Title: Kindling: Prequel to Rage of the Immortals
Author: Kanika Singhal
Publisher: Notion Press
First Publication: 2022
Book Summary: Kindling by Kanika Singhal
If the Liege of Hell had his way, he would protect the King of Heaven forever. Cifer would let himself be cut down if it meant Atom’s safety. But Atom chafes under his protection. What use is love if it takes away your freedom?
Nightmare enters Cifer’s service to repay her debt. She encounters Atom, the dashing King of Heaven, and they become inseparable. The lonely Pfeline shifter and the hurting liege of Heaven find comfort in their friendship. But Atom can’t give her more. What use is his body and his soul if his heart belongs to another?
Atom would never confess his love, never act on it. But when a dangerous enemy threatens his beloved, will he protect her even at the cost of his freedom?
What if the cost is her freedom?
This is NOT a love story. This is a story about Love, about how we burn ourselves up as kindling to keep their house warm. And they don’t even know.
Book Review: Kindling by Kanika Singhal
The author, Kanika Singhal’s most recent work, titled “Kindling,” is a prequel to her book “Rage of the Immortals.” The narrative centres on two brothers: Cifer, who rules the Underworld, and Atom, the king of Heaven. Both brothers are kings in their own realms. They are two of the countless offspring of God and Goddess, Dave and Davie, who reside in the mysterious place known as Nether-here-nor-there. Cifer has a tremendous amount of affection for his younger brother, Atom, and he tends to look after him constantly.
Cifer and Ivprith, the lady of the wild, have developed feelings for one another and intend to marry in the near future. Atom, on the other hand, went through the exact same thing when Cifer introduced him to Ivprith; he was immediately smitten with her, but he buried his feelings for her deep down inside of him. Nightmare, a shape-shifting cat, begins working for Cifer in order to pay off what she owes to him. She crosses paths with Atom, the swoon-worthy King of Heaven, and the two of them quickly develop friendship and become support systems for each other. Vishaad, a warrior Ukhab who thrives on others’ suffering, steps in at this point and sets his sights on Atom as his prey. To save Atom from Vishaad, Cifer, Ivprith, Nightmare, and the rest of the crew would do whatever was in their power.
The plot takes several unexpected turns right from the start, making for an exciting roller coaster journey. The world-building is just stunning, full of new experiences. It is exceptionally imaginative and easy to visualise. This is a book that lays an emphasis on topics such as friendship and companionship, perseverance, self-confidence, and the ease with which fear may be linked to animosity. The author did a wonderful job with both the narrative and the overall pacing. Every page was a pleasure to read, and even though I thought I had the whole story figured out, the author surprised me with plot twists that I had no idea were going to happen.
Kanika Singhal has a wonderful way with words when it comes to telling stories. She clearly has extensive knowledge of mythology, which she uses to craft an intriguing, interesting, and intelligent story. In addition to the incredible character development, Kanika constructed an incredible fantasy world with an ode to some myths and legends we’re familiar with. In some aspects, it is complex and unique, but in other ways, it has echoes of classic fantasies. It was undeniable evidence of Kanika’s ability to captivate the attention of her audience and lead them on an exciting journey via her writing.
From an excellently imaginative world full of supernatural beings to emotional responsiveness flooding through friendship, sibling love, and heartache, this fantasy novel has all the necessary ingredients of a classic adventure. It is ideal for both children and adults who are looking for a new and exciting addition to their lives. I am so thrilled by the infinite potential of this whole new fantasy universe that has been shown to us, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.