- File Size: 1892 KB
- Print Length: 209 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rickshaw Books (November 4, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 4, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ASOU8Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The idea that Rakshasas may live among us and rise again was told through the eyes of a young boy struggling with normal day to day issues. Not only does he find love for his family, his finds love for his ancestral land, India. Ideas of inner calm, life connections and personal strength are expressed beautifully.
Vikram, on a visit to India with his parents and younger brother Jai, is bored and grouchy, even before setting foot at his grandpa's home. When it seems that nothing less than an out-of-this- world experience can mend his sullen mood, he is ushered into a world of enchanted seals and Rakshasas, who are plotting to wipe out mankind.
Vikram and Jai take up the challenge, and set out on an expedition to free not only their kidnapped grandfather but the whole of mankind from the machinations of the diabolic forces. The mission involves salvaging the enchanted seals, which if joined together into Dharma cube will ward off the fiendish advancement of the Rakshasas. The brothers find able company in a brave girl, Toral; the loyal servant Manu and the bighearted langur, Fortune.
The hazardous enterprise of the foursome alludes to scenes from the epic, Ramayana, reference of which is made several times in the narrative. While the brothers, on a mission to fight Rakshasas, remind of the legendary brothers Ram and Laxman, Fortune, the langur, is cast on the image of Hanuman, Ram's devoted assistant. Toral uses a bow like Ram and Laxman did, and the final assay into the Rakshasa's palace by Vikram parallels Ram's crossing the sea to reach Lanka.Read more ›
I won't spoil anything, but events soon spin out of control, and things unfold very quickly. If I had to make one quibble, it's that the middle of the book might be a little too whirlwind. Regardless, I was happy to go along for the ride and the book is virtually impossible to put down.
I'd caution that he book might be a little too intense and scary for kids who are five or six. But if a child can handle Harry Potter, he or she can handle "Vikram and the Enchanged Seals." The ending seems tailor-made for further Vikram adventures. But whether it's another Vikram book or not, I'm definitely looking forward to Behera's next work.
On his trip to the tiny village where he will meet his grandfather, Vikram reads his comic book depicting the Ramayana, an Indian legend about good and evil, about a war between humans and evil demons called the Rakshasas. Suddenly a disheveled old man runs in front of their car, declaring, "Rakshasas have returned!" Later, Vikram's grandfather gives him a 3,000 year old enchanted seal (not the mammal, but a stamp) to keep safe. Vikram quickly discovers that this is not the only seal in existence, and all these enchanted seals are actually very powerful. Vikram also discovers what he is keeping the seal safe from: the Rakshasas!
Vikram and the Enchanted Seals dives right into the story with action and mystery, and for the most part, is filled with wonderfully detailed descriptions that fully engage the senses: "He had already surrendered to the other discomforts of his tiny compartment: the sticky filth, the smell of burnet straw, the buzzing mosquitoes, and the annoying rattles of the loose windowpane..."
The vivid descriptions of the creatures and the fighting scenes will appeal to a child's sense of wonder and adventure: "Pasty green skin stretched tight over her thick, muscular frame. An evening breeze caught the tresses of her coarse, blue hair and swept them from her face. Sharp, curved canine teeth, nearly six inches long, hung over a plump bottom lip, and gleamed in the light of the hovering moon.Read more ›
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Book Review: Vikram And The Enchanted Seals By Sanjiv Behera: Adventure Ride Throughout
This is the second book I am reading from the same author -... Read more
This book sat on my Kindle for a long while. I was fascinated when the author first announced the work over a year ago and I rushed right out and bought it. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by terzap
I have to say that I've never read another book quite like this one. That's one reason I like to read books set in or about other countries, it allows me to learn about other... Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Heidi Grange
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