Divine Promises
Divine Promises

Review: Divine Promises – Sahitya Sparsh Award 2024

Divine Promises by Preethi Baladev – A Rollercoaster Journey of Mythology and Adventure


Divine Promises by Preethi Baladev clinched the 2024 Sahitya Sparsh Award in the Fiction>Myths>Legends & Sagas category. This captivating narrative artfully merges elements of mythology, adventure, and self-discovery. Preethi Baladev’s storytelling prowess shines through as she intricately weaves together these themes, crafting a tale that resonates with readers on multiple levels. The recognition from the Sahitya Sparsh Award further underscores the novel’s impact, solidifying its place as a compelling and engaging work of fiction.


Set against the backdrop of an ancient clan facing imminent destruction from a volcanic threat, the story follows Rylan, a young engineer, who is chosen by Lord Hanuman to save his hometown.

The Journey Begins

Alongside the beautiful geologist Mythili, Rylan embarks on a frantic race against time to return the ‘fiery beast’ to its origins, leading to a revelation that shatters his perception of reality.

A Blend of Mythology and Modernity

From the outset, Baladev’s storytelling grips readers with its vivid imagery and fast-paced narrative. The author’s ability to blend mythology with modern-day challenges is commendable, creating a narrative that feels both timeless and relevant.

Character Development

The character development of Rylan is particularly compelling, as he grapples with his past and questions the path his life has taken.

A Multifaceted Narrative

The book’s strength lies in its ability to appeal to a wide audience. Fans of mythology will appreciate the intricate details and references to Hindu mythology, while those seeking action and adventure will be captivated by the high-stakes quest undertaken by the protagonists. Furthermore, the incorporation of scientific analysis adds a layer of depth to the story, making it intellectually stimulating as well.

Writing Style and Language

Baladev’s writing style is another highlight of the book. Her language is rich and evocative, painting vivid pictures of the landscapes and characters. The book’s pacing is excellent, keeping readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

A Cinematic Experience

As I read Divine Promises, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a Hollywood movie unfold before my eyes. The blend of emotion, mythology, action, and adventure is masterfully done, creating a truly immersive reading experience.


In conclusion, Divine Promises is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted story that transports them to another world. Preethi Baladev’s talent shines through in this novel, and I have no doubt that she will become one of India’s greatest writers. I highly recommend this book to all book lovers, as it is truly a divine experience that should not be missed.

Also read: Author Interview – Preethi Baladev – Winner Sahitya Sparsh Award

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