Author: Rohit Gaur
Pages: 280 (Ebook)
Publisher: Rohit Gaur Studios
Release Date: April 2, 2016
Source: I bought this book myself, but received payment in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.
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“Ganesha’s Temple”, by Rohit Gaur, is a great book to introduce young readers to Hindu culture. When the rebels decide to attack during a festival in honor of Ganesha, Tarun is forced to run for his life. Meanwhile, the safety of his entire family is jeopardized. When Ganesha, the mystical being himself, appears to Tarun in his hour of need, the boy is given an offer he cannot deny. Sweep into the Veiled Lands, a mysterious and fantastical world with unique creatures, Tarun is given the quest of finding three magical objects. The future of both worlds and of his own mother rests on his shoulders.
Rohit managed to create a book using beautiful words to created vivid scenarios. However, sometimes I believe that the language became too rich, with an excessive use of adverbs and adjectives which made the descriptions drag on. Additionally, the seriousness of the political setting in the Bare Lands seemed to contrast a lot with the rather childish view of the Veiled Lands where all inhabitants have reptilian faces or are covered in fur or feathers. Nevertheless, the danger is felt in all locations throughout the book, creating a constant sense of suspense. Foreshadowing is also used incredibly well throughout the novel, without revealing too much information, while the book itself ends with a fantastic cliffhanger that surely leaves the reader thirsty for more.
I think that “Ganesha’s Temple” was a great start to the “Temple Wars” series. Set in a contemporary environment with real conflicts, it still provides the magical twist by introducing the reader to the mystical Hindu world. It brings to light serious themes such as religion, family bonds, grief, political tension, war, the importance of wisdom, righteousness, persistence and the need to believe in ourselves. All these are essential for a good YA novel and “Ganesha’s Temple” sure fits the bill.