The Secrets of the Dark is by debut Arka Chakrabarti who spins a tale so intricate that leaves you breathless. The book revolves around the mystical land of Gaya, two immenent prophecies bind the fate of men and empires alike. It is said that the Destroyer who will be born of royalty, in the Land of the Setting Sun will bring the empires down. For an instant you get a deja vu of Oedipus Rex and a lot of heckles are up.
“The secrets of the dark are sometimes so terrible that they are better left unsaid”. The book takes you on a journey where you empathize with the protagonist. You feel his desperation, his unquenchable desire for vengeance. If an author is able to emotionally engage their readers to this level, I personally feel half his job is done! Arka’s style of writing is probably an icing on the cake!
To be honest the fact that Arka belongs to Kolkata a lot of expectations are built for me. No biases here just a soft corner for my hometown, where Bengali’s are known for their penchant for Literature and their writing skills are commendable. The fact that Arka impressed me and so much more is an understatement.
What one must consider is that Arka is under tremendous pressure, given the fact that with this book, he is in the same league as Amish Tripathi and Ashwin Sanghi who has done an exceptional job and have already raised the bar. To deliver something which is worth a read is in itself half a battle won for Arka. What totally hooked me is first the writing style and the second is just how engaging the book was.
Given the fact that I have a full time career at hand I found it hard to treat this book as a light read. The moment the mind wandered off, I had to go back to read those pages again to get the grip of the plot, the book was that engaging. I could barely wait to finish the book and wished, what was for the millionth time, that I could read this book in leisure when I can savor it as the story unfolded. Written in a lucid, free flowing way, the plot of comprehensible and concise that is why this book stands tall in the historical fiction category which has such great contenders.
Pick this book up because it has the ability to surprise you and debut authors need all the encouragement they can get.
My rating is a 3.75/5
Publisher : Srishti Publishers
Genre : Hictorical Fiction
Price : Rs195/-