On the jacket:
Is one born with his destiny or does he forge it?
In the mystical land of Gaya, two prophecies bind the fate of men and empires alike. The Destroyer born from the royal seed on the Land of the Setting Sun shall bring the empires down, or so has been foretold.
In between the Destroyer and the world stand the Seven Guardians of Gaya, guarding the realm of man. A king, a father, defies the Seven and fate itself to save the last drop of his blood and prince Agni grows in the Land of the Rising Sun, exiled from his own people, unaware of his past.
Losing the woman he loved most to the shadows in the dark, Agni is thrown into a whirlpool of events that he neither knows, nor understands. His quest for vengeance brings him to the doorstep of a secret that will shatter the very foundation of beliefs of a world.
Can Agni avert his destiny? Can he uncover the truth about the Seven and the prophecies, now hidden behind a veil of ignorance?
The secrets of the dark are sometimes so terrible that they are better left unsaid.
The Secrets Of The Dark is Arka's debut novel, but at no point did it feel like on. I will not get into the details of the story, as I always prefer, but I'd rather talk about how the author has presented it to us readers.
A historical plot set in Gaya, as one reads through the book, it gets evident that the authors has put in a lot of research as well as vivid imagination while writing the book. You travel through the plot with the protagonist and after a while share his emotions.
Though this is not one of my regular genres, it kept me engaged. And that is a really impressive feat by a debut author, to keep a reader hooked to his book, despite it not being his genre.
The plot is compact and no where does it feel off track or lost.
Definitely not a light read, the author has set pretty high expectations for himself. He knows his craft well, we can now sit back and wait; for what new tales he will spin for us.
[This review is for Srishti Publishers & Distributors. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]