The Flame of Anahata by Saranya Umakanthan

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Ratings: 3/5 stars

Genre; Fantasy, Historical Fiction


About this book:

“They turned to see his tears of love wiping away her blood of agony…”
Diya throws Suraj’s proposal back in his face, leaving him broken-hearted. Why would she do so when she loved him desperately?
Suraj finds his Guruji unconscious beside a cave clutching the warrior Indrajith’s diary. His heart-rending love story then unfolds. Being trapped in a web of emotions, Indrajith endured the pain of his lost love, hurting himself and trampled Deepali’s hope for his adopted brother… Who was he?
Sealed for centuries and holding the Mann-Parivarthana astra, the cave is besieged by evil now. But all attempts to unlock it go futile. Faced with baffling hints, Suraj’s intelligence is sorely tested. What is the potent power required to break through that Paanch-Dost-Gupha?
THE FLAME OF ANAHATA!
Will the fire of love ever flicker in the hearts of Diya and Suraj?

Review:

A fantasy novel where two sides are on war because of a misunderstanding. Now this is a concept that has been worked on many a time. So what does The Flame of Anahata bring to the table? Re-incarnation? Read it before. A super powerful weapon? *cough Give me something new cough*
Okay so the concept of the cave, now that was something I had not heard of before which means… bonus points for at least a little originality.
Even if you can’t call the whole story fairly unique, it was still fast-paced and keeps you entertained and turning pages. I read half the book in one sitting and it was captivating. But I have to say this, if there is a female figure on the cover, I expect a strong female protagonist to overshadow the book. I need it. One badass girl around whom the story revolves but mainly that character remains a lowlife side-character whose only role seemed as a love-interest which annoyed me.
That problem was (not so quickly) resolved.
Meanwhile, the first half of the book with Varsha and Indrajeeth was far more interesting than what was happening in current timeline with Suraj. And I would have loved to just read the older era book without thrusting reincarnated souls into the mix.
I did, however, like the writing style of the author and the way the meaning and importance of emotions and Anahata and friendship is depicted, it made me like this book a lot more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Saranya Umakanthan is a software engineer by profession and a two-time university topper. An avid reader, she enjoys playing with words. She loves coffee, books and online shopping. Nothing brings her more contentment than seeing a reader enjoying her book. The fragrance and texture of paperback novels inspire her and she hangs out at bookstores frequently.

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