Review: Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak

Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak by Gunjan Porwal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anything except romance is welcome from Indian writer. Romance writing is lazy. After success of Amish’s Shiva trilogy mythological genre is revived. It has unlimited potential and can be a most interesting. Gunjan tried to t=doo that in “Ashwatthama’s Redemption”.

Vikram, Rana and Urmila come to know a sinister secret wherein the mankind is threatened. Ashwatthama, the cursed son of Guru Dronacharya is the only one which can avert this. They have to find the Kodnada, bow of Lord Rama which is hidden in great Himalaya. They travel though Gangetic plain to find Kodanda. Will they be successful?

This book is different and it takes a detour from that done to death genre of Romance. The mythological fantasy is light and free flowing. The language is first rate and interest is kept throughout. This is first part of the story and more can be said after reading next instalments. There are some slack moments too and too much time is taken to come to the main chase. The introduction is stretched and this slackened the p[ace. Tighter editing was required.

3/ 5 stars.

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