Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?
In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.
Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.
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This epic tale is about the lives of Karna, an immortal who has the thankless and tiresome job of hunting demons in the human world. This is made more difficult by the strained relationships he shares with the powers that be and with his brothers and their wife. It is decided for him that he will train a group of fledgling celestial demon hunters, one of whom is his very human daughter. His daughter that he didn’t know existed until now and who is at the center of two rival prophecies, neither of which bode for her survival. Soul Warrior is truly one of the best books I have read since I began my book blog. To be honest I really didn’t think I would like it and I love being surprised. I am not all familiar with the Indian mythology and concepts behind the story, except in the most glancing way, yet that didn’t matter a bit. This masterfully crafted world was a joy to read about. I am still trying to process the layers of story and characters and still reeling from the ending. It always difficult to add a modern aspect to an ancient world that is well known by so many. I believe the author has done a spectacular job doing this. I am as curious as I can be to find out more about the legends that inspired this. Any one aspect of the story would have been worthy of the book all on its own, the story of the gods, the personal relationships, the growing connection between Karna, his daughter and her mother. Together it is a pulse pounding race to the end to see how it could possible turn well for the characters that invite so much emotional investment. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
This was a fairly different read for me. Pathetically, I don't always do well when reading unfamiliar mythology, but this sounded like a very intriguing book, so I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, I ended up shooting myself in the foot. While i found it neat to read of gods like they were people that actually existed and all, I don't know know this pantheon well and the author doesn't seem to have written in a way as to be friendly to people like me. I got lost and confused, frequently. I also never got invested in the characters. I guess I kind of liked Karna, but wasn't a fan of Draupadi and they were the majority of the book's focus. The book kind of dragged on a bit and the ending felt anticlimactic in its short length given all the build up. Overall, it held a lot of potential, but fell flat for me. Soul Warrior is a tale based on an Indian poem and has every epic element you could wish for. If you are familiar with epic Indian poems, check this one out!