The book starts of with the introduction of the Grand city that Mauryas had made their capital . I was amazed by the descriptions of the city and river that tried ruthlessly to erode the city walls as it has everything else . I must admit the historical places were well described with a reality like presentation of how it must have been to live in the ancient world .
The book started out as incredibly descriptive, as mentioned above , and basically -to me- descriptive means something boring waits ahead . But guess what ? I was totally wrong there . The book was anything but boring . It had me hanging on the plots like I was hanging on a cliff . I love it when a book does that . Which book lover doesn’t ? And being a sucker for historical anything , I must say it was definitely one of the best historical fictions .
I would also claim that this book was what actually told me of Ashoka in detail . Yeah we have all read those textbooks . But all that I honestly knew was Ashoka brought peace upon his country bc he saw that many innocents died in wars . Yep . Pretty much . Heck , I didn’t even know that his father was Bindusara lol . So yeah , anyone wants basics on Ashoka ? Might as well look here . Want directions of old Mauriyan capital geographical features ? Sure . Look in here . You’ll find something .
But first things first , what hit me the most was how he made the ancient city look like what it really must’ve been . Unlike , ofcourse , so many authors who write thinking the ancient people were stupid . I respect him for that insight alone . I’m a believer that we’re not the most developed intelligence ever . Bite me .
What I didn’t like :
I know the complaint is silly . And yes I do understand it is fiction and all , but why was Ashoka so unbeatable …at everything ? Okay so at the starting itself , what made me wary was , how Ashoka killed two trained seasoned assassins though he was too young and not well seasoned ? I understand he supposedly was sneaking of , getting into street fights ..but even with all that , the character ‘s strength looked so..incomparable that really sounded fake . Yep . That’s all the complaint I’ve got .
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