Book: Ashok and the Nine Unknown
Author: Anshul Dupare
Genre: Mythology, Fiction, Historical fiction
Published by: Rupa Publications
Number of pages: 224 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Emperor Ashok of the Maurya dynasty of course is one of the greatest kings in Indian history.
The story begins just after the end of the war of Kalinga. Ashok is on the battlefield feeling very guilty about the death and destruction caused by him, when he comes across a mortally wounded Kalingan soldier who has lost both his arms and an eye. The soldier curses Ashok and falls into the river.
Ashok is a changed man after the war and makes sincere attempts to improve the welfare of his people. The wounded soldier Amartya is rescued and revived by his brother Vatsal.
After meeting Ashok, Amartya leaves for Mayong, a strange land of magic.
Ashok decides to form a secret society and entrusts his chief minister Radhagupta with the task of finding nine experts in different fields.
In Mayong, Amartya has completely recovered from his injuries and has now gained a lot of knowledge about the secrets of Mayong. The magical Mayong comes under attack by unscrupulous people who want to learn the secrets of Mayong. They attack the city with dragons but the people of Mayong try their best to overcome them.
In addition to the secret society formed by Ashok, there is yet another secret society that has a hidden agenda.
What is the connection between Ashok and the lost city of Atlantis? What secrets does the Sphinx of Egypt hold? What is the connection between Ashok and Amartya? These are just some of the questions raised by the end of the story.
I believe that the author is planning to take the story forward in a sequel. I for one, am awaiting the sequel in order to get the answers to the questions raised. “Ashok and the Nine Unknown”, is a story that will certainly appeal to readers.