Vikram and the Enchanted Seals by Sanjiv Behera

Vikram and the Enchanted Seals by

By Sanjiv Behera

293 pages – ages 9+

Published by Rickshaw Books 2010

BEWARE – The world may be destroyed by evil creatures known as Rakshasas! Vikram didn’t want to be in India. He had to go because his grandmother (who he never met) passed away and his family was going to her funeral. One morning, Vikram and his grandfather have a good talk and his grandfather trusts Vikram with a family heirloom, a seal. The next day, Vikram’s grandfather is missing and Vikram realizes that he was kidnapped by mythical giant creatures called Rakshasas. More importantly, they were looking for the seal that Vikram now has. Vikram gets the help of his little brother, Jai, and Manu, Vikram’s grandfather’s servant, and they set off to rescue Grandfather. The journey is VERY dangerous and Vikram begins to realize that the entire world is in danger and the seal his grandfather gave him may be the key to saving it!

I think this was a fabulous book! I really liked Vikram as a main character but my favorite character was Yuma (a Rakshasa who was good). Mr. Behera really describes the town and forests of India well, I could imagine myself there. Don’t let the frightening image on the cover fool you, the creature is a Rakshasa and it is kind of scary but the book isn’t that scary. Speaking of illustrations, there are some really great illustrations all through out the book. They are really detailed and give you a better idea of what is going on in the story. The story is actually based on the Ramayana myth from India and I think that’s pretty cool. I would have liked the book to go into a little more detail. I thought the action parts were a little short and they could have been a bit more involved, like getting out of King Kama’s prison and the final battle scene. The scenes were good, I just wanted more! The story was really enjoyable in all. It pretty much had everything, even characters you were rooting for. There was also a heroine, Toral. She was brave and really helped Vikram out. I’d recommend the book to kids 9+. There is some non-graphic violence (they have to defeat the Rakshasas after all).

Four out of five bookworms for “Vikram and the Enchanted Seals”

To learn more about Vikram and the Enchanted Seals and Mr. Behera’s other books, please visit Rickshaw Boos HERE. Vikram and the Enchanted Seals can be purchased on Kindle and as a paperback at Amazon or as a paperback at Rickshaw Books.

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29 replies

  1. Great review as always – wow you read a lot of books 🙂

  2. This one does have a very Indian feel to it. I assume that’s a Rakshasha on the cover. He looks like the Incredible Hulk from the old tv show I watched as a kid. 🙂

    Notice you’ve got the new Christopher Paul Curtis book already. I want to read that one!

    • Yes it’s a Rakshasa and it’s a girl Rakshasa! I read “Bud not Buddy” from Mr. Curtis and I was supposed to go to a book signing with him a couple months ago but his wife had a baby and he couldn’t come. Now he is coming next week! I wanted to read The Mighty Miss Malone before the book signing!

      • Awesome! I’m jealous! Have you read his book Elijah of Buxton? I read it soon after I finished The Candle Star and was amazed at the way they complimented each other. Elijah is the story of a runaway slave boy who settles in a free black community in Canada across the border from Detroit!

      • I have not read that one, but it sounds like I will like it! I will have to put that on my list 🙂 THanks for telling me about it!

      • Mr. Curtis was also supposed to come to the school where I teach for a visit in January, but when his wife had a baby, he had to reschedule. We’re really excited that he’s coming to our school on March 15! Enjoy the book event with him next week, Erik!

      • I know he missed a lot of things, but at least he had a good reason! I am glad he is going to your school too! I am going to the book signing at Harleysville Books on the 13th 🙂

  3. I am glad you warned me that the book isn’t scary as the cover, as the cover does put me off a bit. I do love books about India, so that is quite an incentive here for me/

  4. A thoughtful analysis, Erik. Congrats!

  5. Wow!–sounds like a great book! I used to get in trouble for reading too! 🙂 You read A LOT! 😀

    I love reading; but since I’m moving to Canada I can’t visit the Library anymore. (wouldn’t want to accidentally take a book along with us.) 🙁

    The other day I even tried reading the 4th Harry Potter book COMPLETELY in just 1 day! It has 37 chapters in all–I only got to chapter 20 that day.

  6. Erik,

    Thanks again for the kind review! I can only wish that at your age, I had read as much as you have.

    I would also like to thank all of those who commented on the cover. The cover is currently undergoing a “redesign” which I hope will appeal to more readers. The intent with the existing cover was to capture a classic, Indian comic-book feel, since one such comic plays an important role in the story.

    I will update you once a new cover is complete. And hopefully, it will capture the essence of the myth that Vikram is based upon, without scaring anyone off…

    Thanks again for your insights,
    Sanjiv Behera

    • Hi Mr. Behera!

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked my review! Your story is really great! I think if you make the Rakshasa look a little less frightening it would work. I can’t wait to see the new cover!

      Thanks again,

    • Nice to meet you, Mr. Behera. Congrats on your book, and thanks for making it free on Amazon. I look forward to reading it with my boys. No doubt it will make its way to my blog, too. 🙂 Erik has sent a number of great books my way.

  7. Your sure read a lot and very fast. I love reading but I usually take my time. This story sounds fasinating, but I am afraid the cover would have put me off picking it up in the library. Great review and thanks for teaching us that we shouldn’t judge a book by its

    • Thank you Ms. Tulloch! I do read fast and I don’t know why. I think I get into stories and I want to know what happens next. This is a very interesting book with a good story! My mom first said that I couldn’t review the book just because of the cover but then she agreed to read the book before me to see if it was appropriate and she said she thought it was a story I would like! You can’t judge a book by its cover!!! HA HA HA!! 🙂

  8. you sure read a lot of books, Erick. This book sounds very interesting but because of its cover I would not have picked it up. Great review all the same, thanks for sharing.

  9. Another very good review, Erik. In a few years, I’ll bet you will enjoy a book titled “The Life of Pi.” It is the story of another Indian boy who has an adventure. I won’t tell you any more because I do not want to spoil it for you, but maybe you can ask your mom to check it out.

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