Friday, 1 April 2016

#BookReview ; The Prince of Patliputra by Shreyas Bhave

272 BC, Bharathvarsha, Land of the Aryas....
Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas rules over the massive subcontinent from his holy seat in Patliputra. Almost five decades ago, his father had laid the foundations of this vast Samrajya guided by the famed Guru Arya Chanakya. But now, the wealth and glory of the past has subsided...
As the Samrat’s health continues to decline due to an unknown illness, problems are arising all over his realm. There is infighting and rebellion. No clear successor to him is present. Ninety nine of his sons stand in line waiting for his throne...
Bharathvarsha needs a Chandragupta once again. And it needs a Chanakya too. Can the young Prince Asoka, who is the least favorite son of the Samrat, fill in the boots of his grandfather? Can Radhagupta, a mere Councilor of the Court be what Chanakya was to all the Aryas? 
Begin a new adventure with the first book of the Asoka trilogy as you read to find the answer to one great question-

'That who shall be the next Samrat of this holy land of the Aryas?'

The Prince of Patliputra is the first part of Asoka trilogy written by Shreyas Bhave & published by Leadstart Publishers. The author is 21 year old lad pursuing B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from VNIT Nagpur, his hobbies include song writing, composing music, painting with watercolours & sketching with pencils. His love for history made him to write his version of the historical tale of one of the greatest ruler in the history of India.

Historical fictions are becoming the new hot topic in our industry but I believe it to be a difficult genre to write because an author can’t completely distort the history for the sake of fiction hence knowledge regarding historical events is absolutely necessary. The Prince of Patliputra showcases the great times of Mauryan Empire & the life of Samrat Asoka.

The plot develops slowly as the chapters go by & Samrat Asoka’s life gets revealed in front of us. The intricate details of politics, love & betrayal portrayed in the story is commendable especially since it is author’s debutant work. It is a lengthy read closing to 400 pages which means that the plot needed to be extremely interesting but unfortunately some parts of the book made my mind wander off. While the author is writing the second part of the trilogy I hope it’s a bit compact. But still I can feel that the author does have tremendous control over the use of words, the language used in the book is simple which sure should attract the mass. An interesting read for sure!

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