Book Review: Age of Azmoq: The Valantian Imperium
Ever since the teenage me had got hold of a Harry Potter book, the genre of fantasy never ceased to appeal my mind! Age of Azmoq: The Valantian Imperium, written by Rajamayyoor Sharma, is my latest muse from the wide array of unread books from the shelf, that transcends my otherwise mundane wake up- go to office- come back- sleep and repeat life into an absolute whirlpool of excitement and never ending surprises, lately.
As you open the front page, you chuckle at the sight of the mighty Valantian empire. The sprawling land houses few urban spots, from where reigns the mighty king, empowered with the rarest metal Azmoq. Since I am an old school traveler, the sight of a laid out map, waiting to be explored, felt amazing! The robust book has about 500 pages, but I only wanted more of the story as it approached towards the end. It is unpardonable in every aspect.
Even though the origin of the story lies in fantasy, real world lurks behind few scenes. And the wide range of time period is astonishing, if you pay attention. There are ancient ways of battle where tuskers get their trunks and tusks adorned with gold and jewel. Soon, there will be a gripping tale of dead bodies, coffins and close escapes. A warrior named Zeus will take control of the battlefield. Staying true to his ancient Greek namesake, his bravery is unchallenged. The political reality is well portrayed through Prisoner’s dilemma in certain chapters. Overall, the 500 paged book, Age of Azmoq: The Valantian Imperium can be aptly titled as “Unputdownable”. You have to hold your breathe and finish it at one go, at best add a few more to get a clear picture how it ends.
What appealed to me the most is, throughout the book, a thrill and a fear of an encounter looms large. May be it is going to be fateful, as the legends suggested, or may be it will be a pleasant surprise, where value will be exchanged in good faith. The anticipation keeps you engrossed into reading till the end.
The story-line may sound in semblance with movies like Avatar or the latest Black Panther (remember, vibranium? a metal that had had the whose who of the underworld running after?). But worry not for Age of Azmoq shall surprise you will a plenty lot of reading bounties. The language is lucid, often enabler of creative visuals. In my mind, I knew every detail of the battlefield, the troops arriving, their dilemma, their valour, the tactics. Such engrossing the book was. I will not be surprised if in a few year’s time, we get to watch an action packed Bollywood extravaganza basis on this book.
The illustrations are vivid and detailed. Since the book is apt for a teenager, I feel adding a few more illustrated characters could have resulted in increased readers’ delight. Rajamayyoor’s use of language is commendable and easy to comprehend, as well as to follow. I look forward for a sequel to the same!
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