Karan Bhatia/Fiction Paranormal
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Krishna is a common man, leading a simple and content life with his wife, daughter and parents. A twisted accident leaves the family shattered and exposed to attacks from the netherworld. The attacks are the small, but integral pieces of the bigger picture.
As the family fights back and Krishna struggles to prove himself as the man of the house, the darkest chapters from his past re-open, unleashing a torrent of pain and desolation. Krishna decides to embark on a spiritual journey to save his family.
Does he succeed?
How does his journey affect the impending war?
Invoked is the first book of the Hymns of War series.
For a first time writer, this genre is a huge risk to take. But Karan Bhatia has successfully pulled it off. Krishna Ahuja lives a simple and contented life with his wife, daughter and parents, but after his father’s death and his mother’s subsequent depression, their lives overturn. Faced with attacks from the netherworld and the killings, Krishna decides to become a man and ward off those attacks by entering the world of black magic himself. Filled with endless medical terms and complex rituals, this book manages to keep you guessing.
Set in North India, Invoked is first in the series of ‘Hymns of War’, which speaks of the impending war between humans and otherworldly beings. The author has a lot of knowledge of both medical stuff and spiritual and paranormal stuff. The characters are well-crafted; Krishna has a simple exterior but when the situation warrants, he thinks nothing of sacrificing himself for the sake of his families happiness, Sudha is the one who stays strong in times of difficulty but crumbles when there is an attack against her daughter, Ma is the quiet but important piece in the story and it’s because of her mind being manipulated that the family is exposed to attacks from the other world, Papa, whose death shatters the family and is the start of all that comes after it.
Interspersed with reflections, memories from the past, parallel happenings in other people’s lives, Invoked makes a fine read. Can’t wait for the subsequent books in the series.
A/N: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.