Book Title: Asoka Book III: Nemesis of Kalinga
Author: Shreyas Bhave
The title of the book ‘Asoka Book III: Nemesis of Kalinga‘ is clear and apparent that it is the third book in the Asoka series.
The cover image of the book is an abstract painting of a warrior/king with a worn-off face expressing guilt and sadness. The color tone of the cover image also sets the mood.
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About the Author:
Shreyas Bhave, an Electrical Engineer from VNIT Nagpur, is one of India’s youngest experts on Railway Electrification. He also administers an entrepreneurial community at www.ourfirstmillion.org. Possessed of an abiding love of history from childhood, Shreyas was inspired to take on the challenge of writing a fictionalized account based on the historical record, supplemented by rich folklore, which continues to surround the legendary figure of Asoka.
Apart from writing, Shreyas enjoys songwriting and composing music, sketching, and watercolor painting. He plays the guitar. He enjoys hiking up to the many hill forts of Maharashtra, replete with history and ghosts of the past.
About the Book:
Five years have passed since the end of the Mauryan Civil War. Samrat Asoka rules the Indian sub-continent from his capital, Patliputra. His brutal wars of conquest have earned him the name Chandasoka (Evil One). His enemies fear him, as do his own people. But the maritime republic of Kalinga stands free in the southeast, the last Mahajanpada, inspired by the values of democracy, equality, and peace. In Book III of the epic Asoka Trilogy lies the answer to the great question: Who will be remembered as the greatest Samrat of the land of the Aryas?
As this is the third book in the Asoka Trilogy, this book’s story is all about Asoka, his kingdom. In this book, Asoka Book III: Nemesis of Kalinga, since the book is in continuation this is a perfect continuation book. The book with great details gives so much information about the Mauryan leaders, the Mauryan empire, and the then situations. This book almost is the renaissance book for Asoka who was known as an evil one due to the ruthless wars he fought. His penance and movement towards Buddhism take birth in this book.
Though a known story, the author has presented before his readers a good tale of so many unknown facts and things. Some information discussed in the book seems to be relevant even to this day.
What I like:
1. The story continues in sequence with the previous books and hence it will be easy to get along if the previous books are also read.
2. Uncomplicated language with historical myths and facts makes the book an interesting one.
3. The detailing of the characters is appreciated.
4. There are some unsaid details described in the book about Asoka and other characters that are absent in other books.
What I didn’t like:
There is nothing to be disliked but there are some typo errors that may have been avoided.
The story has few characters but every character is written with intrinsic detailing that added more beauty.
Engaging narration is found in the story.
Language & Grammar:
Simple and clear language is used in the story. It made the book more interesting.
Recommended historical fiction.
Book Title: 3/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Language & Grammar: 3/5
Final Rating: 3/5
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