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Book Review: Devourers from Suryaksh

She makes people dance around the fire …
… before she kills them in cold blood.

No one knows her true origin. Time readers can’t read this ruthless telekinetic, who snaps necks with a mere hand gesture.

Tej, once a simple villager, now a time traveler, is pulled into conflict as she attacks him in 3057 BC, hunting for his friend. Dead bodies of his loved ones pile up as she ravages through his village. Intending to seek justice Tej races against time itself to fight her: an entity so vile, even her own kind fear her. But can he do this alone?

Devourers from Suryaksh, Part two of the Time Travelers Series starts from where the first part ended. Rigu’s treachery has been discovered and he has been punished. Tej is making peace with the consequences of saving the world and everything seems to be settling down when another attack happens.

Tej’s deadly new nemesis, Nefe has turned up and she has telekinetic powers that Tej hasn’t even seen in anyone else. To destroy Nefe and her army, Tej must ally with Rigasur or the planet earth and the humans will all be taken over by Nefe.

About the story: Science fiction and mythology once again blended together to create an interesting book. The time travelling, telekinesis, possession and technological advances like AI and robotics together create quite an impact and it surely makes for a gripping read. The author, Varun Sayal has carried forward Tej & Rigu’s story and the transformation in their mutual relationship has been depicted well. Tej has been used as a pawn by Rigasur/ Rigu and the betrayal is yet fresh in his heart but Tej lets go of his personal issues and decides to work with Rigu for the greater good.

At times I felt that certain scenes were highly inspired from Dr. Who, the television series. If you have been watching the series, the resemblance will dampen the reading experience at times. But other than that, I would say that Devourers from Suryaksh will not disappoint you.

The ending has hinted towards another part and it should be interesting to read how the story of Rigu and Tej moves on.

My rating: 3.8/5

PS: I would like to thank the author for review copy of the book.

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Book Review: Demons of Time

Sci-fi plus time travelling equals an interesting tale. Mostly it’s true and in case of Demons of Time, you can say the formula almost delivers a hundred per cent result.

Varun Sayal has weaved a story where we have time demons, who are essentially time travelers gone bad, a young protagonist looking for revenge and a guru who is running against time to stop a grand mishap.

The year is 3077BC and Tej and his mother have escaped the clutches of a time demon, Kumbh, with the help of a guru, Rigu and Kumbh is captued. Twenty years later, Tej is a married man with a 4-year old daughter. His mother has died a few years ago and he is leading a normal village life when Rigu comes to visit him and requests his help in recapturing Kumbh. And so, Tej undertakes a journey spanning more than 5 thousand years to fulfill what he believes is his destiny.

Coming to the writing, it’s good. I found the book quite interesting. Technological advancements and their pros & cons have been well woven with the concept of time travelling. Although, there are times when it’s unfathomable that a person in 3057BC can understand computers and virtual reality so easily. But other than that, most of the story flows well.

The characters do require some more time and development. Human emotions of love, betrayal, anger, etc. have not been portrayed very well. Maybe, we will see more facets of the main characters in the next part of the series.

My rating: 3.4/5

P.S. I would like to thank author Varun Sayal for review copy of this book.