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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’.
Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
A story that began 4000 years ago is responsible for murders happening right now. The book had me intrigued from the start. A person trying to climb up the Lambasa Parvat to reach the cave of Mrityunjay, and when he reaches, he sees an older verion of himself. And that was it, that was the point where I decided I would finish this book in one sitting. And I did. And it was incredible. Who thought that the boring game of Chess could have such a violent past and bloody consequences?
Two kingdoms separated by a mountain. A lost heir, a conspiracy. And 4000 years later murders start happening, and near each body, a chess piece. Who is this mystery chess killer?
Well let me be honest, I kinda figured it out (Thanks to the movie Se7en and my awesome instincts), and yet the book still managed to surprise me in the end.
It bordered on the edges of Magical Realism. Do the killings really have anything to do with the war years ago? Or maybe it’s just what the killer believes? Men and women with no connection with each other, killed by a single man and the chess piece is the only common link.
Well I’ve already commented on how intriguing the story was, I’ll also say that the writing was smart and refined.
Curiosity, my friend, is nothing but a sweet way to kill yourself.
Even the characters were all diverse and interesting. A history professor/blogger, member of CLAW, and of course the mysterious Vyaapi.
I’ll recommend this to all Mystery/Thriller lovers.