By Sanjiv Behera
293 pages – ages 9+
Published by Rickshaw Books 2010
BEWARE – The world may be destroyed by evil creatures known as Rakshasas! Vikram didn’t want to be in India. He had to go because his grandmother (who he never met) passed away and his family was going to her funeral. One morning, Vikram and his grandfather have a good talk and his grandfather trusts Vikram with a family heirloom, a seal. The next day, Vikram’s grandfather is missing and Vikram realizes that he was kidnapped by mythical giant creatures called Rakshasas. More importantly, they were looking for the seal that Vikram now has. Vikram gets the help of his little brother, Jai, and Manu, Vikram’s grandfather’s servant, and they set off to rescue Grandfather. The journey is VERY dangerous and Vikram begins to realize that the entire world is in danger and the seal his grandfather gave him may be the key to saving it!
I think this was a fabulous book! I really liked Vikram as a main character but my favorite character was Yuma (a Rakshasa who was good). Mr. Behera really describes the town and forests of India well, I could imagine myself there. Don’t let the frightening image on the cover fool you, the creature is a Rakshasa and it is kind of scary but the book isn’t that scary. Speaking of illustrations, there are some really great illustrations all through out the book. They are really detailed and give you a better idea of what is going on in the story. The story is actually based on the Ramayana myth from India and I think that’s pretty cool. I would have liked the book to go into a little more detail. I thought the action parts were a little short and they could have been a bit more involved, like getting out of King Kama’s prison and the final battle scene. The scenes were good, I just wanted more! The story was really enjoyable in all. It pretty much had everything, even characters you were rooting for. There was also a heroine, Toral. She was brave and really helped Vikram out. I’d recommend the book to kids 9+. There is some non-graphic violence (they have to defeat the Rakshasas after all).
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Categories: Age 9+