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Soul Warrior

(The Age of Kali #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Twisted myths. Discretion advised.

Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?
In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 5th 2015 by Phalguni Kothari
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Vishnu Chevli
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
In Mahabharata war the most of the earth warrior died, Danavas / Asuras started spreading chaos on the earth. Yamraja granted Karna special powers and celestial duty of Soul warrior to control & fight Adharma. Few thousand year later, a Rakshasa named Vala was defeated by Karna, but Karna was not able to annihilate him completely. In current time, Karna was handling his job properly, when Tridevas appeared and gave him the job of training six of Draupadi's kids. The shock was that youngest of th ...more
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
Karna, I feel, was the most mistreated character in Mahabharata. He had been dealt a bad hand throughout his life; even though he was a true warrior and loyal to a fault. So, I was really happy when Falguni brought in a twist that offered him ‘more’. He becomes a Soul Warrior – in charge of ‘dealing’ with the demons who try to interfere with the human realm. As time passed by, Karna lives on and performs his duty. Finally we discover him as a jeans wearing hottie with a somewhat of a dirty mouth ...more
Kavipriya Moorthy
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love, favorites

First Impression – pretty cover that attracts instantly and the blurb just pulls you to read the book. And the very first word that you read is “Death” – “Death is hot” which makes the reader raise their brows with a smile. A very promising impression which says, “Am the book that you should read,” and yes, kept up till the end.

Overall Impression – One of the best books I have read in the recent times. This is the first book that painted a beautiful camouf
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
“...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you l ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Falguni Kathari

Publishing Date: November 2015

ISBN: 9781944048013

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5

Publishers Description: On a muggy October morning, as Lord Karna peruses the Times of India on his iPad in his uber-protected Mumbai abode, he hardly expects an unannounced visit from the Gods, much less the cataclysmic tidings they bring him. By noon, Karna is saddled with the task of honing six delinquent godlings into demon hunters like himself—divine
Devika Fernando
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading Indian mythology for the first time some months ago and enjoying it a lot, I was all to happy to receive a review copy of “Soul Warrior” by Falguni Kothari. The cover is a beauty to behold, and the book itself is beautifully written too.

The story started with a bang and had me enthralled straight away. I knew from the language style and the subject that I was going to love this book. Here are some of the first lines.

Death is hot.
That surprises me. I’d imagined death as cold and bru
Fangs for the Fantasy
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Karna, the Soul Warrior has a followed his duty for centuries – but he never imagined he would have a new duty pressed upon him: raising and training the 5 children of his brothers. And, surprise of all, his own child.

And, contrary to what the gods implied, they are all female. He never anticipated having to raise and train 6 women. And not while an ancient enemy is rising and his newly found daughter seems to be intimately connected to the upcoming battle.

That’s aside from her fraught relations
Tarina Deaton
***ARC provided by Rock Star PR & Literary Consultants as part of a blog tour and in return for an honest review***

This is one of those books I’m conflicted about. On one hand, it has everything a fantasy epic could ask for - gods, mythology, an epic battle, and conflicted heroes. On the other, the style and pacing of the storytelling detracted from the story elements that should have made this a can’t-put-down book.

Based on the epic Indian poem, Mahabharata, Soul Warrior follows Karna, as he tr
Njkinny (Njkinny's Blog)
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Njkinny by: Falguni Kothari

Soul Warrior by Falguni Kothari narrates the story of the legendary Mahabharat character Karna but in a fictional setting. Although the backdrop is still Mahabharat and its myths but the story is essentially fiction and bears little resemblance to real facts. So when I read the blurb where the author starts with the warning "Twisted myths. Discretion advised. " I thought I was ready to see Karna in a new light but boy! Was I surprised! Falguni takes a belo
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the one hand, I'm completely unfamiliar with Indian mythology; on the other, it is a habit of mine to read tales of other lands/worlds and cultures in the realms of Science-Fiction/Science-Fantasy. On that note, the final I-don't-know-how-many-pages were impossible to put down. Interruptions were greeted with glares at the offending party.

So I'm introduced to a few characters at a time, and when the rush of Celestials thrown at me are at best very temporary personalities and thus unimportant
Buffy Kennedy
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a fairly different read for me. Pathetically, I don't always do well when reading unfamiliar mythology, but this sounded like a very intriguing book, so I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, I ended up shooting myself in the foot. While i found it neat to read of gods like they were people that actually existed and all, I don't know know this pantheon well and the author doesn't seem to have written in a way as to be friendly to people like me. I got lost and confused, frequently.

I also nev
Shilpa Suraj
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who is very loyal to the authors I read, it's rare for me to try work by new names. Am I glad I broke that habit by reading Falguni Kothari's Soul Warrior. Before I say anything else, I need to say I absolutely LOVE the book. What a cracking start to the series. Great writing, witty dialogue, fabulous plot twists, incredible world building and a fascinating mix of mythology and fiction make the it one of the best reads I've had the pleasure to experience in a while. Falguni, please re ...more
Atomic Staci
Karna is the Soul Warrior, charged by Yama, the God of Death, to be the balance between good and evil on the earth and to kill the demon asura when their soul auras turn red and their path has turned to evil. It’s been five thousand years of relative peace, but there are stirrings that someone is trying to resurrect Vala, the Stone Demon. As if these whispers weren’t a bad enough omen, the grand Matriarchs and Patriarchs of the Celestials have made Karna a guru and given him six godlings to trai ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I discovered this book via Twitter when Sonali Dev recommended it to me. I requested it on NetGalley and was approved and a lil late because it's already been released, I finally got to read it!

Epic fantasy based on hindu mythology. If that sounds intriguing and interesting to you, go grab this one immediately! A certain knowledge of Hindu mythology would be good, to sort of know who is who, but the author also adds her own spin and twist, so it's not absolutely necessary (or you can read the bo
Geeta Nair
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, refreshing and riveting. A prophecy, a secret child and the need to save the Cosmos from doom form the basis of the first book of a series planned by the author on ‘the age of Kali.’ The reader is taken on a virtual tour of the cosmic realm where demons, celestials and humans wage war with sophisticated weapons, Karna the Soul Warrior keeps tab on the movement of all who threaten the Human realm with the help of Eklavya alias Lavya and his highly advanced technical gadgets, and soul ...more
Shelle Perry
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This epic tale is about the lives of Karna, an immortal who has the thankless and tiresome job of hunting demons in the human world. This is made more difficult by the strained relationships he shares with the powers that be and with his brothers and their wife. It is decided for him that he will train a group of fledgling celestial demon hunters, one of whom is his very human daughter. His daughter that he didn’t know existed until now and who is at the center of two rival prophecies, neither o ...more
Maniparna Sengupta majumder
Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali #1) by Falguni Kothari, though based on Indian mythology, never gives the readers the feeling of monotony. I’m referring to the word monotony because these days, a number of books have been written based on different mythological characters and, at some points they sound alike. It would not be an exaggeration to say that mythological stories are passé. Falguni has concocted the story making The Mahabharata as her base but constructed the structure in coordination wi ...more
Mahathi Ramya
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I have read a lot of mythology books recently and this is a combination of Contemporary fiction and mythology. Can you imagine Lord Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma managing the current world? You will be wondered to read the terms like smart phone, diapers and sentences like 'Chill babe' uttered by Gods :-) I will leave everything else to your imagination.

Here is a story about the soul warrior Karna, step brother of Pandavas from Mahabharatha. It's not about his birth or Kurukshetra war. This is an i
Sundari Venkatraman
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a MOBI version of this book from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same.

I have been asked this question in a couple of interviews and a few times on social media: “a book that I wished I had written?” I had a vague answer each time, for the sake of it if you know what I mean. Now I have a definite one. I wish I had written Soul Warrior. That’s how much I loved the book.

When I got to know that
Hemantkumar Jain
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Its fugging awesome !!

I enjoyed reading every bit of this novel and would probably be the first time that i actually connected to the author on twitter and told her how much i was enjoying her work. Even asking her when were the subsequent books in the series coming up.

The author has taken up a very refreshing writing style for the book.

There are surprises in the book. Several of them. Across the book ... and the way the author reveals the suspense in an off-hand matter-of-fact manner, it alm
Swati Hegde
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Indian Mythology
Read more reviews on my blog, Geekie Chic.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know the first thing about Indian mythology - or any, for that matter - but I do know that these stories are full of action, betrayal, drama, romance and many, many twists and turns.

This book is just the same. It was everything I'd expected, and then some. Karna and Draupadi's love story is passionate and chaotic, the six daughters provide some much-needed humour, and there are
Nikita Jhanglani
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book certainly is one of the finest I’ve read.

The concept and ideation is beautiful and very well-written as is the treatment of the story and the various characters. A love story for Draupadi and Karna most certainly is the icing on the cake, as is the impeccable use of vocabulary. The star of the story is it’s impeccable and well-woven humor and sarcasm. I couldn’t stop laughing and/or being amusef throughout, as I read this book. The relationship between Yahvi and Karna is beautifully po
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Any fans of Percy Jackson out there? Have you wished someone did what Rick Riordan did for Greek, Egyptian and Norse myth for Indian myth as well? A fun filled jazzy contemporary urban fantasy with basis in Indian mythology! If your answer to all earlier questions is yes, I have just the book for you – Soul Warrior by Falguni Kothari – like Percy Jackson it is a series too and this is just the first book of a trilogy. But wait! There is a catch! There is always one, isn’t it? The author is an In ...more
 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
Soul Warrior by Falguni Kothari is a mytho romance book.In this book Falguni has used ‘Karna’ the son of Surya Dev and ‘Draupadi’ the daughter of King Panchali as the lead protagonist but … by using epic Mahabharata as a base ,she has penned their love story in effective way.

Though in the Mahabharata war ‘Karna ’and ‘Draupadi ’ die due to different reasons .But now in 21st century they reunite here only to protect Draupadi ′s daughter from the modern -age demons .

Falguni with great efficiency ha
Amie's Book Reviews
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-novels
I enjoyed this unique tale that mixes Indian mythology with our Western culture. Although this book does include Hindu gods, it is not a historical fantasy tale; the story has a modern setting. There are multiple plot twists that serve to keep the reader engaged throughout the entire book. Falguni Kothari has done an exceptional job at both world-building and at creating compelling characters. This is the first book in a new series and I m looking forward to diving into the next book as soon as ...more
Joan Mitchell
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-have-won
A great adventure story. The author says in the prologue that this story is loosely based on the mythic lore of India, I am not that familiar with India or its myths, but that made no difference. I love it when gods and goddesses have human traits and act no different from us humans even though they have miraculous powers. This story was about family, both bound by blood and bound by gods. It was fast paced and even though you thought you knew the ending and who would win the war, you were still ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that Falguni Kothari's newest book "Soul Warrior" took me a little bit to get into. But that's mainly because the genre is not what I would normally pick up. Nonetheless it seemed intriguing enough so I wanted to give it go.
I am not really familiar with mythology, Greek, Indian or otherwise. But I liked that the author gave the gods human qualities and wrote them in a way that you could relate to them. I also liked the blend of modern and ancient worlds, mystical and human realm
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It makes you think, wonder, enjoy and smile....all at the same time. Very well written, an absolute page turner. It will surely stir your soul and you will talk about this book with all your reader friends!
May 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not only was it unrealistic and quite unrelatable to the real events and characters(whose names have conveniently been borrowed and tagged on total strangers) we know and love, it was also generously sprinkled with unnecessary jargon at the wrong places that only ruined my reading experience . Many of the characters truly appeared misfits and disturbingly inconsistent with the traditional roles and personalities we've always associated them with. Although there were moments of suspense, the auth ...more
Kailas Ramachandran
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A fictional account of what happens to the heroes of Mahabharatha ....breezy read...more to come though!
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