The Heartless Divine was my first South-Asian Reading Challenge (SARC 2020) book for the month of February and I’m utterly overjoyed to have started it off with this book. If you’d like to know more about the SARC 2020, follow this link to find out! ❤
Am I postponing diving into the review? How dare you call me out like that.
The Heartless Divine, first of all is not a light read. Which means, it doesn’t let up. There are no breaks in this book, you just have to feel everything. There are many points at which many of the metaphors are beyond even the reader’s understanding, however the book has so much emotion that you just connect with it without any effort on your part. In general, my heart has a very special place for reincarnation stories and I think The Heartless Divine has truly managed to capture the depth of one and what the relationship feels like to those involved and what it looks like to those around.
Following this, it’s important to mention the protagonists: Suri and Kiran. The whole story is cupped in the palms of both their hands and they are the ones that carry us from from the shores and into the depths. It’s wonderful seeing the two different timelines of their lives and the resulting manifestation of their personalities to suit their situation and time. There wasn’t a moment where I doubted timeline I was reading in when it came to these two characters. The angst. Oooof. All you Indian souls, it’s our kinda drama. Shruti and I were certainly making fun of ourselves, but gosh, that didn’t stop us from acknowledging how much we loved it. So mock it if you want, but love it, you will. *wink*
The secondary characters, however, are not as well developed or delved deeply into as much as the protagonists. This could’ve worked out had they not had their own impact on the lives of the MCs. Seeing some background on them would’ve completed the story in a perfect way. However, despite that, my heart was still moved by some of the characters who we see rather often and whose personalities were recognisable.
I will admit, I lost a bit of coherence at parts, especially when the questions were many and many and the answers were so little and barely revealing. I do believe that perhaps I lost quite a bit from not breaking down certain metaphors that may be hidden within already hidden metaphors (yeah, see what I mean?). But that doesn’t take away from the beautiful writing, poetry like phrases and almost magical feel to the story. To say the least, the whole book is rich in everything it puts out for the readers. God, I loved this book.
I’m hovering between a 4 and a 4.5 rating, so I’m going to let you decided what you feel about it–by which I mean, read it, please. The Heartless Divine is available for free for KU subscribers. You guys! Get on this, please! Highly recommend! ❤ ❤