Tarikshir : The Awakening

by Khayaal Patel

Book Review

Tarikshir : The Awakening

The kingdom of Devangarh is the last princely state to pose a resistance against the British Empire. The death of the king comes as a shock to many. The young prince – Rudra, prepares to ascend the throne half-heartedly.

The whole kingdom is in turmoil due to the war, as they are heavily outnumbered by the British. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers that the death of the late king may not have been an accident at all.

The multiple appearances of a hooded figure torment Rudra as he tries to discover the person behind his father’s death. A series of events make Rudra discover unbelievable dark secrets and roots of evil that could potentially lead to massive destruction.

Will the young prince stop evil from disrupting the entire human race before it is too late?

“What will happen, will happen. Our job is not to fight fate, but to accept it”

– Khayaal Patel, Tarikshir : The Awakening.


Khayaal Patel has done an amazing job with his debut book.

First things first, I need to appreciate the work and thought process gone behind the book cover. It is so eye-catchy and well suited to the title.

I had heard a lot of positive things about this book and I was really excited to read it.

The prologue sets the tone of this book and it makes the reader want to find some answers already.

“To every lock ever made, a key is made simultaneously. So whenever we come across a problem, there’s already a solution existing…we just have to look for it”

– Khayaal Patel, Tarikshir : The Awakening.


This book is fast-paced right from the beginning, making sure to keep the readers engaged throughout. The plot is clearly well thought out. It is unique and very interesting.

The dilemmas that the main character Rudra faces are very well portrayed. The character development of the protagonist is really heart-warming to say the least.

There were a few twists in the book that you could see it coming if you had given attention to the small details which could easily be missed.

“Just a single grain of rice can tip the scale, a single man may be the difference between victory and defeat”

– Khayaal Patel, Tarikshir : The Awakening.


The elements of mystery and thrill are very much there. The story was very visual.

The last four chapters were switched back and forth between two characters and it kept me on the edge of the seat every time when the author abruptly cuts off for an effect. That was actually a good tactic to keep the reader attentive.

“Sometimes a person has to make difficult decisions – not because he wants to, but because it is the right thing to do.”

– Khayaal Patel, Tarikshir : The Awakening.

This is one of those rare books that completely transport you back in time and you could see the plot unravel right through your eyes.

The language used by the author is pretty simple and easy to understand.

The epilogue at the end of the book was like the cherry on the cake. It sealed the deal for me. I got goose-bumps when I read it and from the looks of it, we could be getting a follow-up book.

“When there is a threat from the outside, we can easily detect and deflect it. But when a threat is growing from within, what can we do to detect it, let alone defeat it ?”

– Khayaal Patel, Tarikshir : The Awakening.


I picked up this book with a lot of expectations and I was not disappointed even a bit.

Khayaal Patel has set up high standards with his debut book, which makes me more eager to see what he has in store for us in the future.

I would rate this book 4.8 on 5. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Publisher: Westland

Genre: Historical fantasy fiction

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