Name – Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak
Author -Gunjan Porwal
ISBN – 978-9352766352
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?
Aswhatthama has always been an interesting character for me, in the Mahabharat, especially the ark where he is cursed by Krishna and because of that, this book was very interesting for me to read.
The book picks up after 100 years of the Kurukshetra War and it wonderfully solves any and all questions we may have about our characters, the land or the repercussions of the war. Ashwatthama is introduced in a wonderful way, quite different from his personality in Mahabharat, yet a way that suits him somehow. The timeline is swift and engaging at the same time. An interesting thing about this book is how the author have already declared that Aswthamma’s cannot die and he still manages to keep the stakes up.
Now for the bad parts. The most irritating part about this book was the exposition that was very … NOT subtle. The story of Dandak and Ashwatthama and other when told to us as the reader, it was clearly seen that it didn’t fit with the story, it was only exposition. Other than that, there wasn’t much character development, other than Ashwatthama of course, and very weird personalities.
Overall, this was a good book. Worth trying.
Writin – 7/10
Story – 6/10
Research – 9/10
Cover & Title – 8/10
Total – 7.5/10