07 Aug

Let The Game Begin
                               By – Sandeep Sharma


Before I start with the review of the book, I will share a quote written by the famous author

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.

Blurb —

Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’.


My paperback

Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Quote —

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Choosing Simplicity


My Review –

Started this book this morning with high hopes and attentive mind. 

To be honest, I thought this book was about the origin of Chess or something related to chess. The excerpt was helpful in attracting audience but the book cannot be explained with those 200 or so words. 

The book had more; more drama, more action, more suspense, more love, more revenge, more everything. 

I was inside the book and with Surya the instant he made his appearance. I knew, without doubt, this book is going to keep me away from my peace and common needs like food, water for quite some time. 

While I was reading the reviews (oh! I do that, I love reading reviews), I found one where the reviewer wrote and I am not quoting —

The author was quite amazing in writing about both past and present.


There, for a minute, I thought maybe its like Chanakya Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. But no, it isn’t. The story by no means looks similar to any of the books I have ever had the privilege to read.

“Let the Game begin” was completely different. We get to know about Surya, Priya, Vyapi, King Viratha, Dinesh, Pratham, and many more characters who play an important role in the story. The story starts (the present one) with the death of Manish, a local actor (or one who wants to be one). Something that is strange about the death is the parcel which has a pawn inside and Manish’s name written over it.

Also, something else is written which is indecipherable. Surya’s mate knows who can decode the words..

It’s Dinesh. A professor who can read past languages. But Dinesh is not in his college, he is kidnapped by the RAW team.

The story continues…
Surya meets Priya, his ex girlfriend (or well just past girl friend as they never really broke up) Priya left him in past due to some reasons which she discloses now.

Uncovering more on the book would just make it less exciting for you guys….the story actually revolves around King Viratha… Something happened in the past and he is seeking revenge for the same.


Source - Google Playstore

But what happened in the past? How can King Viratha come in the present, 4000 years later? Who is Vyapi? What is the role of the game Chess in this book? What was Priya hiding? And who is the killer?

Well, you will never know unless you read the book.

I won’t spoil the story for you… I know the importance of “Suspense”

Also, I know the author is going to continue with the story and there will be a second part so cheers to him!

Rating – 4 stars

I took one star because the book was too fast paced for me. Readers who like their book short and to the line, not lingering, will love this one!


Source - Google Playstore

Good job by the editor. I am one too and I know the pains we go through while reading the book again and again just to find the mistakes. If the book is suspenseful, the pain is even more extreme..  Well editors will understand.


The next book for review is “Invoked” written by another Indian Author Karan Bhatia

Other books to come for review are —
—- The Warlord Queen by J.M.Keep

—- PaperTowns by John Green

—- Looking For Alaska by John Green

—- The Warlord’s Concubine by J.M.Keep


I am only doing paperbacks for a while.

Hope you guys are doing great!

I will end with my favourite quote from Romeo and Juliet

Take him and cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face of heaven so fine – that all the world will be in love with night”…Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet) 


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Music of the day Be my forever by Christina Perri

A word to the Author

I still don’t know if this was your debut or the one of many books written by you (Sandeep Sharma) but this was beyond expectations. 

Kudos to you for the amazing story. Hoping to read more by you.

Thanks for the paperback!

Nishtha Singh


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