Book Review: Yama’s Lieutenant and The Stone Witch by Anuja Chandramouli

Book Name: Book Review: Yama’s Lieutenant and The Stone Witch

Author: Anuja Chandramouli

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: 4/5

Book Blurb: As Yama’s Lieutenant, Agni Prakash, has diligently been tracking down demons and spirits that threaten peace on earth and dispatching them to his lord’s thousand hells. Danger is a constant in his job, but this time an apocalypse threatens his entire world. Agni must go up against a terrifying sorceress-adept in the ancient art of stone magic-and her bestial army of demoniacal creatures who used to be humans before they were transformed into willing killing machines. The witch has a nightmarish vision for a new world that involves large scale culling of the humans-and it falls to Agni to stop her. He must find the Samayakalas, the mysterious keepers of time and reset the clock before all life is destroyed. However, any contact with the Samayakalas is forbidden to mortal and immortal alike and those who flout the ancient decree risk incurring punishment far worse than death. The price asked of him is an impossible one, but Yama’s Lieutenant does not have a choice. Enlisting the help of old friends, he must submit to being borne across an ocean of death and destruction to find the Samayakalas before darkness engulfs them all.

Review: Anuja Chandramouli is soon becoming an expert of the fantasy genre. Her first Yama Lieutenant series was spell binding and she has followed it up with another captivating account of the protagonist, Agni Prakash.

Agni Prakash goes on the trail of the stone witch- Nayima. The stone witch is out to destroy the world and Agni is the only person who can stop her from completing her quest. Samayakalas or time keepers help Agni in this dangerous journey. much of the book is devoted to Agni’s quest to trace the Samayakalas.The characters are well developed and even though it gets a bit harrowing in the middle, the plot has

Will Agni prevail? Will he be able to find the Samayakalas and stop the stone witch in time? This book is an interesting read and Anuja has built the plot well. She is definitely developing as a writer with each book and has devoted a lot of time in weaving interesting and intricate plot lines that serve this book well. This book will be appreciated by fantasy addicts and casual readers alike.


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