Rise of Sivagami : Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning, The

Anand Neelakantan
When five-year-old Sivagami witnesses her father being branded a traitor and executed by the maharaja of Mahishmathi, she vows to one day destroy the kingdom. At seventeen, she recovers a manuscript from her crumbling ancestral mansion. Written in a strange language called Paisachi, the manuscript contains a secret that may redeem her father or condemn him further. Meanwhile, Kattappa, a proud and idealistic young slave who blindly believes in his duty, finds himself in the service of a spoilt prince. Alongside, he must try and keep his brother, who resents their social position and yearns for freedom, out of trouble. As Sivagami tries to unravel the secret of the manuscript, she finds that the empire of Mahishmathi is teeming with conspirators, palace intrigues, corrupt officials and revolutionaries. An ambitious nobleman will do anything for power and money. A secret group of warriors under the leadership of a seventy-year-old woman is determined to stop the slave trade. A forest tribe, deeply resentful of having been driven away from their holy mountain three hundred years ago, is preparing to wage war against the king. From the pen of Anand Neelakantan, the bestselling author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, Roll of the Dice and Rise of Kali, comes The Rise of Sivagami, filled with staggering intrigues and unforgettable characters. A riveting tale of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal, The Rise of Sivagami is a befitting prequel to S S Rajamouli's blockbuster film Baahubali.

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Reviewed: 2017-05-03

Neelkanthan’s this new Action Adventure and Historical Fiction category book answers the curiosity of Bahubali movie viewers’ to know about the beginning of powerful kingdom Mahishmati. Shivagami; grow as an orphan girl, with an intention to take revenge of her father’s death, who was murdered by the King of Mahishmathi. At the teenage Shivagami kills the king to bring Mahishmathi Empire under her rule and marries one of the foremost members of empire which brings her in the power and she becomes Raajmata Shivagami. Readers also come to know the past of other most powerful character, Kattappa while encountering other characters like GunduRamu& the Pattaraya which adds more enthusiasm in the story. It is a treat for the address as author has taken the description of the Kingdom to the highest level of detailing. His attention to even a minute detail in the narration; virtually plunks readers in Kingdom.However the main storyline focused on Shivagami, the offshoots take us to the phenomenal journey of the Kingdom and its social life.

 

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