Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 by Kevin Missal | Book Review

Title: Narasimha (The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1)

Author: Kevin Missal

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Page Count: 320

Published: June, 2019

Rating: 5/5


Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon – the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by bestselling author Kevin Missal.


Since childhood I have been hearing various mythological stories from my grandfather. When I was in class 7th, I read many holy books of Hindu as well as of other religions’. So, having all the necessary knowledge of mythological characters, I resonate more with mythological fiction as compared to other genres. I like these books as they contain a bunch of knowledge about war, politics, love and weaponry. So, recently I read another mythological fiction written by famous author Kevin missal. And here’s what I thought about it.

The book is based on Lord vishnu’s forth avatar NARASIMHA. It is the first part of Mahaavatar Trilogy, and is one of the best mythological book I read in 2019. From its cover to the plot, I loved every aspect of this book.

The plot of the book revolves around Narasimha, who is the source to kill the Asuras or devils to save Illavarti (a fictionalized version of the vedic age) from all the violence. It is truly an amazing work of fiction, and ventures into complete different areas of mythology.

The best part about this book is that not only the protagonist, but antagonists of the story inspired me, too. A good example of this is Hiranyakashyap, who loved his wife very much. He came out as a very strong character who can avenge his wife’s death and save his Asura kingdom, too. Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashipu was also an inspiring character for women. She represented a strong woman who lost everything in his life but her devotion for the kingdom and towards her brother is very respectable.

One character that I really liked was Prahlad, who is also the most peaceful of all. Being a devotee of Lord Vishnu, he always supports what’s right, whether his father approves it or not. I also quite enjoyed reading the beautiful love story of Dhriti and Prahlad.
Anuhrad, Andhaka, Chitra, Chechen, Narada and Bhairav are very powerful characters and will surely leave a good impression in a reader’s mind.

Kevin Missal’s writing style and his own perspective of the characters is very impressive. There were so many twists & turns in the book, making it an engrossing read. And the description of events is so vivid that I could clearly picturize everything in my mind. The ending of the book is really amazing, and the thrill continuous in the next books of the trilogy.

If you love to read mythology, this is the book you need to pick.

About the Author:

Kevin Missal wrote his first book at the age of 14, and at 22, the St Stephens graduate is best-selling author and a full-time writer. The first two books in his Kalki, Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu and its sequel Satyayoddha Kalki: Eye of Brahma, have both been runaway successes.

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