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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Reviews on "The Prince of Patliputra"

Review Point: 4.75
Author: Shreyas Bhave
Publisher: Frog Books, Imprint of leadstart publishing
Genre: Historical
ISBN: 978-93-52015-50-4
Edition: First, 2015
Page Count: 382

About the Book
The Prince of Patliputra is the Book 1 of series Asoka Trilogy.

Conquering the flame of history (272 BC), book is sealed over the most discussed place Patliputra. Discussing Taxila and Patliputra simultaneously in the gap of fifty years, books imprints Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta, and Samrat Chakravartin both of them ruling over large even larger area of Patliputra. Chandragupta had settled the place some five decades ago in the mentorship of Chanakya. Sushem is the next contender to be the Samrat of Patliputra. He has couple of brothers and Asoka is one of them. Sushem loves him lot and teaches the base of running a kingdom and handle people of the subcontinent. On the other hand, Chanakya bewares King Puru of the upcoming danger by Alexander who has massive army. Chanakya suggests Puru to be with Ambhi to abreast the future together and meanwhile he puts his best to convey and pacify Asoka's mother about his future plans. Later, Asoka comes in touch with Devi who is Buddhist and feels affection for her, though he is Brahmin. Then what happens? Will Asoka be influenced by the thinking of her mother, which is conveyed to her by someone else? Will Sushem love him always as younger brother or will feelings be changed for the sake of the throne? Will Chanakya be successful in his game? How Asoka finds himself a genuine leader and simple person as Buddhists were? To know, read this amazing book 'The Prince of Patliputra'.

Positive about the Book
Amazing platform and mind blowing narration is the strength of the book. A deep secret and populous topic is presented to readers with the best possible way, it could be ever. Each and every character is depicted in such beautiful way and justified well. Story has the same pace and no boaring part. Dialogue writing is amazing. Writer has knitted both the era very well. Asoka character is presented perfectly. This story has love, life, betrayal, romance, revenge. No part of this book is beatable by any fact. To write the thing which is already known to all is always a tough task and writer has done his job in an appropriate manner. Plot is settled in such a way that story runs in a smooth pace by taking characters along. All the things are stated in straightforward way and each and every part is described in much depth. Giving sharp light to the well praise person of history, Chanakya, and religion Buddhism, this book not only covers the lives of Kings but also put thrust on such diverse topic which are the main theme of interest of readers. Proper co-ordination can be seen between the characters communicating either love or betrayal.

Negative about the Book
Though writer has said that the work is fiction. But it is not the right way to write abuses "son of whore", "whore", etc. It really leaves a negative impact in the mind of readers for the writer. Blurb is not impressive.

No words to appreciate the work of Shreyas Bhave. It seems, he has come from the time of Asoka and describing the things as he has lived on his own. Unbeatable concept of presenting the incidents and characters is showing his hard work and dedication towards this historical topic. Also, writer has defined Chanakya who everybody wants to read and know deeply even. Perfect ending is given to the book as it would be the beginning for the next of the series. Meanwhile, Shreyas has put the best book in the market which can not be replaced by any experienced authors available in writing field and working on such works for years. Though cover is quite fine and covers the entire concept of the book, but could be more impressive in the view of historical aspects. Many of the things writers has revealed about historians which were not known to people yet. Besides, by offering such work, writers has made himself secure in the heart of readers and given a safe place in their book shelves. At last, it must be read by every person of any age circle. Shreyas has amazing thinking and holding capacity which new as well as well established authors must learn from him.

Personal Opinion
I bow my head for the efforts Shreyas Bhave has made for this book. Nothing is comparative, everything he has done in it is standard now. I really can not believe that a person of this young age can claim such amazing book. But he has done and I must say, it is one of the finest books I have read yet. In 2016, till now, I have read 12 books and this is the work which is best in each and every manner. Now I am eagerly waiting for its next part. Such books have all the things which many of best of best selling books do not have. Promotion factors comes at end and book does not find massive readers.

Reviewing Point:
4.75 out of 5

Review By:
- Kamal Paneru

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