Wizards of Hastin review by DForb
The Mystical Tales of Indus Valley: Wizards of Hastin
by P. Ashar
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Adventure

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Age at time of review - 10
Reviewer's Location - Fayetteville, PA, United States
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This is a collection of folk tales and fables from the Indus Valley. It follows the rivalry of two sides of a warring family. Five of the warriors are known as the Prols, and they posess great talents that help them in the fight against the Telhoths. The Telhoths are the cousins of the Prols, and are made up of the 100 sons of Wardoria, the King, Lohas, and his foster child, Karna. The story goes like this. The Prols are the masters of half the kingdom. Then, the powerhungery Telhoths trick the Prols into a fixed game of dice which causes the Prols to go into hidding for many years. When the Prols finally come back, they find that the Telhoths have gone mad with power, and refuse to relinquish the kingdom! A great war ensues, and the fate of the kingdom is in the great warriors and their "Weapons" of great power. The Prols are outnumbered by the Telhoths, but have gathered many allies for the great battle. Who will win this clash of great powers in the Indus Valley? Read this book and find out!


I really liked this book, but I'm not sure it would be for everybody. I have a great love for Greek and Roman mythology, and this book mirrors these myths, so I found the paragraph long "stories" very entertaining. I say "stories" because each paragraph is like an individual, drawn out "fact" about the bigger story of the battle between the Prols and Telhoths. The storyline gets kind of confusing in the beginning because it introduces a new character almost every paragraph, some of which never show up again. Sometimes the vagueness of this book is also a problem, as in, and I quote, "So he discharged the Serpent weapon at Trilock. He aimed the weapon at the head of Trilock. If successful it would cut off Trilock's head." It does not go into any more detail about the "Serpent Weapon". It has about 10 "most powerful weapons" in the book. I think the Indus people had a problem with adjectives, because not all of those weapons can be the most powerful, or the best, or the most almighty. Overall this is a great collection of myths from the Indus Valley with a few minor problems. Otherwise I found that this book was extremely well written(retold) and there is, in fact, a chart at the beggining of the book that highlights most of the main characters.


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