Book Review: The Treasure of Kafur by Aroon Raman
The Treasure Of Kafur is the second novel of Aroon Raman is placed in the Mughal Period in India, the late 1500s, when Akbar was in power. Clearly, after the riveting debut with The Shadow Throne, this was a book to watch out for. Although the book’s ending was quite an anti-climax to the build up through the pages, it was not a bad read.
The story revolves around three key characters: an old woman, her grandson and the Mughal Emperor ‘Akbar’. As the title states, it is about a lost treasure. The plot revolves around a rebellion by Asaf Baig, the ruler of Khandesh, who plans to overthrow Akbar, and plans to fund the battle with the Treasure of Kafur.
The whereabouts of the treasure are known to Ambu, a Guardian of the forest, who can communicate with animals, and is kidnapped by Baig. Datta, Ambu’s grandson with the hep if his animal friends, needs to reach Akbar and rescue Ambu with his help. How he achieves the feat and what follows next is a gripping tale of fiction.
The men of thataka, the supernatural element, the royalty, the birds and animals are all part of this gripping story. Brilliantly written, is this historical fantasy. Kudos to Aroon Raman for conceiving such an off-beat plot based in one of the best periods of Indian history. I was a bit disappointed though, because I had expected more of a thriller than a supernatural historical fiction.
Overall, a good light read.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
P.S. This review was written as a part of the Flipkart Bloggers Affiliate Programme. Thanks Vivek for the books 🙂
About the author
Aroon Raman is an Indian entrepreneur and author. Raman did his Masters in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and then pursued his MBA fromWharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Raman currently owns a Research and Development company and till date, he has written two books.
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