For Game Of Thrones Fans, Here Is A Grim Dark Fantasy That Will Lead You Through The Political Labyrinthine Of Folklore In A New Avatar | Book Review Of Sons Of Darkness By Gourav Mohanty

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A review exploring an amazing grim-dark fantasy poised to leave you amazed – Book Sons Of Darkness By Gourav Mohanty

Sons Of Darkness

Review by Neelam Sharma,

Author: Gourav Mohanty
Writing Style


Bled dry by violent confrontations with the Magadhan Empire, the Mathuran Republic simmers on the brink of oblivion. The Republic’s Leaders, Krishna and Satyabhama, have put their plans in motion within and beyond its blood-soaked borders, to protect it from annihilation. But they will soon discover that neither gold nor alliances last forever.
They are, however, not the only players in this game.
Mati, Pirate-Princess of Kalinga, must mend her ways if she is to be a good wife. But old habits die hard, especially when one habitually uses murder to settle scores. Karna, the gifted son of a lowborn charioteer, hopes to bury his brutal past but finds that life is not generous in offering second chances. The crippled hero-turned-torturer Shakuni struggles in the maze of daggers, that is politics, leaving little time for him to plot the revenge he craves.
Alongside a cast of sinister queens, naive kings, pious assassins and predatory priests, these dubious heroes will converge where the Son of Darkness is prophesied to rise and break the World, even as forgotten Gods prepare to play their hand.


When the Author Gourav Mohanty had sent me the first email in our channel of communication, elucidating the details for his book, I thought that it was probably a retelling of sorts, in a Game of Thrones or possibly Lord of the Rings style. Little did I know that I would soon be transported to an era back in History which is not only grim but also full of colour and a riot which promises to be so full of life and its totalities that I would be submerged, full to the brim, till I reach the end of the first in the saga.

Come delve into the story of naïve yet experienced kings, dynamic yet malevolent queens, righteous killers as well as self-styled priests, retelling some long-forgotten albeit eagerly sought stories assimilating and portraying the world and times of forgotten Gods and heroes.

Come meet Krishna-who would prefer to stand alone and play the puppeteer as against choosing between other options such as being the one all follow, the leader all look up to or holding the sword of instilling fear in its opponents. An exciting encapsulation I’d say. Quite refreshing, an interesting retelling, I was absolutely entranced by his portrayal of Krishna, calm and composed even amidst chaos, consumed to the level that at the point where that particular chapter of this depiction stopped I was absolutely left off the hook, pining for more. 

Same with Satyabhama’s character who is touted to be as hard as hammered iron and likewise as calm as deep waters, Stern and sensual, she is Krishna’s third wife, equally enthralling and enigmatic in silk as in shining armour. A co-puppeteer alongside Krishna, she was also a torch bearer of a group of discarded daughters whose pain she turned to power, converting them into a squad of soldiers by the name of Silver wolves.

Even with other characters such as Mati-the pirate princess or Karna or even Kalyavan, the manner in which Gourav has woven Mahabharata in such a fantastical, larger than life, yet grim portrayal left me absolutely smitten, absolutely yearning for more, with child-like glee. I have enjoyed series such as GOT in the past and Gourav, through his writing has ensured that this spin-off, this retelling is simply not a fusion of the old roots being fused with new shoots, he has actually attempted to regrow them with a vitality which is far more flamboyant, far more dynamic, with a thought process as enticing as it is magnificent, as gory and dark as it is vibrantly hued, as sensual as it is sensible and as unpredictable as it is grim. 

With the turn of every page, I was transported to not only another land but another spectrum altogether of space and time, a continuum that not only superseded the walls of space, time and culture but of thought processes, of entities that ‘should’ or ‘would’ have existed. Reading about them gave me a new perspective, seeing them in a fresh new glow, a beacon which is as bright as it is blinding, yet illuminating in a strangely uncanny yet satisfying sort of a way. 

Game Of Thrones was a gory, somewhere gross yet compelling read. However, this I’d say was a softer version and for me, it was onto another level altogether. Casting his charisma with absolutely enticing narratives, finely woven characters, and a compelling, intense plot this is one dark fantasy you must read and delve into, I’d say. Bookmark this stellar title on your next list coz fantasy fiction is something you might indulge in periodically at all points in time. But seldom comes a book which gives you a dip in a drip-style combining the most brilliant aspects of all time periods. 

A larger than life fantasy yet a must-read and one of the best ones I have read in a long time. Eagerly awaiting to read his next.

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  1. Kavita Singh June 9, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    I am not a fan of historical stories or dramas/books but your review was quite intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I want to give this book a read soon 🙂

    1. Monidipa Dutta June 11, 2022 at 3:29 am

      I haven’t read the book of Game of Thrones but I have seen the series. I will try reading it.

  2. Harjeet Kaur June 9, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Indian mythology is so vast that it has been retold a million times and every time with a different take. Your review is bang on and urges one to go grab a copy. You have given 5 star ratings and that says a lot about the book.

  3. Flavia Cutinho June 10, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    I could see history pour out through the review, does sound interesting I ain’t a history lover, but then ur review definitely is worth a read

  4. Neeta Kadam June 11, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    I love to read historical books and your review says, must must read. Going in my reading list.

  5. Smita Saksena June 11, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I haven’t read the book but after your review I would like to read it. Added it to my reading list.

  6. Ritu Bindra June 11, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    I have been seeing this around a lot and it is already on my TBR list. And your review is tempting me to pick it right away. Although myth flics are done to death, this one is really intriguing.

  7. sonu chouhan June 12, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Added to my list.thanks for the honest reviews

  8. Madhu Bindra June 12, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    This book sounds interesting. Another 5 star review from you so this must be really good. I really like the books you recommend.

  9. Shail Thosani June 12, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    I love reading historical dramas. Will definitely try to read this book. Your review itself felt like I was transported in another world.

  10. Kaveri Chhetri June 12, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Wow neelam, your reviews are so vivid and your writing fantastic. I didn’t like history in school but I love history in novels. I am really interested to read this one

  11. Meetali Kutty June 12, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I have a big GOT gap in my heart since it ended and I love larger than life stories filled with intrigue

  12. Brinda June 12, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    This is a very nice review. You are clear in the storyline and your commentary is good. I hope to read this book.

  13. Pooja Jha June 13, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Seems like, Quite an intresting read. I am gonna add this to my reading list and next time, when I want to gift anything to myself, I shall buy this. 🙂

  14. Sindhu Vinod Narayan June 13, 2022 at 10:29 am

    History is a genre I prefer, also not a game of thrones fan, but have some friends who’d love this. Will recommend

  15. Aurora M June 13, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Perfect review of the book. I haven’t seen or read Game of thrones so can’t compare. Still , I can say it is worth reading after your review

  16. Abha Mondal June 13, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Always love to read your review. This book seems very interesting. Would love to give it a try.

  17. Noor Anand Chawla August 5, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    How interesting… I would have never connected Game of Thrones with Indian mythological fiction with characters of the Mahabharata! Very interesting review…


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