The story starts with the birth of a prince and the series of events that follows. Fifteen eons ago, the ‘Great War’ was fought between the Anndas and a group of revolutionaries, in which the revolutionaries came out victorious. The Anndas were chased out of the empire and were made to live in the forest like nomads. The revolutionaries named Ragupta Moriya as their king, and thus the Great Moriyan Empire was formed. Great songs and stories were written about Ragupta Moriya and his ten war generals who fought out the evil Annda Empire. After fifteen years, a plot is made to overthrow the Moriyan Empire. And it all falls on the shoulders of Ragupta to win the battle.
After nearly 2300 eons, the life of Dr Sebastian Stein is under peril. A mysterious man in a black suit is in pursuit of capturing Dr Stein, but Sebastian is saved by his father’s old friend. When Sebastian starts to learn about the death of his father, he realizes there’s no other way to escape but to run for his life.
What exactly happened in Before Clearance Existence (BCE) for it to affect the life of Sebastian Stein in After Clearance Existence (ACE)?
Part one of the book written by Abhishek Babu is a story that is based on betrayals, conspiracies and vengeance (as suggested by the title itself). It is a book which has a good blend of fantasy and historical fiction. Those being my favourite genres, it did not take much time for me to read this book.
The story revolves around two time periods, BCE (Before Clearance Existence) i.e. past and ACE (After Clearance Existence) which is the present. The Author has followed the concept of hopping the timelines while narrating the story which keeps you interested in the plot almost all the time. The past has fictionalised Mauryan Empire which seemed like an interesting take on history. Present, mainly restricts to Sebastian and his father dealing with strange events and secret society.
This book has all the flavours in one story. The historical world depicted in the book makes you imagine and see through. The book is lengthy and as the Author is trying to establish two different worlds, the descriptions and detailing becomes necessary part of the story telling. Both the time periods are connected and adds a magical surrealism to the overall narration.
I loved the cover of the book, it looked perfect for the story it was presenting. The characters were well designed and their backgrounds were well set. The story was gripping and kept you involved. Though, there were a few typos that could have been avoided and a few unnecessary details; still the intriguing plot of the book kept me hooked.
This book is not a light read. If you like Historical fiction blended with contemporary writing, this is a good book to start with. It is lengthy and requires your attention to detail. The cliff hanger ending will keep you wanting for answers. Abhishek has done a commendable job on his debut novel. I look forward to reading the next part of the book soon.
Pages: 402 (Paperback)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5/5