Over the years, Indian fiction has struggled to come up with something of substance in the thriller/ mystery genre. Finally it looks like there is hope, afterall.
After devouring the debut book from the author Satyarth Nayak, one can only imagine what a bright future lies ahead for this young author and the Indian readers. When one opens a book with recommendations from Amish Tripathi, the expectations are bound to be high. And the book does not disappoint at all! The Emperor’s Riddle has an intricately woven plot which keeps shuffling between uncovering a mystery with its roots buried somewhere in the past and the forgotten corridors of history of Buddhist era. Often is the case with the books like these, they run the risk of being just another one of those western plots rehashed for Indian audience, and here is where Satyarth manages to completely catch you unawares. With history, mystery, sci-fi and philosophy all seamlessly woven into a plot, this is one book you will find hard to put down.
The plot itself gets your imagination tingling fro the very beginning. When the historian Ram Mathur is murdered under intriguing circumstances, his daughter Priya joins forces with the renowned esoteric writer Om Patnaik to unravel the clues in the form of riddles that Ram Mathur has scattered over different eras of history. Together, they set on course of history with the dark forces always snapping at their heels. With stakes higher than they anticipated, Priya and Om are up against a historic sect that has taken eternal oath to protect the secret, no matter at what cost.
Satyarth Nayak is an author, script-writer & journalist based in Delhi, holding a Masters Degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. His first book clearly reflects his interest and understanding in esoteric. With the success and acclaim that his first book has already garnered for him, we can hardly wait for more from our own Dan Brown.