To Make the World Beautiful for You by Kalyani Singh is a riveting young adult (YA) fantasy novel. The scaffold of the plot is build around hate vs. love…it can be gauged by its title as well.
The novel features Martia as a protagonist. However, some auxiliary characters such as Minver, Acastius, Arigue, and Prince are crucial to the overall development of the story. They from time to time nudge the story towards action, adventure, and sub climaxes. The author Kalyani Singh, right at the beginning, built an easy-to-understand introduction of characters and places. So, from the façade, we see that people under the King Zarek of Absyleous aren’t happy. In the kingdom are many villages. Some are neutral, some are with the king, while eleven villages including the Promapple village are rebels. At any cost they want to eliminate the king. They loathe royal people, palaces and their lifestyle so much so that their hearts brim with hatred against them.
They need a warrior cum assassin to overthrow the King Zarek. And Martia is that girl from the village Promapple. She is trained for that mission right since early age. However, life isn’t that straight we plan. Same fate grapples Martia when she confronts the Prince. They chug ahead. Can Martia kill the Prince as she hates all royal people?
The middle pages of the novel are filled with villagers and Martia’s endeavors to break through in the kingdom to overthrow the royals. However, she is not alone; aspirations and past pains of other characters too affect everything. The novel is fast-paced with an incredibly dose of action and adventure. In between are thrown many unexpected twists and turns. The ending of the novel is for sure going to stun readers. But before it ends, the novel asks a powerful question – can love stop hatred and unwanted killing of innocents? If you look broadly, the villagers were hijacked by their leaders and instilled with hatred against the King and his people. However, they forget that the cruelties of the king were personal, not all people associated with him are same…but it wasn’t taken as a kind gesture. For all they were like hate for hate…blood for blood.
Absolutely with kingdoms and characters the book is well placed, highly readable. The aspect of deeper love is subtly exposed. Martia was in love with the Prince and vice versa. However, there was someone else who was rooting for her. The novel takes time to develop and understand its characters. Changes of events and state of heart happen gradually, but worth the time and efforts. Written in simple language, it is one of the YA fantasy novels that don’t complicate anything. It offers huge entertainment with simplicity and lucid narration. The book deserves a sequel, absolutely.
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