Monday, June 23, 2014

#72 : The Emperor's riddles by Satyarth Nayak : A Review

BOOK TITLE: The Emperor’s Riddles

ISBN: 9789381506455

AUTHOR: Satyarth Nayak

GENRE: Fiction - Mystery


FORMAT: Paperback


REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: This review is a part of the Readers Cosmos Book Review. For details log on to

Carrying quotes from India's best selling mystery writers on its cover, this new mystery thriller, described by Hindustan Times as 'a gripping tale of intrigue', has already made it to several Top 10 Bestseller charts.

More terrifying than the savage murder of historian Ram Mathur on the ghats of Ganga, are the questions that follow. Desperate for answers, Sia turns to esoteric writer & friend Om Patnaik. But what begins as a hunt for the killer, becomes an extraordinary trail of riddles strewn across the country, that must end at the gates of an enigma.

An ancient enigma so powerful that even gods would kill for it!!!

In another time and space, rules an Emperor who plays with phenomenal forces that make him supreme…who faces these very forces when they threaten the survival of the human race. An Emperor who must ultimately pay homage to the enigma…

As Patnaik and Sia race from one riddle to another, towards a royal secret that has remained alive for centuries….will the final truth, save them or destroy them forever?

The path beckons. Can you solve The Emperor’s Riddles?

The Summary sounded just my kind of book – A perfect mystery with history. Alas! The book exceeded my expectations. I’ve read quite a number of books by Indian wannabe Dan Browns who have just ended up giving me a good migraine. Maybe that lowered my expectations over books involving history and professor.

It is apparent that the writer was inspired Dan Brown, but he didn’t let the inspiration change his originality. Or to put it simply, he was just inspired and didn’t try to imitate Dan Brown like others.

The story is about a secret society of guardians (The Nine) founded by an Emperor (Read the book to know which one) to protect a wealth of knowledge, which when fallen into wrong hands can be used to destruct the mankind.  Ram Mathur, A part of that society is murdered. A mysterious mail lands in his daughter’s inbox. His daughter along with Ram Mathur’s friend Patnaik embarks on a journey to solve the murder of her father. And thereby beings the tale of Nine and a thrilling journey filled with brain whacking riddles.

The writer deserves a big applause for his riddles. They were simply brilliant and thoroughly logical.  It’s very apparent that the writer has done a good research on the Buddhist structures and teachings.

The plot was well woven with rather unpredictable twists.  I’ve never witnessed a modern Indian writer weave a plot so cohesively filled with true suspense. The dual story line ( that of present – Sia   and of “The Emperor” ) contributed a lot to the suspense element.

My only wee bit complaint would be the story of “the emperor” was a bit over done that the reader would be left disorient if he/she didn’t concentrate a lot on the book.

The writing was simple and crisp. The riddles certainly deserve a special mention. It’s not an easy task to frame 9 riddles which have that true suspense element and are logical.

It’s safe to say that Indian literary world has found another brilliant and true mystery writer – A rarity amongst writers who make money writing trash life changing “love” stories (Pun intended)

In short, this was one brilliant, perfect and well written mystery book!

VERDICT: Must read! When Chetan Bagat can sell, this one surely deserves to sell like The Da Vinci Code.

RATING: 4.5 on 5

Satyarth Nayak is an author, script-writer & journalist based in Delhi. Holding a Masters Degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, writing has always been a prolific passion. His short story ‘Eve’ won the prestigious British Council Writers Circle Prize in 2006. In 2011, two of his stories ‘Music and Lyrics’ and ‘The Opportunity’ were selected for the celebrated Chicken Soup for the Soul series. As a TV journalist, he has worked with premier news channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN. Working for CNN-IBN as a Health Correspondent, he was felicitated with the SAARC Heal Honour for Excellence in Health Broadcasting Award in 2008.

His newly released debut thriller ''The Emperor’s Riddles'' is a tribute to his uncanny interest in the esoteric. This is his first full length novel.


PRICE: Rs. 173


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse


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