Book Name: The Prince of Patliputra
Author: Shreyas Bhave
Publisher: Frog Books
Price: Rs. 350
Samrat Bindusar, son of Chadragupta and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas rules over the massive subcontinent from his holy seat in Patliputra. Almost five decades ago, his father had laid the foundations of this vast samrajya guided by the famed Guru Arya Chanakya. But now, the wealth and the glory of the past has subsided.
As Samrat’s health continues to decline due to an unknown illness, problems are arising all over his realm. There is infighting and rebellion. No clear successor to him is present. Ninety nine of his sons stand in line waiting for his throne.
Bharathvarsha needs a Chandragupta once again. And it needs a Chanakya too. Can the young Prince Asoka, who is the least favorite son of the Samrat, fill the boots of his grandfather? Can Radhagupta, a mere Councilor of the court be what Chanakya was to all the Aryas?
Begin a new adventure with the first book of the Asoka Triology as you read to find the answer to one great question-
That who shall be the next Samrat of this holy land of Aryas?
The only thing that came to my mind when I heard Asoka Triology is S.R.K’s movie- Asoka which I haven’t watched yet. Of late, I have realized that books seem to be more interesting than the movie. I decided that I wouldn’t watch the movie and go with the book no matter how long it takes for the 2nd and the 3rd part to be out for sale in market. And trust me; I have not regretted reading The Prince of Patliputra.
I picked up this book on Tuesday and finished its all 382 pages in flat 2 days. The story keeps the reader hooked on to the very end. (I wanted to read more but sadly the other parts aren’t out yet.) The alternate shift between Chandragupta and Asoka’s time has been done incredibly well. No confusion will arise in the minds of the readers. The flow of events is smooth and steady.
There are many characters (yes. since it is a mythology) and I feel that the author has done justice with every character except for Samrat Bindusar. I feel that including a chapter on Samrat Bindusar’s rule would have been better. Like Chandragupta, Asoka too seems to make a place in the hearts of the readers.
Incredible narration, the mystery element coupled with simple yet gripping language makes ‘The Prince of Patliputra’ a must read. Author’s work can be termed as exemplary. Author is sure to reach at the top position of the ladder in mythology genre.
Eagerly waiting for the next part!
Story and Narration: 4.5/5
My overall rating for The Prince of Patliputra is 4.5/5 stars.
You can book your copies here!