If we talk about a movie we watched or a book we read, the first question would be who are the hero and heroine. Because we have always been conditioned in such a way that we are unable to fathom a book without both. Hence the title Chess without Queen itself is intriguing. The title is representative of the whole plot since the book is political chess.
The review of the books of this craft is tricky because the chances of spoilers are more. The plot begins with Rishabh who is planning to return to India to follow in his father’s footsteps in politics. In the background of political rivalry between Lok Sewa Party and Pradesh Jan Dal, the whole plot is the crux of Indian Politics in nutshell. Uttar Pradesh is a state that has always had more representatives and influence in the center. Hence no other area could be selected for this particular story. The subplot of the slum dwellers in Daliganj and the bloodthirsty media has added more spices to an already spicy plot. The author has got a piece very thorough knowledge of Indian politics and its internal discords. As the title suggests, each+ character is a part of the chess and the plot is the chess master. The characters are crafted quite well and sink with the plot.
At some point, too many characters seemed confusing but later the pieces fall into place like in a game of chess. The book is indeed an entertainer that can engage those who are interested in a political thriller. Due to the niche political topic, the book could have a thin target audience. At some point, the lack of a queen in chess seemed irrelevant.
Entertaining political thriller
Scenario: 4 /5