Chronicle of Lost Empire Review

Chronicle of Lost Empire: Secrets of Nalanda

by Mala Mukherjee

A historical fantasy set in the backdrop of Nalanda and the end of Gupta Empire depicts the horror of Hun invasion, and power struggle between smaller kingdoms in an alternate universe bounded by magical reality. During the political turmoil, a prince vouchsafed to save Magadha from foreign invasion with the help of Nalanda’s intellectual teachers and their secret knowledge of Celestial Weapons. However, palace intrigues compelled him to renounce his claim to the throne and he embraced the life of austerity for a greater cause. Unaware of the baffling power of his enemies, the young prince entrapped in the political rivalry of Chandraketugarh and found love in an unexpected way. His journey to Nalanda unfolded many secrets of the ancient university that changed his destiny forever. Under the guidance of his mentor, eminent alchemist Budhaditya he overcame all odds and reached his goal; but just before the final battle, he faced the dilemma of choosing duty over love.

When I read the book description I was excited to read this book. It sounded exciting and unique.

I rated this book a 3 star out of 5 on goodreads. I gave a 2.5, but goodreads does’t allow half stars (they really need to fix this). I was a bit disappointed in this book. I enjoyed the over all story of this book. The magic and the trials the characters had to overcome where great to read about and I love where the author took this story and the journey that it took.

Sadly, I found the characters lacking true depth. The characters had big things happening and had to make some big hard choices, but I often felt them lacking emotion. I felt the author could have done more with the characters and it would have taken the story to a whole new level and I would have enjoyed reading it even more. I often found my mind wondering and had to often work hard to bring myself back to the book.

The book also suffered some language and grammar issues that confused me at times and took away a nice reading flow that I found frustrating. I found the writing to lack the excitement that the story called for. There were parts in the story that were full of action and excitement and should have been hard to put down, heart racing moments, but the writing made it hard to want to even keep reading even during those moments.

The overall story was good and I did enjoy the ideas the author had, but I was just not a huge fan of her writing style. I think this is one book you need to read to form your own opinions. It may be a style you like!