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Yama's Lieutenant

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The inhabitants of the thousand hells of Yama have broken free from their prison and vowed to wreak havoc on the heavens, the earth and hell. With the fiendish Hatakas and Narakamayas teamed up with Naganara, a terrifying necromancer hungry for power, the universe is headed for war and destruction unless one human has something to do with it.
Agni Prakash, a debonair young
Paperback, 361 pages
Published June 8th 2016 by Random House India
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Anuja Chandramouli It is a work of fiction but the mythic element is based on the ancient idea of Yama.

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Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

My reaction after reading the book: WOW!! It did exceed my expectations. I am giving the novel a rating of 4.5

Before I proceed to reviewing the book please allow me to introduce Yama to you. In ancient Indian mythology, Yama or Yamraj is the God of Death – the Guardian of the Naraka (the numerous hells) – the Ruler of the Netherworld. He is popularly depicted as a burly man with a huge mustache, wea
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A few months ago, while walking alone in a newly inaugurated Mall in a city, unconsciously, under the impulse of an irresistible urge that usually occupies me very consciously, whenever I reach near a book shop, I once more entered into the shop in a temptation to know how would it feel to touch and see those new arrivals and how would it feel reading a random page without any intention from those classics, which were obstinately placed on their respective shelves. Under the Indian author catego ...more
In the end, we only go where our hearts lead us.

Now that's what I call a book.

Being a fan of Indian Mythology, I was bound to love Yama's Lieutenant.

I didn't know the stories about Yama and Yami, so I googled the established mythologies about them, started the book and BOOM!!!

Agni Prakash, the protagonist, is a simple man, wanting to overcome the tragic death of his twin sister Varu, who then is informed that he has been the chosen one - Yama's Lieutenant and will be asked to do all the s
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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With Yama's Lieutenant, Anuja has proved that she is the most talented author in Indian Mythology coliseum.

A handful of dark forces and evil creatures have been freed because Yama's power to prevent them in hell is reducing.
Only one man can help him restore his abilities.
This man is ready to serve his time and even life to assist him in the best possible way.

Seems easy, no?

No. Not really.

Agni Prakash is also in trauma due to loosing his beloved sister.
Fighting and going on this que
Vishnu Chevli
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is nothing better than reviewing your wishlist book. "Yama's Lieutenant" made its place in my wishlist, the day I saw book on Amazon. I didn't even checked blurb of the book, all I checked was cover and author's name. Author made sure that reader won't get disappointed. I would like to salute Anuja Chandramouli to combine mythology and action thriller into one genre wonderfully.

Book has two parallels both related to Yama, one was directly related while another was indirectly.

Part 1 - The
Anish Kohli
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
27/2/19: Full review up

Note: Free copy in exchange for an honest review.

*Sighs* Yeah this is gonna be one of those reviews! You know the ones, right? No? The ones where the disappointment and dissatisfaction rules? Yeah, that one! Damn it!

First up, an apology to the author for taking so long in providing a review. It was not the intent to delay it.

So let me start with the obvious. For anyone who doesn’t know what Yama (Yamraj) is, here is a quick intro. Yama is the Indian equivalent of Hades
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-shelf
From certain internal stories and Hindu myths brought to life, I really wanted to like this work a lot more than I did.

It is ambitious and a great deal happens in both plot and character progression, but for the most part, it's generally only two-directions. Most of the concerns are with the underworld where all the undesirables are sent, Agni, and Yama and Yami's problems with a prophesied marraige, and an epic scale prolonged conflict with the necromancer.

The action scenes are highly amusing,
Rohit Enghakat
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway, fantasy
Note - Free copy from the author in exchange of a review. Thank you Anuja Chandramouli for the copy. I was intrigued by the title so I agreed to review this.

The book is a fantastically written (pun intended). It deals with a young lad Agni Prakash, a human being, who is anointed as Yama's lieutenant to fight the evil forces out to conquer the three worlds i.e. heaven, hell and earth with the help of a kritya, a divine woman with magical powers. Agni Prakash is heartbroken over his twin sister V
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(Note: I received book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Thank to author. I’m glad I got a chance to read this book.)
*Stars: 4.5/5*

Yama's Lieutenant is mind-blowing Indian mythology fiction.
First of all, those who doesn’t know Indian mythology, little clarification for them- Yama is ruler of underworlds, Hades in Greek mythology. Seeing that cover above? That’s how he look in Indian mythology.

Characters- Protagonist, Agni. Yes, book revolves around this character but there are o
Jerry Jose
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This might be a highly inappropriate analogy, but to me Yama's Lieutenant atleast in parts, felt like Devil May Cry with Hindu pantheon. Though there is no Virgil for our Dante, he was equipped with two four-eyed hounds from hell, Chandrama and Suryama, for Ebony and Ivory.

The main story follows the adventures of Agni Prakash who has to 'Odd Thomas' his way off Arakshas, and keep the balance of both worlds. The initial real world take easily faded out after protagonist's recruit, and even sub na
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF at 25%

MYTHOLOGY WAS NEVER MY THING. That still stands true.

This book stands against every moral I hold close and portrays a topic or subject I am not sure I’m comfortable reading. The reason why I decided to drop it after months of trying to get through is precisely that. Otherwise, I think the writing style was really good, even if a bit pretentious.
Rating purely based on my feelings, not on merit.

Many thanks to the author Anuja Chandramouli for providing a review copy of this book. I’m
Arun Divakar
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Note : Copy of the book sent by the author for review.

For a vaguely similar reason the title of this book brought another author and series to mind. Terry Pratchett’s Mort was about Death getting an apprentice from the mortal realms followed by their adventures and the name of the book put me in that mind-set. In Hindu mythology, Yama is the lord of death and a story about his lieutenant brought Discworld to mind and yet the similarity ended there as these two stories are as different as chalk
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
My thanks to the author for a review copy of the book.

This fantasy–adventure with a basis in mythology is the story of a young man, Agni Prakash, who suffering intense grief from the loss of his twin sister Varu (Varuna), finds himself “recruited” by a mysterious yet charming silver goddess to be Yama’s Lieutenant. As Yama’s Lieutenant he finds himself having to fight the grotesque and dangerous arakshas, the tortured souls in Yama’s charge who have escaped the underworld and are wreaking havoc
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(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)


Agni Prakash is grieving the death of his twin sister Varu and there's nothing anyone can do about it. He feels empty without his sister who was like a part of him. The emptiness leads him to waste away his life, until he is given a task. 'The Chosen One' is a trope I enjoyed in Harry Potter but it has been so oft repeated that it's hard to get excited about it and I was a bit wary when Agni
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I have previously read and enjoyed the works by this author. Arjuna, Kamadeva and Shakti have all been retellings of stories that we have heard before but with her own twist. And it has worked well for the author. Yama’s Lieutenant is however a fantasy fiction with which the author has given her writing a new direction.

Agni Prakash, our protagonist, is naturally a suave personality but comes with some baggage. The loss of his twin sister has changed his world and his life completely. When he is

This book was something

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I received the Review Copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review. For the record, I’m always honest in my reviews. Sometimes brutally.

Remember me talking about the prejudice I had against Indian authors and it being shattered half way because of Karachi Deception by Shatrujeet Nath. (Review:

Well, talk about shattering that prejudice all the
Rahul Khatri
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Mind- Boggling Mythological Thriller !!!

After back to back bestsellers, Anuja Chandramouli is back with "Yama's Lieutenant ". Mired with mythology and fantasy, her books stretches from 300-350 pages but the readers need not to worry about the length because of the gripping tale. Once you will start reading, your eyes will stick to the pages, engrossed in reading, and the fingers will start turning pages automatic
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Special Thanks to The Author for sending Me this Thrilling book to me
(so much in awe)

First things first :
This Is A Mythological Thriller .(i think it as it has kept me shocked through the twists like a Roller Coaster)
Books with food are always the best especially If it is with Bournvita
(It Was so Catchy i was Happier with The first PARA Itself). (*squeaks with Delight*)
Description of The gods and the goddesses we really didn't know about.
and the depth in the Mythlogical world
Book Inside a
Aryan Sarath
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A brilliant story which makes you to read from the beginning till the end with no break. Author has made it sound like real through her language and the characters had lived through the story.

Agni is the protagonist. He loses his 6 year old twin sister Varuna. There was an event in Maduram City and Kiran Raj - Deputy Commisioner takes charge. At the same time Araksha causes a major fire accident in a school accident but surprisingly no kids sustain any burn injuries.

Agni summons Chandrama and Su
Merril Anil
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all a huge thanks to the author for sharing me the book

Yama’s Lieutenant for me personally is a good read because of its unique story treatment. I loved the whole concept of altering path of death and the workings of a soldier of death. For me personally who had a week full of reading indian fiction that was solely based on mythologies, this was a breath of fresh air for being a fast paced thriller

The narration is good but yes it has a bit of trouble because the scenes fluctuates with
Vikas Datta
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Most absorbing... the author has taken an ominous but obscure character from Indian myths, and an enduring human fear, and adapted it to contemporary times to fashion a veritable cliff-hanger where you will contest with the characters to understand who is behind the quest. Those of a fastidious bent of mind may be put off by some content - but the old myths, or fairy tales, for that matter, were never pretty, and some may find the denouement a bit telescoped, but it will still hold your unwaveri ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful chain of events woven around little known plots of Indian Mythology like Dhuromna( which I seriously am not sure if this character is a part of mythos or just a new person part of author's imagination). I had known little bit of Yami being Yama's twin sister as well as Sanjana(Sanjna as I had read in my childhood) turning into a mare although reason being somewhat different to what is present in this book. But it is this fill in the blanks kind of a quest between all those and linkin ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Historical Fictions by Anuja Chandramouli ma'm.
The story is narrated in such a manner that reader is so indulged into the well nurtured characters.
This book gives you no chance of getting bored and the curiosity of next episode is throughly maintained.
Gayatri Iyer
3.5 stars.

A commendable effort by the author.

The story is told laterally - one focuses on the happenings of Agni Prakash's joys and predominant woes, the other tells the story of Yama and his twin Yami's life. The latter is told in the form of Varu, Agni's twin, writing a story in chapters. It intertwines with the present and is partly an analogy for us (and Agni) to watch out for.

I enjoyed Yama's story much more than Agni's. Yama's story had more thrilling but subtle elements that made me
Jul 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I have not read this book. Down voting because of spam

I am down voting the rating based on the desperate self promotional spamming done by its author. This author sent me a review request, when my Goodreads homepage specifically mentions ALL SELF PROMOTIONAL SPAM WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REWARDED WITH 1* REVIEW. I predominantly read crime fiction, what's the point of recommending me this mythological story (I presume) is beyond me. Spammers never learn. Rating - 1/5

May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I got an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Yama's Lieutenant is a mythological fictional fantasy about the lives of the Gods Yama and Yami and the way the mortals Agni and Varu get entangled in them.
The book addresses the sorrow of the loss of beloved ones and teaches that with perseverance and courage, the toughest of obstacles can be overcome.
The writing was well paced and the book was well written with good characterization and a mythical plot.
Personally, the one thing I di
Ritu Mantri
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yama and his army has been cursed which greatly dwindle their power and were unable to keep demons prisoned who had escaped from the hell and are planning to break havoc in all the three worlds.

Now it is on Agni Prakash who has been appointed as Yama's Lieutenant to capture those demons. He is also given a mission to safely bring back Yama's wife to Patal Lok who has the power to seal the doors of hell.

Yama's Lieutenant is an action pack thriller fantasy novel interspersed with the story of my
Madhuri Varma
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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An enthralling amalgamation of mythology, science fiction, and action thriller (4.5/5)
Full Review:
Sriram Radhakrishnan
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It was a fascinating read!!
Kindly read my entire review on
Rahul Singh
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it

Being born to a family in a metropolis, fortunately, I have never felt religion being imposed upon me. However, the drawback of this lack of imposition is that I have heard very few stories mentioned in the Vedas and other religious texts. Nonetheless, I believe nothing can be out of one’s reach if one is a reader. My belief was proven by an email I received from one of India’s best-selling author, Anuja Chandramouli. She blessed me with a copy of her widely acclaimed novel Yama’s Lieutenant.
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Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hi ...more

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