Title : Scion of Ikshvaku
Author : Amish Tripathi
Pages : 354
Publisher : Westland Books
Genre : Mythological Fiction
Cover : 4.5/5
Story : 4/5
Characterization : 5/5
Writing Style & Narration : 4.5/5
Presentation : 5/5
Overall : 4.5/5
“Another ground-breaking formulation by Amish. Takes reader to a new height of awe and entertainment. A new adventure, a new legend!”
With his latest book, Amish sets new standard for fiction in India, yet again! Scion of Ikshvaku, book one of the Ram Chandra series, is an amazing start to the series. Amish is literally the literary pop star of India. Or we may as well say rock star!
Being a huge fan of ‘Shiva Trilogy’, my expectations from this book were very high, and this book lives up to each and every one of them. Amish’s storytelling skill is just exceptional. The book is intrinsically carved around the edges of the great ‘Ramayana’. The author has yet again represented gods as beings of mass and muscle, though extraordinary. The story beautifully creates the scenic beauty of Indian history in an exceptional manner.
Amish, the master storyteller, ingeniously blends the problems of current society with that of the early Vedic period and uses his masterful narration to trace back the origin of such problem to that age. This is one of the important aspects of this book, other than mythology and history. The characters that Amish build are more than just characters. Special mention to the character of Ram Chandra, who seems no less than a god. The gradual development of Ram’s character is laudable. A being of extraordinary composure, the law giver, the great warrior, Ram’s character is no less in this book than the legend itself. There’s yet again mention of things like ‘Somras’ And ‘Daivi Astras’. ‘Somras’ played a critical role in the Shiva trilogy. I was a bit confused about the time scale of Ram Chandra Series w.r.t Shiva trilogy but things were clarified with the advancement of story.
It is incredible how Amish portray these legends as mere mortals and yet maintains the basic facts and the figures. For those who are not familiar with the original work, there’s so much to learn and discover. Sita’s svyamvar was an interesting section of the story as things took a drastic turn there. I was a bit curious at that point, between the old legend and the new, but the story around pinaka(the legendary bow) and the svyamvar took a different turn. Amish has done a good job at carving the story in a different manner and yet maintaining the echoes of the old legend, wherever possible.
Being a fan of Indian mythology, and of course Mr. Amish Tripathi, this book was as much fun for me as it could be. There’s no doubt about that. After finishing the book all that a reader could wish for is the next part, and faces the ultimate dilemma, ‘Where’s the next book? It hasn’t been released yet! But why? What would I do till then?!?’. Here’s wishing for the next part to release soon and take the story forward in the best way possible. Thank you Amish sir for bestowing your readers with yet another thrilling mythological adventure. *Salute*
Har Har Mahadev!