Book Review: Ashwatthamas Redemption: The Rise of Dandak

Book Review: Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak

Hi! I hope you are doing great. So, I just finished reading this book called Ashwatthamas Redemption: The Rise of Dandak by Gunjan Porwal that I received a few weeks back. I got a review copy from the author. So let’s begin with a few details about the book:

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Author:  Gunjan Porwal

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Om Books International (15 September 2018)

Print Length: 264 pages

Language: English

BOOK BLURB: Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak

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.

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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 victoriously. 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?

BOOK REVIEW: Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak

I love reading books with a religious or spiritual touch and that has some sort of thrill & adventure. Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak, a mythological fiction is one such piece of literature. I completed this book in 4 sittings and it has become one of my personal favorites.

So, the book basically focuses on the story of Ashwatthama (Guru Dronacharya’s son) as the title and the book cover states clearly. He is on the road to healing. He sets on a journey across the vast plains of the Ganges, to the snow-capped peaks of the Himavant to regain his lost glory and to fight his inner demons after having cursed by Lord Krishna. So, will Ashwatthama be able to find redemption? (Read the book to know it.)

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It’s written beautifully yet in a very easy language and I could feel the thrill the warriors go through in their journey and the way book is written is commendable. This book is fast-paced and I was gripped from the first chapter itself. The story is quite powerful and full of adventures. I was completely engaged throughout the book and didn’t feel bored even for a minute. I loved author’s writing style and the narration is just perfect as per the genre.

Overall, I would love to read more by the author in future and I highly recommend this book especially if you are an Indian mythology fiction lover. You will definitely enjoy reading this book. This is my first book by the author and definitely not the last one after reading it.

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About the Author

Gunjan Porwal, an 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, children, and parents.

Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak is his debut novel.

Until then, Happy reading!

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