Circa 403 C.E. India. In the thriving city of Nanivardhana, lives Shaunaka, a young man who yearns to go to Pataliputra to see the world and make his fortune. But he is forced to join his father’s jewellery making business and soon finds himself in the workshop a job in which his heart clearly did not lie. Thankfully, along comes distraction in the form of two extravagant weddings royal nuptials at the palace and another wedding at the extravagant corner house in the Buddhist quarter of the city. This house, known for its opulence and sheer size, is owned by Vinayashura, an affluent trader fabled to have mysteriously deep connections to the royal family. Shaunaka is given the charge to work on the bride’s jewellery at the corner house, but instead of the mundane task at hand, a morbid sight awaits the trader’s wife’s bloodcurdling screams bring Shaunaka to Vinayashura’s bedroom where he is found murdered and lying in a pool of blood! Who killed Vinayashura? Why? Shaunaka finds himself at the heart of the mystery and his logic and keen observation skills land him the duty of assisting the head of police to solve this murder.
The Curse Of Anuganga is a historical thriller which recaptulates an ancient history of murder.
The plot has really been an interesting one with strong feminist characters ranging from the Queen of the kingdom to other characters in the book. The historical research and background done by the author is evident.
However, the drawback here is the length of the book. It really became difficult to remain gripped to the book in the second half.
The storyline is super interesting as the end is cliffhanging and completely unexpected. So thumbs up to that! Also, the strong feminist characters make the story more vivid.
Overall, apart from the lengthand ungripping narration in the later half, the book was an intriguing read.
My Ratings : 3 🌟/5
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