By Indian Authors Fiction Historical fiction

The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Neelakantan – Book review


The Rise of Sivagami (Baahubali: Before the Beginning #1) Book Cover The Rise of Sivagami (Baahubali: Before the Beginning #1)
Anand Neelakantan
March 15th 2017
Read on my Kindle

Blessed by the sacred Gauriparvat, Mahishmathi is an empire of abundance. The powerful kingdom is flourishing under its king, who enjoys the support and loyalty of his subjects, down to his lowly slaves. But is everything really as it appears, or is the empire hiding its own dirty secret?

Orphaned at a young age and wrenched away from her foster family, Sivagami is waiting for the day she can avenge the death of her beloved father, cruelly branded a traitor. Her enemy? None other than the king of Mahishmathi. With unflinching belief in her father’s innocence, the fiery young orphan is driven to clear his name and destroy the empire of Mahishmathi against all odds. How far can she go in her audacious journey?

From the pen of masterful storyteller and bestselling author Anand Neelakantan, comes The Rise of Sivagami, the first book in the series Baahubali: Before the Beginning. A tale of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal, the revelations in The Rise of Sivagami will grip the reader and not let go.


‘Baahubali’ movie, I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t watched the movie and not smitten by the characters. This book is a prequel to the ‘Baahubali’ movie. I wanted to buy this book since the time this book was available for pre-order but I was not able to pre-order it and finally bought its Kindle edition. So let’s see what this book offers.

Plot summary:

The story of this book moves with the characters. Each chapter is titled with the name of characters.

Sivagami, our powerful queen is a teenager. She is the daughter of traitor Devaraya, who was punished by the King Somadeva in a very cruel manner. The only aim of her life is to destroy the kingship of Mahismati and revenge her father’s death. Destiny or plan (we can’t say anything now) makes her live in the royal orphanage of Mahismati, which is ‘royal’ just by the name. Here she meets Kamakshi and Gundu Ramu. Which later plays interesting role in story.

Another powerful character of ‘Baahubali’ was Kattapa, this book gives a detailed insight of Kattapa’s life. He is the son of Malyappa, slave of King Somadeva. He is dedicated to his duty of slave towards Prince Bijjala. His other brother Shivappa is totally opposite and doesn’t accept the destiny of slave. The life account of Kattapa is really interesting to read.

Apart from this, there are various characters which have their own selfishness from Mahismati. Pattaraya, Hundimba, Pratap, Roopak and Keki. And there is also a person named Skandadas who is honest with the kingdom.

Price Bijjala is a hot-headed, dumb man who is manipulated by the various people whereas Prince Mahadeva is kind, soft-spoken person.

Mahismati is a blessed, invincible Kingdom and everyone gives credit to the sacred Gauriparvat. But there is various wrongdoings happening in the Kingdom, which is actually the reason the Mahismati’s glory. You need to read this book to know what it is.

Writing style:

This book is written in the simplest manner. The author has narrated the story in very ease, after finishing you doesn’t feel like you have read a book with more than 400 pages.

My perception:

Incredible!  I know Anand Neelakantan is a master storyteller but never actually read his any of books. This was the first book of him I read and I am totally impressed. I am going to read his other books soon. 🙂 This book has every element which gets your attention and makes you hooked till the last. It was really great to read the story of the beginning of Mahismati kingdom. I am eagerly waiting for the next book as this book has heart throbbing end. You don’t need a reason to read this book; it is a powerful book which you should read no matter what genre you like!

Grab a copy of this book from here, 

Until next time, Keep reading 🙂 

Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.


  • Purba Chakraborty June 30, 2017 Reply

    Very well reviewed dear 🙂

    • Sheetal Maurya July 2, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much dear 🙂

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • #newpost of the blog 📣 
#bookreview #theceleritasfiles by @ishan.majumdar1 | Published by
Rating 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 .
You hardly come across with the thriller book which is based in the corporate world. The cover and the title of this book is an instant catch. As I have not read much of the corporate-based books, I was not sure to like this book. However, when I start reading this book, I found it truly amazing. I would like to congratulate the author for his debut book as well as would like to show my gratitude for giving me a chance to read and review it. 😊
💼 Do check the full review on the blog, link is in profile 💼
#bookreviewer #haloofbooks #booksaremylife #bookbloggers #booklover #indianbookworm #indianbookblogger #indianbookreviewer #bookworm #booksaremylife #bookphotography #bibilophile #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #bookstagramindiafeature #bookishindian #instablog #bookporn #booknerd #Indianauthor #thriller #suspence #gripping #unputdownable #mystery #booksof2017 #corporateindia #darkmystery
  • Entry 2 @thebookishtales #thebookishtalesnavratrigiveaway
  • Thanks for this giveaway Padmaja ❤ @thebookishtales #thebookishtalesnavratrigiveaway
  • Thanks for this giveaway @a_south_indian_hippie #asihgiveaway
  • Thank you for this giveaway @books_and_teaa 😊
  • Entry 3 @booksteaandmore 
#booksteaandmoregiveaway #celebratingindianliterature
  • Entry 2 @booksteaandmore 
#booksteaandmoregiveaway #celebratingindianliterature
  • Entry 1 thank you for this giveaway @booksteaandmore 
#booksteaandmoregiveaway #celebratingindianliterature

%d bloggers like this: