Fractured Legend

Title: Fractured Legend
Author: Kranthi Askani
Publisher: APK Publishers
Genre: Fiction

Fractured Legend by Kranthi Askani tries to illustrate different aspects of women’s suffering in the society with crude and gothic elements and hope in the form of illuminating change for the betterment. 

The book is broadly divided into three sections, each depicting a story of a shattered woman. A slave, a killer & a daughter, each struggling with their dark pasts, clinging to the only thing they have: hope. Priyambada, a temple slave, is longing for her freedom from the past. Nandhini, a professional assassin, finds herself in the crosshairs for her interest in a mystifying manuscript. A grieving daughter Pravalli is drafting a long letter to her mother encompassing her feelings and anticipation. Making this a spoiler-free review, I will avoid giving any further details; because, at the end, it’s not the destination which really matters but the journey. 

Almost every time I read a book or watch a movie, I like to share my thoughts with friends, have a discussion over it for hours. But this book turns out to be an exception. After I finished reading this one, I didn't know what to say about this book and especially how. There were many things I liked about it and many that I hated. As usually let me count the pros first; being a debut, writing of the author is most appreciated. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself quoting lines of this book in your daily discussion or to your loved ones, words from the author have this effect embedded. The genuinely intertwining phrases with literal references and gothic rudiments are the best part of this book, in fact the only best part. Contents of the book are lagging and somewhat irritating. Characters don’t really connect with the reader either. Even with the ghastly backdrops and heart wrenching characterization, the untidy story flow fails to melt your heart. And most of the time, you end up cherishing only the brooding verses without any feelings attached to them. 

Leave this book out if you are a reader of those cheap Shrishti publication books of railway stations (which however won’t make you a reader at all) as this is far beyond that. Even after pointing out all the bad things, I would highly recommend this book to all the wannabe writers as in to learn a few things about writing techniques and avoid the mistakes of the story flow. I would love to see more gripping work from the author in future.

Rating: 3/5

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