Book review

Book review : Ashwatthama’s Redemption – The Rise of Dandak (Book 1) | Gunjan Porwal

I would recommend this book to all the mythology fans and if you are not, you will become one after reading this amazing title.

Book Name: Ashwatthama’s Redemption – The Rise of Dandak
Author: Gunjan porwal
Publisher: Om Books International
Page Count: 264
Book Link: Amazon | Goodreads

Synopsis on Goodreads:

Over a hundred years after the Mahabharata War, an ancient power threatens to destroy the new Age of Men, by establishing the Age of Terror of the asuras, long believed to be extinct. the only hurdle in its path is Guru Dronacharya’s son, the mighty but accursed warrior Ashwatthama, who lost all his powers following Lord Krishna’s curse and who unwittingly finds himself drawn into the quest of the lost bow of Lord Rama, the Kodanda. As ghosts of the distant past return to haunt him and the line between friends and enemies blurs, Ashwatthama must fight his inner demons to emerge victorious. He undertakes a perilous journey—across the vast plains of the Ganges, to the snow-capped peaks of the Himavant where the price of failure is a fate worse than death and death is a privilege not granted to Ashwatthama. Is this all part of Lord Krishna’s great plan? Will Ashwatthama be able to regain his lost glory?

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My views:

Up-till this book, I didn’t get the opportunity to explore much from the mythology genre and books based on the culture and history of India, revolving in and around the Mahabharata and the very famous Kurukshetra war. But this book just exceeded my expectations, I went into it without any preconceived notions and having only one thought in mind, that it is somewhere related to the great warrior Ashwatthama.

It’s been more than 100-years since the Mahabharata war ended, with the end of Kauravas. The book talks about Ashwatthama son of Guru Dronacharya, who is already in guilt and in great regret of having committed some extremely bad sins during the Mahabharata war and now he is suddenly thrown into an abyss of another war that might take place soon and this time his opponents will not be humans but devil asuras. Ever since then, a new power is beginning to rise which wants to establish its reign of terror in the whole of Aryavratta. Consisting of asuras, and all sorts of dangerous living beings. His only hope is to retrieve the bow of God Rama, which if landed in the wrong hands may cost him everything.

First things first, I’m not a huge fan of mythology books but this one was way beyond my expectations and I’m so glad that I got to read this title. The author introduces the background story very well and as a reader with no prior knowledge, it was great having insights into the story and how it all started. The description of the characters is superb and I think justice has been done by showing various characters in an equal light and giving them all partial importance and similarity.

Talking about the settings of the book that is, a culmination of mythology with fiction. The author has given a description where ever it was needed. My thoughts – mythological books are one of the hardest to write and then mastering them is amazing. The writing style is lucid and but I felt that the book stretched a bit then it was required with some unnecessary add-ons but I guess those flaws can be overlooked with such a wonderful narration.

I was on the edge the whole time and couldn’t stop reading this book. I would recommend this book to all the mythology fans and if you are not, you will become one after reading this amazing title. I cannot wait to read the sequel of Ashwatthama’s Redemption – The Rise of Dandak!


Are you are fan of mythological books? If yes, recommend me some of your favourites…

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