New Delhi: Inspired by stories from Greek mythology, a Delhi schoolboy spins a magical tale of fantasy envisaging the defeat of evil by a teen wizard who the author hopes would go on to be popular in the country.

Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit released "Damien Black: The Battle of Lost Ages" a fantasy novel by 14-year-old Kevin Solomon Missal in the national capital recently.

"The book is about Damien Black a teenager who belongs to a hunter clan," says the author Missal, who is studying in class X.

Started as a summer vacation project, the book, says Missal was completed within of two months.

"It is fascinating to see that the book has been inspired by Greek mythology characters. Such good work by young authors must carry on," Dikshit said after releasing the book.

The Chief Minister said parents should encourage their children to write books and explore avenues that interest them.

With elaborate graphic illustrations, the novel published by Diamond Books, describes the journey of young Damien from his school, where he falls in love, to the battle with the evil.

According to the author, the book is for teenagers and the characters with interesting Greek names are inspired from his real life.

Missal, who loves reading Greek mythology says, "I was inspired to make the hero of my novel like my elder brother and father. The character of Elena, the love interest of Black, is inspired by a school friend of mine."

"However, the hero faces the challenge to fight the evil Demon of Darkness, who wants to raise the evil forces," says the young author.

The idea of the novel clicked when Missal was writing a non-fiction book. He completed the novel during the two-month summer vacation of school.

"I was writing a non-fiction on teenagers when I got this idea. I thought this adventure novel will be fun, so I abandoned the other book," he says.


Several fantasy novels like J K Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, Stephenie Myers  as well as Indian mythological stories on Ganesha, Hanuman and Lord Krishna have become popular in the country and some of them have been made into films for big screen as well as television.

The teenager says he also hopes to write a sequel and publish a series similar to J K Rowling's "Harry Potter." Claiming the book to be different, he said the Potter series doesn't make sense.

An avid reader, the teen author says his all-time favourite is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho and also that he draws inspiration from American author Stephen King.

(Agencies)