A Flight of Broken wings is the kind of book which is a mix of Fantasy and Investigative thriller. We usually don’t see this kind of World building books from Indian Authors, we are obsessed with our existing mythological world and exploring them hence many Authors stick to that and try exploring them or creating new stories around them. This book came out a breath of fresh air with a new world their own culture and history.
Title: A Flight of Broken Wings
Author: Nupur Chowdhury
No. of Pages: 434
Note: I received this book free of cost from the Author and this will no way impact my honest review of this work.
The Author has weaved a brilliant story with new Mythical creatures called Aerials who are the solar beings (Sun is their main energy source) with immortality and superhuman powers (Super alien powers doesn’t sound cool you see). They were the beings once ruled Earth but due to the rebellion 600 years ago, the human race out threw them to their native land Vaan. Some of the Ariels stayed behind on Earth and why did they stay? What do they want?
Now, we have our Protagonist Ruban Kinoh who is the lead Hunter (More like a CBI Officer) who is specialised in killing the Ariels with Sif-blade (Super weapon which has the power to kill these Ariels) who gives trouble to humans. His home was destroyed 8 years ago by an Ariel with his Father and his best friend in it. We are also introduced to another character Ashwin Kwan from Zaini (A Nearby country of Vandram) who is on Vandram to know about the improved Sif formula which the country is trying to create. So, the Ariels have been lurking around and creating ruckus at various Sif mines across the country where Ruban and Ashwin are investigating. Now, you can connect the first paragraph and this. Who is Ashwin and why is he at Raagha? Did Ruban solve the case about Ariels? Is it just an individual incident or just a start of grand scheme of things? Read the book to know more.
Oof! That’s a very long summary of a book I have ever given. Interestingly this book does two things, one the complicated names which sounds like the Indian and Zimbabwean cross breed and it takes some time for us to get used to those names. Secondly, there are different worlds and the names of those Mythical characters sometimes sound the same but are different. They aren’t the problems but just a simple things I’ve noticed. Obviously, the Author has put so much effort in creating the World and we must definitely appreciate this which are some of the positives (Surprise! Surprise!)
One of the major issues I had with the book was at times the narrative is so great that pages go by fast and on other times it was major turn of because of the slow pacing and few unnecessary descriptions. A re-reading and more editing would have made the book few 100 pages less and even more interesting.
Some important notes to the Author:
- It is totally okay if the book is small but still you managed to build the World which you had in mind. Yes, I mean some descriptions could have been avoided and are unnecessary.
- There is one particular character who has two names and while reading it, I got confused. Because, the Earth name could have been used in Earth and the Vaan name should have been used there. It would be easy for the readers to understand. This sudden jump in names could be avoided. Especially, when the name is not revealed to out Protagonist yet the usage of Earth name in those scenarios would help the readers get hooked to the character better.
- The same with Abbas and Baba. This thing happens when the book is started. The readers would get confused who is Baba and Abbas. Baba might be referring to father in India or few states of India but Baba is also a name. So, please make that correction as well, if possible.
On a whole the book is super interesting to read and definitely a good try in attempting something new. Yes, the book do have some grammatical errors and pacing issues which wouldn’t be a major problem while reading. Do give this book a try and I am sure you will enjoy it.