Book: Ashwatthama’s Redemption The Rise of Dandak
Author: Gunjan Porwal
Genre: Mythology, Fiction
Published by: Om Books International
Number of pages: 263 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: The author Gunjan Porwal provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ashwatthama of course is a well-known figure in Indian mythology. A great warrior and an immortal, he is remembered for being cursed by Lord Krishna.
The story is set in the time period 100 years after the Kurukshetra War. Ashwatthama, who has been reduced to a shadow of his former self is living the life of a nomad in the forest. At the same time, strange occurrences are taking place at the southern border of the kingdom of Avanti. This leads King Vikramsena, the king of Surparaka, a kingdom in the Western Ghats and Rana, the prince of Avanti to team up. They suspect that the evil sorcerer Dandak is in the process of getting resurrected. Only a divine weapon can kill Dandak.
Accordingly, Vikram, Rana and Ashwatthama, embark on a quest to the mountains to retrieve the Kodanda, the bow of Lord Rama that killed Ravana.
Their quest takes them through the kingdom of Hastinapur, where they are welcomed by Janamejaya, the great grandson of the Pandavas. The three warriors are joined on their quest by Urmila, the princess of Indraprastha and the great granddaughter of Karna.
Their quest is fraught with many dangers. Though they manage to retrieve the Kodanda, this is just the beginning of their troubles as the “asuras” are on the attack. Will Ashwatthama and his friends be able to stop the rise of Dandak?
The action in the book is extremely fast-paced. The entire story is littered with many fascinating little-known facts and details about the Kurukshetra War.
I highly recommend “Ashwatthama’s Redemption”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!