Thursday, 4 May 2017

Book: RAFFLESIA The Banished Princess - Not Just a Fairy Tale


Title:  RAFFLESIA The Banished Princess
Author: Gautam
Publisher: Leadstart Publishers
Pages: 398
Price: Rs. 395
My Rating: 3.5/5

The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours

blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess.He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of

Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!

The cover doesn't justify the tale book holds. By looking at cover I thought maybe it is a story of a girl, her struggles etc. but actually it is much more than that. 

The book is a story of a male i.e. Appu and although name suggests like a 'fairy tale' but it doesn't seem like a fairy tale to me, instead it is more of a story of his losses, struggles and every step of life. 

What I liked about the book is the detailed description of every aspect. The author has done a wonderful job in explaining everything with grave detail. 
However, at times it did get slight boring as I wanted to read what happened next -its positive point as well because author has written such an amazing story that it grips you and makes you curious.

The characterization is wonderful and well connected. Very few books develop characters so well.

What I didn't like are two things:
1. The story is rather slow... as said, at times narration got boring and I wanted to get on. There are certain aspect of storyline that are dragged out too. 
2. The book has grammatical mistakes. But I am sure author will take care of it in next edition.

Overall the book is a decent read and my rating for it is 3.5/5 (i.e. a pretty decent book).

Hope you find it same too.

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