Aryaveer: The Guardian of Dakshin Durg by Mary John Williams is a tale filled with adventure and mystery. With an intricately woven plot, the book tells us the love story of Aryaveer (a fearless warrior) and Meera (a princess trapped in a web of conspiracies). The story-line has a good number of twists and turns. The plot of this historical romance not only grabs the attention of the readers from the first page itself, but also holds the same till the last page. The pace of the story-line is neither too fast nor too slow.
Let us turn our attention to the story-line. Aryaveer, the Army General of Bhupala kingdom, is one of the main reasons behind the supremacy of this kingdom. He is known for his hard-hearted nature. However, his life takes a turn when he falls in love with Meera, a princess of a different kingdom. Her company gradually detaches his heart from the brutalities of war and slaughter. Though Meera is a princess by birth, her own father is after her life. Aryaveer gives her a shelter in his house and tries to protect her from the evil eyes of the world. In the meanwhile, prince Indra (the heir to the throne of Bhupala kingdom) vanishes without a trace and this leaves the king infuriated. The wounded king hatches a noxious plan to become the emperor of India. The duty of executing this plan falls on the shoulders of Aryaveer. Now, Aryaveer is in a fix. He has to save his love from her father. At the same time, he has to carry out the deadly plans of the king. Will Aryaveer help the king to become the emperor of India, or will he attempt to shield his love from the dim whirlwind of voracity and hate? Read the book to know the answers of these fascinating questions.
The characters of this book instantly make a place in your heart. The main protagonists of this novel are deeply complex but wonderful people who attempt to advance through a rough and unfair world. However, they do it while keeping their honour and respectability in place. Aryaveer is a valiant man. While he had a rough childhood, he is lethal on the battleground. He is ruthless and ready to do whatever he needs to do to win. At the same time, he is sympathetic, reasonable and decent off the battlefield. Meera, on the other hand, is a spirited heroine who is both beautiful and tender-hearted. In addition to these main characters, there are a number of other characters who leave an impression on your heart. In particular, I would like to mention about the character of Dharmishta. The twisted fate of this character is the saddest part of this book. According to me, some more ink should have been spent in writing about her. Her character appears in the book, makes an impression on you, and suddenly meets a tragic death. She certainly deserved more space in the book.
The first thing that lures you towards this book is its captivating cover. It certainly lured me in. It is beautifully done. The blurb is ok but could have been more enticing. The ending of this book is more than satisfactory but it is not the one that will blow your mind away. In the end, I feel that this book has all the ingredients to appeal a number of readers.