Hell! No Saints in Paradise by A.K Asif, an urban fantasy with a riveting storyline. A simple tale of good versus evil – hell vs paradise. Ismael who is the protagonist of the story resonates the very essence of a man who rises as an unfettered slave by his estranged father that transforms to a man daring to leave his city to an unknown territory just to dislodge from his father. After encountering a spiritual cleansing course, Ismael takes up a precarious journey to find peace with his inner self.
Ismael’s quest to view the bigger picture overcoming all the odds becomes an incredibly layered narrative of perseverance, courage, and ultimately the triumph of good over evil – especially the evil within. This vivid story also portrays the harsh limitations and oppressions enforced by the religion on its people and the mayhem it can cause if the power is placed in wrong hands. From start to end, this book impersonates cocktail of contrasts, from poignant moments to bursts of brutality from ironical wit to absolute tragedy.
To me, this book is enticing in bits and drab in some parts, but as the plot unfolds, it gets interesting. Go for it, only if satire and dystopian fiction is your cup of tea.
P.S: I received a copy from Writer’s Melon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.