Book Review : The Secrets of the Dark


TITLE : The Secrets of the Dark
AUTHOR : Arka Chakrabarti
PUBLISHER : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
GENRE : Fiction




Is one born with his destiny or does he forge it?

In the mystical land of Gaya, two prophecies bind the fate of men and empires alike. The Destroyer born from the royal seed on the Land of the Setting Sun shall bring the empires down, or so has been foretold.

In between the Destroyer and the world stand the Seven Guardians of Gaya, guarding the realm of man. A king, a father, defies the Seven and fate itself to save the last drop of his blood and prince Agni grows in the Land of the Rising Sun, exiled from his own people, unaware of his past.

Losing the woman he loved most to the shadows in the dark, Agni is thrown into a whirlpool of events that he neither knows, nor understands. His quest for vengeance brings him to the doorstep of a secret that will shatter the very foundation of beliefs of a world.

Can Agni avert his destiny? Can he uncover the truth about the Seven and the prophecies, now hidden behind a veil of ignorance?

The secrets of the dark are sometimes so terrible that they are better left unsaid.


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Storyline: Interesting and intriguing, the book takes us on a tour of a fantasy world, the mystical land of Gaya.

The story is gripping right from the word ‘go’. The Land of the Setting son is anarchy. The prophesies of Darshana, great philosopher point to the advent of a destroyer in the royal seat of the West. But everything seems fine in the Land of the Rising Sun. Now when I think of it isn’t there something here, after all when the sun sets there is darkness but when the sun rises there is light and hope. The Eternal Sentinels, the Council of Seven are bent on preventing the rise of the destroyer. The male heirs to the Kings in the Land of the Setting Sun are taken away on birth by the Guardians of the Dark except one. But he too is forced to live incognito without being aware of it, in the Land of the Rising Sun, thanks to the bold decision and sacrifice made by his father. The prince grows up as a commoner not aware of his lineage or his powers. What follows is an interesting read full of intrigue, prophesies, black sorcery, chivalry and the thirst for revenge. The author weaves in another story too along with that of the prince. It is the story of brave lass, Lysandera the Princess of Leu and her chivalry.

The story is not devoid of its fair measure of twists and turns. But each twist, each turn makes you want to read on.

Characterization : The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. One can easily relate to them, their emotions, ambitions and frustrations. There is an air of mystery surrounding most of the characters but the best part is that the author has been able to keep their true identity/ purpose under wraps from the readers till he feels the time is ripe for them to know, perfectly.

Language and pace: Language is simple, crisp and lucid. Except for one or two places the flow, style and pace are perfect.

The end: Interesting. The author has cleverly kept the identity of the “stranger’ under wraps till the very end not giving one room to make a perfect guess.


Cover: The colour combination! It does not go down well with the contents of the book. It needs to be changed to make it appealing.

Editing : Flawed. There are a number of places where ‘her’ is used for ‘him’/ ‘his’. Another place where I felt there has been a mistake is at the end of page 265- beginning of page 266. Is it really ‘Damian’ that the author wanted to allude to or was it Demetrius or someone else?



RECOMMENDATION & RATING: A wonderful one time read, I’ll give this book 3.75 on a scale of 5.


An author signed copy of the book was sent to me by b00kr3vi3ws for an unbiased review.
Thank you Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay and Arka Chakrabarti

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About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

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