On the jacket:
More terrifying than the savage murder of historian Ram Mathur on the ghats of Ganga, are the questions that follow. Desperate for answers, Sia turns to esoteric writer & friend Om Patnaik. But what begins as a hunt for the killer, becomes an extraordinary trail of riddles strewn across the country, that must end at the gates of an enigma. An ancient enigma so powerful that even gods would kill for it!!! In another time and space, rules an Emperor who plays with phenomenal forces that make him supreme…who faces these very forces when they threaten the survival of the human race. An Emperor who must ultimately pay homage to the enigma… As Patnaik and Sia race from one riddle to another, towards a royal secret that has remained alive for centuries….will the final truth, save them or destroy them forever? The path beckons. Can you solve The Emperor’s Riddles?
The Emperor's Riddles is Satyarth Nayak's debut novel, and to be frank, it doesn't feel like one. Of late, I have read quite a few mythological fiction, and to be frank, I was almost done with this genre. Nothing new was coming in, and this book proved to be different. An intelligent thriller, the book starts off with a murder.
Om Patnaik, India's best selling author, has a fixation for the number 9. Ptanaik's friend and a scholar, Ram Mathur is found dead in the banks of the Ganga. Om gets a call from Ram's daughter, and is asked to rush to the spot. Om and Sia, Ram's daughter, get down to solving the mystery behind Ram's murder.
This is now. Running parallely is the story of an emperor with powers that lead to be a threat to the entire human race. What is also wonderful about this plot is that it is based on Buddhism, a religion we don't really know much about, in-depth.
Extremely well-researched, the contents have been spun tightly into a gripping novel, one needs to read if they are fans of either thriller, or mythology or both! Characters are well defined and diverse. Running two plots parallely, that too of different eras, it not very easy. Nayak has done a smooth job in this. The wonderful part about this story is that it is a nice cocktail or mystery, history and fiction. And, that the language is simple. The author has made no attempt to overdo his writing skills and use fancy words, the text is simple and smooth.