The Origin of Martin Krooger by Sameer Kumar

readingabook-alignthoughtsThe Origin Of Martin Krooger by Sameer Kumar


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Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Fantasy


In the land of Gods, the arrival of a vigilante stormed the silence. He was brutally used and harassed by Gods. His emotions and sentiments were toyed with.
The most powerful god, Agusthus, feels crippled before him. He targets everyone responsible for his state. He drains Agusthus by slaughtering his son. He exhausts Moira, daughter of Agusthus, by killing her brother before her eyes. He breaks Castle Gray, the only one capable of stopping him, by cursing his love into a cold bloodless stone. He weakens the powerful Queen Iris, Gray’s mother, and enslaves her husband. He certainly has no opponent.
However, no one targets him. He is so silent and precise that no one buys the fact that the vigilante, who was cursed and killed long ago, is somehow back. Hence, the time waits for the birth of the last hope left to save the world from the wrath of the demon. Time waits for ‘Martin Krooger.’


One day, I will pick up a book by an Indian author and publisher and it won’t have any grammar mistakes or typos and I will be ecstatic. Unfortunately, that day is not today.
No matter how good the plot, characters or writing style may be, this is something that I can’t compromise on, it gets on my nerves. I actually had to list out all the typos on the back page.
Now for the book:
Premise: The concept is good. The whole energy extraction process, Gods, Adam and Nirvana brings about an interesting premise. I liked that much. But Fantasy requires details. The premise has to be constructed beautifully and the readers need to be given time to accept it. This book was way too short for me to actually comprehend the setup and then start believing in it. This led to a sort of emotional disconnect with made me not care about any of the characters. See the thing isn’t that I like big books (That I do.) but when you try your hand at a genre like fantasy, you need to come prepared. The whole world needs to be set and we as readers need details to imagine it and embrace it. This book was lacking in those portions.
Characters: Character wise, we see very little of Adam or Sir Augusthus. Mostly it revolves around Castle Gray, Moira and their friends. Gray was a good character and the only likeable one I found in the book. The others were somehow too unrealistic for me. Especially considering the conversation Moira and Ema had. So this was a drawback that didn’t let me enjoy this book.
Plot: It is not okay to just have a huge build up that results with nothing in the end. The plot started off as normal, got strong towards the middle but then lacked shocking elements in the end.
Writing style: The poems at the beginning of each chapter was a nice touch, but some of them were
just ughh (preposterous). Otherwise, the writing is too casual and gives you more of a contemporary or sci-fi feel than fantasy.
Overall: The author has tried to bring something new to the table but the book lacked the much-needed spark and awe.


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