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Book Review : Ashwatthama’s Redemption by Gunjan Porwal

TITLE : Ashwatthama’s Redemption : The Rise of Dandak

AUTHOR : Gunjan Porwal

PUBLISHER : Om Books International

PAGES : 263

ISBN : 978-93-5276-635-2

Story :

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?

Review :

For someone who is not well versed in Mahabharata (yep, quite guilty!), I would say I quite liked the way all of it has been presented. Ashwatthama, being the character of controversy has been portrayed in a different light and that’s why things turned out to be quite subtle in this vigorously engaging mythology.

First of all, let me point out the fact that this novel has been penned with immense patience and dedication. Every sentence is there because it has to and not simply because the author had to write something just for the sake of the premise. Nothing was unnecessary and everything was carefully detailed. From humour to fantasy, this book has awed me in ways unexpected. This is just the kind of novel that I like where there’s a quest, an adventure, monsters (rakshashas in this case, and not just any, the king of rakshashas Dandak himself! ), thrill, and of course, fantasy!

The writing style is impeccable and professional and the story as tough as steel. Now I really want to revise my Mahabharata lessons because there’s really so much more to ponder upon. And a different perspective does change everything and shape our reality in a completely altered manner.

I would like to rate this book 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Apart from the fact that the plot took a bit of time to develop, everything else was perfectly fitting in place. Would definitely recommend it to mythology, adventure and fantasy lovers.





I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.




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Gunjan Porwal, engineer by day and writer by night, is fascinated by Indian mythology, especially the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2002, Gunjan worked in MNCs as an engineer while contemplating writing anything other than code.
Gunjan lives in Pune with his wife, kids and parents. ‘Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak’ is his debut novel.





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