Tales Pensieve as part of Reviewers Programme. Register on #TTP for lots of #book fun and activities.


About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

Posted on December 25, 2016, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Seems pretty interesting, i hope i can give this a try at 2017!


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