Sons of Darkness
by GOURAV MOHANTY
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Pub Date 15 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 24 Jun 2022
"Game of Thrones meets Mahabharata and Ramayan in India's first grimdark epic-fantasy book"
SOME BALLADS ARE INKED IN BLOOD.
Bled dry by violent confrontations with the Magadhan Empire, the Mathuran Republic simmers on the brink of oblivion. Krishna and Satyabhama have put their plans in motion within and beyond the Republic's blood-soaked borders to protect it from annihilation. But they will soon discover that neither gold nor alliances last forever.
They are however not alone in this game.
Mati, Pirate-Princess of Kalinga, has decided to mend her ways to be a good wife. But old habits die hard, especially when one habitually uses murder to settle old scores. Brooding but beautiful Karna hopes to bury his brutal past but finds that destiny is a miser when it comes to giving second chances. The crippled hero-turned-torturer Shakuni limps through the path of daggers that is politics only to find his foes multiply, leaving little time for vengeance.
Their lives are about to become very difficult for a cast of sinister queens, naive kings, pious assassins and ravenous priests are converging where the Son of Darkness is prophesied to rise, even as forgotten Gods prepare to play their hand.
A Note From the Publisher
Sons of Darkness takes the wonderful cast of the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata and tosses them in a nihilistic world to usher in India’s first epic-fantasy series with grimdark tones. We all drink from, unconsciously or not, the fountain of our creative inspirations when we write. This book sprang from the smorgasbord of A Song of Ice and Fire, Malazan and Wheel of Time. I’m not saying SONS OF DARKNESS will read like these works. But if geopolitical dramas across kingdoms layered with brutality, caste-conflicts, dry humor and twists (and a South Asian touch) is something you love, I hope you will find it reflected in the writing in SONS OF DARKNESS.
Disclaimer: To be frank, if you’re turned off by violence, you might like to pick up a different book for there are assassinations, arson, murder, battles, sacrifices, you name it. But! If you have ever been interested in Ramayana, Circe or even Naruto but always wished it were a lot more fucked up, you might enjoy this book.
After that bipolar invitation, if you are still prepared to dive head-first into a chasm of chivalry and cynicism, then all I ask you to do is- leave your helms behind.
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“Remarkable characterization and vivid worldbuilding bolster this riveting epic fantasy.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Sons of Darkness contains all the trappings of a high adventure. The saga is perfect for fans of George R R Martin." -MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“Vast and sweeping in scale, even while it is attentive to the minutia of its characters motivations and inner lives, Sons of Darkness is a fresh new, grimdark fantasy built on old bones and perfect for those who love their stories epic and their worlds unique!"- REEDSY
“The author’s vision, and the world he has created is breathtaking and fascinating. The Indian Fantasy Fiction genre finally comes of age with this book.” – ANAND NEELAKANTAN, bestselling author of Asura and The Bahubali Series
“Through humor, torture, gore, lust, magic, dangerous power games and bloodcurdling battles, Sons of Darkness takes us on an unforgettable wild journey set in re-imagined Vedic India.” – SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
“A wild, intriguing work of fantasy that will keep you glued from the beginning till the end.” – ONLINE BOOK CLUB
Average rating from 17 members
what an interesting mahabhrata inspired fantasy book. i was hooked till the end. the worldbuilding was spectacular and incredible though i was a lil bit unfamiliar with the said major sanskrit epic of ancient india. it was well written an engaging to read. would recommend it to a friend.
thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Game of Thrones meets Hindu mythology and it's done in the most perfect way.
The main characters are portraited in the most brilliant way. The side characters are also very good developed
Amazing book, gives ne tings new in the fantasy genre .
One off my best ready for sure.
It feels hyper refreshing as a read. A different take on fantasy which is far from the classic European-centric fantasy which is mostly based around medieval times.
As somebody who read the Mahabharata, I like how Gourav took this new sight on it, despite it can feel confusing at the start of the book, cause the names are really strange, and you basically know nothing about what is happening, but after the prologue, the pace improves greatly.
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