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Sinbad and The Rise of Iblis by Kevin Missal: book review

Fantasy Redemption in a Magical Middle Eastern Setting

About the book

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (14 August 2023)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages

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This book is kindly sent by Penguin India in exchange for an unbiased review.

You might be wondering why I'm still speaking in the midst of chaos. Well, the danger has now become my constant companion. In my reckless quest for power, I shattered the trust of those who once stood by my side. The words 'betrayer' and 'broken' are now etched into my very being.

But there is no time to give in to my misery. The dreaded devil, once imprisoned, has risen from the depths of Qlitop. With a legion of abominable creatures at his command, he now threatens to unleash unrestrained havoc upon the world.

Time is rapidly pushing us toward the abyss. Desperate, I must embark on a harrowing journey to acquire three mystical artifacts that can save our ravaged Earth. Yet, as fate would have it, these

objects can only be found within alternate universes, adding another layer of torment to my already tormented existence.

Prepare yourself for the final installment in Kevin Missal's Sinbad series, a gripping reimagination of the legendary sailor from the classic One Thousand and One Nights!

My thoughts

Step into a world where magic dances upon the shifting sands of a Middle Eastern dreamscape in Kevin Missal's final Sinbad series installment, "Sinbad and The Rise of Iblis." As an ardent fan of fantastical realms, I was immediately drawn into the gripping narrative that seamlessly weaves together themes of friendships, fantasy creatures, and the unbreakable human spirit.

In the midst of chaos, the protagonist's voice beckons, offering a tantalizing glimpse into a world teetering on the brink of devastation. The echoes of recklessness and betrayal resonate deeply as the protagonist grapples with the consequences of seeking power at the cost of trust. The words "betrayer" and "broken" etched upon their very being set the stage for a journey of redemption that tugs at the heartstrings.

Against this tumultuous backdrop emerges the dreaded devil, unshackled from the depths of Qlitop. With a horde of abominable creatures under his command, he threatens to unleash unrestrained havoc upon the world. Missal masterfully paints a picture of impending doom, capturing the urgency of the situation with every turn of the page.

Time becomes both a merciless adversary and a driving force, propelling the protagonist into a harrowing journey. Three mystical artifacts, the key to salvation, beckon from alternate universes. Missal's evocative prose adds a layer of torment to the already tormented existence of the protagonist, compelling readers to accompany them on this desperate quest.

As the tale unfolds, the intricate threads of friendship are woven into the narrative's fabric, showcasing the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Missal's portrayal of these bonds is a testament to his storytelling prowess, and I found myself emotionally invested in each character's journey.

Inspired by the timeless allure of One Thousand and One Nights, "Sinbad and The Rise of Iblis" stands as a reimagination of Sinbad's legendary exploits. The echoes of the classic resonate throughout the book, inviting readers on a journey that transcends time and culture.

In conclusion, Kevin Missal's "Sinbad and The Rise of Iblis" is a triumphant conclusion to the Sinbad series—a tapestry of magic, friendship, and fantasy creatures woven against the backdrop of a mesmerizing Middle Eastern setting. If you seek an immersive experience filled with redemption, alternate universes, and the unyielding human spirit, prepare to embark on this gripping adventure.

About the Author

Kevin Missal wrote his first book at the age of 14, and at 22, the St Stephens graduate was a bestselling author with the first two books in his Kalki series which were runaway successes. Kevin loves fantasy fiction and has always been a fan of mythology. His books have been featured in publications like the Sunday Guardian, The New Indian Express and Millennium Post. He lives in Gurugram and he can be contacted at

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’

hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.

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