The Simoqin Prophecies by Samit Basu
Book One of the Gameworld trilogy.
A kingdom grappling with the fear that the rakshas Danh-Gem would be reincarnated soon.
A young prince with the weight of a two-hundred-year-old prophecy on his shoulders.
The last remaining descendent of a race that departed this world so magic would disappear and some semblance of balance would return.
What happens when their paths cross?
As the Goodreads blurb describes, this book is what you get when “Monty Python meets the Ramayana, Alice in Wonderland meets The Lord of the Rings and Robin Hood meets The Arabian Nights.”
Why you should read it
A chimera called Nimboopani?
A desert called Al-Ugobi?
A group of spell-casters called Hex-Men?
The references will make you laugh out loud. If you’re familiar with Indian history and mythology, the Easter eggs will have you squealing with excitement.
The Simoqin Prophecies has all the elements of an epic high fantasy story. There’s a rich world-building, mighty warriors and ancient villains, young heroes who are destined to do great things, and a brilliant narrative laced with humor that will make sure there’s not a single dull moment while reading this book.
This is hands-down one of the wittiest books I’ve read in recent times. Go ahead and treat yourself to it.
Lost and jobless, Oz applied for the position of estate manager to an Earl of Ashworth. He knows there's not the slightest chance he'll get it, and so, he arrives at the interview with his quirkiness on full display. Imagine his surprise when the people think he'd be perfect for the job and recruit him.
And thus begins Oz's stay at Cornwall where he meets the Earl, his dogs, his house staff, and becomes a part of this quaint, beautiful world so different from the hustle of London. Silas, aka the Earl of Ashworth turns out to be this tall, dark, incredibly sexy muscular man who Oz immediately has a crush on.
Will this be another of Oz's misadventures where he sleeps with his boss and ruins it all? Or are things going to turn out differently this time?