An emissary of an advanced alien race travels to the Earth to undertake responsibility of an experiment that has gone out of control. The outcome of this fateful experiment, which was conceived millions of years ago by her species, now rests in her hands. As she prepares to deliver her final judgment, she comes across three young men in a sacred forest who change her life forever.
These three men- a scientist, a hacker and an artist, happen to take refuge in that forest, trying to escape from the oddities of their own unfair lives. Struggling with their dreams and demons, they begin to explore the dark and paranormal behavior of the forest by forging a companionship. From the rare flora and fauna breathing alive on the ground to the deadly wide expanse of the whimsy black sky, everything they find is yet another puzzle unsolved.
Little did they know that four of them hold in their hands the future of mankind and much beyond imagination, they are connected through an ancient Prophecy that was long lost in the sands of time.
I have to admit before starting off this review that I have never read a proper all out fantasy book by an Indian author before. That was one of the reasons I picked up The Prophecy of Trivine. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. The Prophecy of Trivine turned out to be a good read.
The book starts off with Phil, the hacker escaping the police and finding refuge in the forest. We delve right into the action and I really liked it. Phil stumbles upon Siv's sanctuary who is a scientist doing research in the same forest. Then there's Arty. He's an artist, the most quiet and mysterious guy in the group who lives in the forest of his own free will.
I really liked all three of the guys. They had distinct personalities and I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between them. Each one had his own issues and his own history. I was never once confused from whose pov I was reading. They had a strong bond of friendship. When they start seeing weird things happening in the forest around them the three men can't help but wonder if there are more than natural forces acting behind it.
We also get tiny glimpses into how the emissary of the alien race actually traveled to the Earth and how they're experimenting on the human race. As I'm not a huge fantasy addict I did get a tiny bit bored at these parts. I obviously wanted more of Phil, Arty and Siv all the time. I liked how it was shown that the human race which some consider weak is much more stronger than one can imagine.
The one complaint I have of The Prophecy of Trivine is that there were times when there were really long paragraphs of description. It did increase the world building but I did find it easy to let my mind wander away from the book. But still, The Prophecy of Trivine was a really good read, especially for debut authors. It is a unique read especially for the Indian market and I'm glad I gave it a try.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.