Book : Scion of Ikshvaku
Author : Amish Tripathi
Rating : 3.5/5
Goodreads Synopsis :
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 ostracized 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?
Let me start by saying that I was not very impressed by the book. It was probably not as good as Shiva Trilogy by the same author. Scion of Ikshvaku is the first book in the five book Ram Chandra Series. The story is build upon Ramayana, a Hindu epic. If you are not familiar with Ramayan, then you may face some problems in understanding the things but the author has tried to keep the things very simple and explained everything in detail.
The book mentions various war techniques elaborately. It is very interesting to read them. Various things related to living a life has been discussed in the book. The concept of dharma and karma and how are they related is also touched upon beautifully. It sometimes get a bit slow in the middle but you can’t resist the temptation of reading ahead.
Even if you have read Ramayan, you will find very new and thrilling things about Hinduism and Indian mythology in general. One another major concept discussed in the book is about the way of life. There is a tussle throughout the book between the masculine and feminine way of life.
The story loses its rhythm at places. It could have been more paced up. Also, the author has tried too hard to relate the events in the book with the current problems in the society. Overall a good book but not a great one.
Review of second book : Sita : Warrior of Mithila
I hope you all liked my first ever review. Positive criticism is always welcome.