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Book Review: Prince Of Patliputra (The Asoka Trilogy Book 1) By Shreyas Bhave

Book Review: Prince Of Patliputra (The Asoka Trilogy Book 1) By Shreyas Bhave

Hello Friends,

Today I would be sharing a review of a very interesting book from the 'The Asoka Trilogy' series by an Indian Author Shreyas Bhave
Do you love history especially Indian history, then this book and series is for you..

Here is the Book 1- Prince Of Patliputra in the 'The Asoka Trilogy' series.
Book 1 revolves around the haunting question: Who will be the next Samrat of the revered land of Aryas? The first book of this riveting narrative captures the decline of a golden age, the upsurge of greed and chaos, the dark aspirations of royal heirs and the dramatic events in the remarkable life of a man of destiny.

Plot Summary: Bindusar rules the Indian sub continent from his capital, Patliputra. As Samrat's health declines due to a mysterious illness, problems and factions in fighting and rebellion, raise their heads across his realm. There is no clear successor as the 99 sons of Bindusar vie to ascend the throne.
Bharatvarsha waits for a warrior king to rise up and lead the Empire once again. Can young Prince Asoka, least favoured of Bindusar's sons, take on his grandfather's mantle? Can Radhagupta, a mere Councillor at court, be the inspiration Chanakya was to his Emperor and his people?

Published By: Platinum Press

Genre: Fiction\Epic\History

Language: English

Price: Rs 399/-

No. Of Pages: 460

My Review: If you are a lover of Historical fiction, then you would adore this book totally!

The plot of the book is based in the era of very famous Mauryan empire and King Asoka!
We all have heard a lot of King Asoka and his controversial life and we have seen Bollywood version of it too :) So, it has always been a topic of fascination and curiosity among the story tellers of our country.
Story starts with the king, Bindusar getting ill and close to his death. He has 100 sons and his least liked among them, is Asoka.. As he is getting more and more ill, the big question arises that who will be the next successor to the throne? Will prince Sushem be the next king as everyone is expecting, who is present king's favourite or will prince Asoka will come into the picture in the run for throne...

While story starts with this present plot, the author very intelligently and seamlessly merged a parallel past about Chanakya and Chandragupta Maurya. Chandragupta was a disciple of guru Chanakya and was his favorite. The story tells about that time King Ambhi and his relationship with Chanakya.

It is a fast pace narrative and a well knit story line. Very intriguing plot.The writing style of the author is very  fluid and engaging. You will not feel a moment of boredom during the entire read. Although, most of the characters and references are picked from the Indian history, one needs to read this book as a pure work of fiction. It is a beautifully written epic story and not a history book, as some might have been thinking from the title.

The story is action packed and full of throne politics, betrayals, love, conspiracies etc. It was fun to read about Chanakya and his intelligent clever ways!
I am surely starting the second part of the book super soon..
Would like to highly recommend this book and series, for all those Historic fiction lovers!

Do pick your copy here:

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