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Scion of Ikshvaku | Ram Chandra #1 | Book Review

Author: Amish Tripathi
Series: Ram Chandra
Page count: 354
Genres: Fiction, Fairy-tale, Fantasy Fiction, Epic Fantasy
Originally published: June 2015
Characters: Ram, Sita, Raavan, Lakhsman, Dashrath, Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, Sumitra, Bharat, Shatrughna
Setting: Ayodhya

Scion of Ikshvaku

Official Blurb:

Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price.

3400 BCE. INDIA.

Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency, and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.

He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.

Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfill the destiny of the Vishnu?

Begin an epic journey with Amish’s latest: the Ram Chandra Series.

                                                              

Buy your copy, here.

Review:

Scion of Ikshvaku is based on the most important Hindu epic Ramayana. All of the characters, the relations, the events of the Ramayana are there in this book, but the story is completely different, some characters and relationship are exactly mirrored from the Ramayana while some are completely opposite, yet they are believable.

Amish presents Ram in a human avatar, someone who has lied, succumbed to pressure, fallen in love and felt physical desire. His father, King Dasaratha, considers Ram’s birth inauspicious and blames him for all his misfortunes. So the fabulously powerful and wealthy king of Ayodhya is shown to be a defeated old man ruling over a crumbling kingdom. The very foundations of the epic are laid differently in this story.

In this book, Amish has intervened few controversial and dark realities of contemporary Indian society. The book is not loaded with action as his previous works, but as Amish has plans to write at least six books in the series, it serves as an opening scene. I look forward to reading the next book in his Ramachandra series.

About the author: 

Amish is an IIM (Kolkata)educated, a boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology, and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.

Amish has most recently written the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas & The Oath of the Vayuputras), which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of mythology & history.

Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti, and son, Neel.

Rating: 4/5

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