Let The Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma is a mind blowing book that keeps you in thoughts. When I read this book I completed in one go and I called up the author who highlighted me about the book. I came to know about his thoughts and the plans. The story is set up in today’s world which has elements of flashback, historical segments. It is hard to classify the novel in a particular category so I will telling in detail about those categories. Lets have a glance at the contents of the book.
Cover – Most of the people judge the book by its cover because it has a hint of story in it. This cover has a light colour scheme and a picture related to chess is there which gives us a vague idea about author’s thoughts.
Title- The title of the book is fascinating, LET THE GAME BEGIN. It denotes about a game which has started and the book is related to this.
Blurb- Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’. Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Type of Novel-
Murder Mystery- It is a murder mystery for sure as the main thing starts with the murder and then series of events take place which leads to some more murders. The given leads helps the characters to solve this mystery and are shocked to discover a hidden history behind it.
Historical Novel- Since I wrote it has a history behind it, then surely the traits are of a historical novel. This book gives us a clear picture about the game named chess and how it evolved through ages. The two kingdoms play a significant role in completing the historical traits and even include some chronology.
Suspense Novel- It is a suspense novel because this book proves the readers wrong till the end. The author has maintained suspense till the end which is the key point of this novels and readers are ecstatic to know more about it.
Plot- The author has done full justice to the plot as it intrigued the readers. Further, the characters play a vital role in the plot construction of the book. The main plot is the murder mystery whereas the fight of two kingdoms and the flashback narration is the sub plot which goes side by side and meet at the end of the novel.
Characterisation- The characters are too many which is a blessing as well as a drawback. It shows author’s creativity to deal with so many minds but at times he fails to give space to the characters. They are definitely author’s mouthpiece and its beyond any description. Major characters were superbly amazing whereas minor actors also played a vital role in the book and the book was incomplete without them. They compliment each other.There are some round and flat characters who maintained the flow of the novel. Vyapi’s character delineation is the best in my opinion as there were lots of variations in his character. Its hard to find the protagonist as while reading all seems like protagonists.
Style- The author has used first person and third person narrative along with impersonal description. There were combination of sentences. Some words and lines were impeccable. The unique point is that the author has given a full page to the editor so that she could express her views and its a very good gesture which adds respect for him in our hearts, especially the editors.
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About the Author
Sandeep Sharma (23), made his debut in the writing industry with ‘Hey Dad! Meet my mom’, the book which is still a hot topic of discussion amongst readers. He is currently working on his start-up venture named ‘Author Paradise’ that works for the benefit of Authors to provide them well-organized online & offline publicity. By education, he is a civil engineer who graduated from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida.
He is very passionate about writing and has been writing short stories for his personal blog since 6 years and they were published various times. He has also co-founded ‘The Author’s Blog’, a platform that tries to bridge the gap between authors and readers. He is an avid reader and loves to review books on his blog. He is a well-known reviewer in the literary world.
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P.S. Also read my book review on his first novel Hey Dad, Meet My Mom –http://reviewswithsur.blogspot.in/2016/03/book-review-hey-dad-meet-my-mom-by.html
and the guest post –https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/guest-post-by-sandeep-sharma/