Mumbai, October 2010: Bollywood actress Sunita Ashoka will marry the man who wins her hand in Swayamvara Live, a reality show on television. Vikram Khandavani decides to participate, hoping to draw out his nemesis Ravindra. It's a deadly gamble, one that could cost him everything and everyone he loves.North India, 1175: King Prithviraj Chauhan is about to storm the swayamvMumbai, October 2010: Bollywood actress Sunita Ashoka will marry the man who wins her hand in Swayamvara Live, a reality show on television. Vikram Khandavani decides to participate, hoping to draw out his nemesis Ravindra. It's a deadly gamble, one that could cost him everything and everyone he loves.North India, 1175: King Prithviraj Chauhan is about to storm the swayamvara of the beautiful Sanyogita. But Ravindra is coming, riding at the side of a fierce invader. Only Vikram, in his life as Chand Bardai, stands between Ravindra and all the thrones of India.In the second book of the engrossing Return of Ravana series, the action swings from the floodlit studios of Mumbai to the glittering Rajput courts, while Vikram and his friends battle an age-old adversary whose power is growing like never before......
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The Ghost Bride Reviews
A nice sequel to the first book "Pyre of queens". The present day story takes off from where it ended in the first book while the historical action takes place during the times of Prithviraj Chauhan and involves his struggle with Jaichand of Kannauj and Mohammed Ghori. But there is a marked shift from the first book as the historical action takes a back seat and the present day struggles of the characters occupy a major part of the story. Also the similarities with the Ramayana begin to become clear in this book.One thing that is difficult to comprehend is the switch in the character of Vikram who transforms from a bespectacled, shy boy to a person who is capable of wooing the character of Sunita Ashoka, that too in just 6 months. But this thing does not hamper the story much.A new character is introduced in the form of Majid Khan who promises to play an important role in the coming books. A good read! I can scarcely wait to read the sequel.
The Return of Ravana by David HairBook 2 – The AdversariesDisclaimer – this book was sent as a review copy by the publishers.Followers of fantasy writer David Hair will already be aware of his ‘Return of Ravana’ timeslip trilogy, written for a young adult audience. This version of the second book (formerly known as ‘The Ghost Bride’) has been updated and revised for the UK re-release. This review contains spoilers for the first story in the series, The Pyre.Our heroes are the reincarnated souls of characters who have been reliving the same story for hundreds of years. The first book told how the Magician King Ravana sought to achieve godhood in a ghastly ritual which was thwarted by our heroes in the distant past. In an intertwining story, set in the present day, a group of teenagers are thrown together by fate and realise that they are linked by forces beyond their control, and have to fight for their lives as Ravana returns to claim what he believes is his.In the second book, the historical action moves several centuries ahead to the time of the warrior prince Prithviraj Chauhan and his loyal court poet Chand Bardai. As the action starts, Chand is aware of his past life, and of how he must prepare for the challenges ahead. The souls that we first met in ‘The Pyre’ re-appear, drawn together by fate and the machinations of Ravindra.Meanwhile, back in the future, having barely survived his defeat at the hands of our heroes, Ravindra plots his return and his revenge. A young Bollywood actress announces that she will give her hand in marriage to the winner of a new reality TV show, Swayamvara Live, where young men will compete for her favour. Vikram, the reincarnated soul of the poet warrior, steps forward and joins the competition, recognising in the young actress the soul of the woman who has been part of his many lives through the centuries.The stage is now set for a fast paced and enjoyable tale of love, friendship, jealousy and revenge, spanning two time periods. Vikram must draw upon his past life skills and memories, and the strengths of his friends, to battle Ravindra and save them all.As with the first book, I found The Adversaries to be a good, gripping read which kept me engaged and interested. I would definitely recommend that readers acquaint themselves with The Pyre before reading The Adversaries, but readers who liked The Pyre would probably enjoy the sequel. This review was first posted at www.bloginbasket.com
This book is actually quite exciting to read. But I don't know how non-Indians (or ppl who r not familiar with Ramayana) would like it. The reason why I loved it is that the whole Ramayana is portrayed differently. And the past-present aspect is awesome. This is my view. Personally I am yet to read another book like this where the events are basically from Indian myths but are given a modern twist. I read the 1st book in the series at night and I couldn't sleep at night. I had to get up finish the book and then go to sleep. TO BE CONTINUED....
The constant time swap between the past and the present got a bit tiresome, and I found myself skipping the historical bits - mainly because the present-day story was more interesting. If the historical bits had been about half asd long I think it would have been atronger book. But certianly not a bad read at all.
I could ask myself why it took me so long to find this author, but that would be fruitless. And the point is, I've found him now. He has impinged so strongly on my reading-self that instead of my usual habit of reading books in a series over a long time (around all the other books I always want to read) I am getting the next one from the library immediately upon finishing the previous. This is the second in this series of very modern India / reincarnation / legends come to life action-packed teen drama. Ravana is gathering his forces (as it were) and Vikram must again rally to fight him. With Amanjit, who has been his close friend for many lifetimes, he must prevent Ravana from reclaiming his lost Queen Darya, who is now Amanjit’s fiancée Deepika. In the process Vikram becomes a contestant in a Bollywood star’s swayamvara, which is basically a ‘The Bachelor’ enlarged. I really like that a different previous life is explored in this book. We know, of course, that none of their previous lives have ended well (but nor has Ravana been triumphant in any of them), but it is nevertheless satisfying to journey these pasts with the heroes of the series. I'm loving the history and the characters.