01 March, 2016

The Samsaric by GW Lwin - [Book Review]

Book Details:

The Samsaric
Author: GW Lwin
Genre: Historical fantasy, horror
No of pages: 343
Source: A free review copy from the author through Reading addiction tours


SAMSARA: The cycle of birth, death and rebirth within the realms of existence ...

The plague of 1918 A.D. 

The mortal world is in a state of devastation. A woman wakes up in an abandoned temple of Kali, the goddess of darkness, in the ancient city of Gaya. She does not know where she is. She does not remember the events leading to this. She only hears the familiar voice of a tormented man who has haunted her dreams. He tells her a story - of a time of souls and suffering, of immortality and gods, of life and death. This, he says, is Mesopotamia. 

The SAMSARIC is a fast-paced fantasy-horror novel full of history, horror and vampirism from an ancient era. 

My Review:

This is my favorite genre and I loved the blurb itself before reading the book. The story starts at Gaya in India and goes through the old days in Mesopotamia.  The book cover doesn't look very interesting, though.

The story starts with a woman waking up at Gaya, India and a person called 'Eden' calling her 'Inanna'. Eden, a Samsaric is watching over her and tells the story behind this as the lady doesnt remember anything about her name/ existence. He introduces us to the ancient days in Mesopotamia, Samsarics, Sumerians, Vampires, their temples, legends, their beleives etc., The Samsarics are waiting for the reincarnation of their queen 'Inanna'  so that she can protect the world from dark forces. There is a lot more to the story with twists and turns. Here is a complete treat for readers who enjoy fantasy novels.

The plot, narration, and characterization are very good and I feel, this is a major plus for this book. It is slightly confusing and complex at some points, but the flow is smooth. There are some grammar mistakes, editing might have been better. Since I read about some ancient rituals related to Goddess Kali and the story has a connection to India, I could relate to the plot.

Overall, a roller coaster ride for fantasy and history lovers.

My Rating: 4/5

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About the Author:

I love anything that comprises the old and the ancient full of rich history and spirituality. For me, reading and learning from our ancient past is truly a beautiful, unique and intriguing journey.

From a young age, I have felt that there were two versions of me: the old spiritual one and a young soul who still lives in his fantasy world.

However, both of these versions share one commonality - my interest in vampires from the ancient mythology and beliefs. I was mesmerised by their folklore since young.

The need to express is very strong within me. Writing, for me, provides this gateway and helps me to grow as a person. It is a life-long learning path that I gladly embark.

As a writer, I would like to improve each and every stage of writing, to possess the art of crafting words to communicate the emotions that arise from within to the readers ... a vision shared by many authors.

Contact Links

Website: www.greglwin.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GWLwin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/greg_lwin

Blog: www.greglwin.com

Until next time,

PS: I have received a free review copy from the author through Reading Addiction Virtual book tours in exchange of an honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book.


  1. Thanks for sharing about this book, Mahathi :)

  2. you are welcome Nabanita

  3. the word is very spiritual.. but the description of the book is so different.. intriguing..

    1. Yes Prathikshya, it's very interesting , I couldn't put it down while reading


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