The Rise Of Sivagami Review:
Yesterday I finished reading The Rise Of Sivagami by Anand Neelakanthan, which is the first book in the Bahubali: Before the Beginning series.
The rise of Sivagami is a prequel to the movie Bahubali. Anand Neelakantan has given his voice to the creation of S S Rajamouli. Author Neelakantan is known for his works like Asura where he talks about Ramayana from Ravana’s point of view and Ajaya where he talks about Mahabharatha from Kaurava point of view.
coming to this book The Rise Of Sivagami, the story goes like this..
Blessed by the sacred Gauriparvat, Mahishmathi is an empire of abundance. The powerful kingdom is flourishing under its king, who enjoys the support and loyalty of his subjects, down to his lowly slaves. But is everything really as it appears, or is the empire hiding its own dirty secret?
Orphaned at a young age and wrenched away from her foster family, Sivagami is waiting for the day she can avenge the death of her beloved father, cruelly branded a traitor. Her enemy? None other than the king of Mahishmathi. With unflinching belief in her father’s innocence, the fiery young orphan is driven to clear his name and destroy the empire of Mahishmathi against all odds. How far can she go in her audacious journey?
One of the important character Katappa seems monotonous on the pages. Sivagami the title character does not dominate the pages. Most of the subplots are underdeveloped. The author can be hardly held responsible for the rushed finishing and bad editing, has he had just 109 days to finish the book.
The interaction between the characters also falls flat has they fail to impress the reader. Many characters seems to be inspired from Game of Thrones. I found it very difficult to finish the book due to its multiple POV and half cooked sub plots and twists.
Neelakanthan’s previous charm is lacking here and its evident that the author has tried to put everything on a single scale which makes the story tip to one side. He tries to detail even a minor thing and this leaves the readers impatient . Multiple POV also proves a drawback for the book.
I believe if the author had not been given with a deadline of just 109 days he would have done better. I wouldn’t say its a bad read but won’t consider it a must read either.