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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 kindle ☆ 436 pages í insolpro Ñ ❮Reading❯ ➸ Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 Author Krishna Udayasankar – Insolpro.co.uk War is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow? As a bitter struggle begins to gain control ofThe fire of his apocalyptic wrath he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice of them all for the sake of one last hope that humanity will rise that there will be revolution The spectacular entrancing final episode of The Aryavarta Chronicles recreates the world of the Mahabharata with formidable power and imaginati The entire play between characters the presentation of the women the love stories the behaviour of both the good and the bad characters just does not ring true; I have read some aspects of the Vedic period culture and when I keep that in mind this is elevated even further The story seems post modern in everything but told in an ancient setting The behaviour the norms of the society all are instantly identifiable and recognizable as modern right till the last character The interpretation of ancient events is attempted from a modern time frame not in the setting in which these happened The entire seuence of events just does not click But if you can rise above these inconsistencies then this is a really good piece of fiction The story is fast moving and told at a frenetic pace; the plot is exciting and contrived albeit inspired by The Mahabharat The characterisation is slightly minimalist but that is only to be expected in a work of this scale and scope spanning generations and dozens of characters And the icing on the cake the level of complexity is far greater than most books in the fiction genre My rating zero stars as a retelling of The Mahabharat and 5 stars as a work of pure fiction

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War is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow? As a bitter struggle begins to gain control of the divided empire that was once Aryavarta Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa of the Firstborn and the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights can only watch as their own blood their kin savage and kill on the fields of Kurukshetra the third and final installment in the Aryavarta Chronicles Trilogy by Krishna Udayasankar To put it in one word it is marvelous However as with anything there is a ‘but’ Now there are a bunch of things that work in favour of the book and for these credit must be given to the author Remember this is her debut outing in fictionFirst the book assumes intelligence on part of the reader A lot of it On top of it familiarity with the Mahabharata is not necessary though it would help Putting these two together is a noteworthy feat in itself So no two plus two euals four kind of spoon feeding here The book assumes you can figure that out for yourself and rightly so So as you are reading the book your mind races to keep pace with the plot and the unfolding of events which happen at a uick paceThat brings me to the next point – the pace of the plot It’s racy and hurtles through and you as a reader are expected to keep pace If you don’t you can uickly fall off the train and not know where you landed That pace was very visible in the first installment – Govinda seemed to flag a bit in the second Kaurava and the first hundred or so pages on the last Kurukshetra All that moves aside once the battle of Kurukshetra starts and things start getting interesting againThe next thing that works – the battle scenes of the Kurukshetra They are extremely well wrought like a work of art The scenes literally unfold in front of your eyes and I was amazed that the author could fill over 200 pages with just the 18 days of battle not once letting interest flag The description of the astras battle formations duels are beautifully explained sans superhuman strength of the warriors and shorn of miracles The mastery of the warriors is simply a matter of skill and training and the destruction caused by the weapons simply a mastery over the science of metal working and chemistry The battle scenes themselves are straight out of a well choreographed action movie – capturing the valour fear tumult screams and shrieks of war And the emotions of warThe highlight of the book is the way the emotions and motives of the protagonists are captured – they are very human with very human motives desires and fears That and their ideals Sometimes misplaced other times misunderstood So neither Syoddhan Duryodhana a clear villain nor Dharma Yudhishthir the clearly wronged There are shades of grey to all characters And white and black and blue and green and pink So it is that the author weaves a rainbow of layers to the protagonists charactersBut then here is where I have a complaint While the characters are well wrought there is a subtle inconsistency across the series Govinda Shauri Krishna is initially shown as scheming and manipulative initially but by the end ends up as nearly divine The transition is not exactly gradual though it doesn’t jar But sitting back one cannot but notice the inconsistency It almost seems that the author was overwhelmed by the divinity of the Krishna who uttered the Gita while at the same time reconciles him to the scheming Krishna who suggested that Bhima attack Duryodhana’s thigh though this episode is narrated differently There is also a very complex relationship that Govinda has with Panchali Draupadi that vacillates between the platonic to the divine romance to Panchali simply being a pawn in the hands of Govinda At times we are not sure if it is Govinda who is the pawn in the hands of PanchaliThe same happens with other characters too The first two books give the impression that Sanjaya is one of the key ringmasters in the plot but in the third book he is totally absent making an unconvincing cameo appearance towards the end If there is one character who remains consistent throughout it is Shikhandin and the importance accorded to him was a pleasant departure – to weave a story that has this much reviled possibly androgynous character as Govinda’s bosom buddy and a key player in the events that shape Aryavarta and a chest thumping masculine warrior matching Partha Arjuna and Ashwathama in skill takes conviction and skill The author carries this beautifully He remains true to his knitting throughout the plotThe plot itself has enough twists and turns to put a jalebi to shame That is where the author credits the reader with intelligence This is not a dumbed down version of the Mahabharata It is neither a retelling nor a reinterpretation It is a re imagination and how The basic plot is of an old rivalry between the Firstborn led by the sage Dwaipayana who dons the honorific title of Vyasa and the Firewrights led by Ghora Angirasa The Firstborn are given to protect the Divine Order which in essence sets rules systems of social and political hierarchy supposedly to maintain order in society The Firewrights are essentially scientists who have harnessed the secrets of nature These secrets were initially used for the benefit of humanity such as implements of agriculture etc but soon turned into instruments of war Naturally the kings of the realm outdo each other to procure these weapons of destruction that can give them power Greed fear and insecurities set in To ensure that such great power does not fall into hands that do not know restraint there is a grand cleansing of the Firewrights called the Great Scourge that decimates the Firewrights and their knowledge Bhishma Devavrata Bhishma is at the forefront leading the cleansing with able assistance from Dwaipayana Vyasa Some firewrights survive and carry on their agenda in secret Govinda is one of them Much plots sub plots and twists and turns later it boils down to a grand confrontation between the armies and allies of Syoddhan striving to protect the Divine Order and the armies and allies of Dharma who is but an instrument in the hands of Govinda striving to tear down the Divine Order to establish in simple terms a true democracy That is the essence of the plotThe plot only has a vague resemblance to the original Mahabharata – the key events from the Mahabharata are taken and re imagined with the plot of the Firstborn and Firewrights woven around it With this structure the author explains with sound reason and rationale many of the events of the Mahabharata that otherwise seem beyond reason And the explanations fit in extremely well convincingly Coming back to the third book – Kurukshetra it can be divided into two parts One part is the action packed page turner of the 18 days of war The other part is the exposition of the Firstborn Firewright philosophy the essence of the Gita and to some extent the meaning of existence itself The first part – Kurukshetra war nestles cozily in the middle of the book The first 100 or so pages set out the conflicts and the principles of the two warring groups as well as their motives and insecurities This makes the book flag in those parts The last 100 or so pages with some pages in between are actually the true achievement of the book In this the author captures the essence of the Gita the divinity of Krishna remember in this book he is NOT a god just a human being very much mortal dvaita advaita maya atman and narayana This part may not appeal to many indeed many may not even be able to appreciate this but the book scores a ‘out of the park hit’ with this That also makes the book subject to comparisons primarily with the immensely popular Meluha series by Amish Tripathi and Anand Neelakantan’s AjayaAsura In all these as well as the Aryavarta series the overall plot is the same While in Meluha it was Suryavanshis versus Chandravanshis where neither are clearly blackwhite or goodevil it was the class struggle for euality in Ajaya where there is a clear good evil So it is with Aryavarta Chronicles – Firstborn versus Firewright where neither is clearly good or evil But the comparison ends there The language is good – though simple the prose has a poetic uality to it A minor niggle is on the proofreading – there are several spelling errors missed out words grammatical errors – hopefully these will be taken care of in the next print runThe book packs in a lot – many key characters many events and incidents many twists turns plots and sub plots many philosophies To pack in so much into three paperbacks retaining the page turner uality for a good part is no mean achievement Looking back that could also be the book’s undoing because in this age of ‘ready to consume’ in all walks of life where the attention span is not than 144 characters or a 10 second ad spot not too many may appreciate a book that is not a ‘open read forget’ kind of metro read But if you are not looking for adolescent romances nothing against them or rich girl poor boy plots nothing against them either go for this series But only if you are willing to ride a whirlwind and enjoy being tossed and turned around

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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3Kurukshetra Restraint and reason have deserted the rulers who once protected the land and they manipulate scheme and kill with abandon for victory is all that matters At the heart of the storm stands Govinda Shauri driven by fickle allies and failed kings to the very brink of darkness Reforging the forsaken realm in I’m mostly torn between a 35 or a 4 so I’ll round upFinally the saga comes to an end I have to preface this review by saying that I’m not as much in awe of this finale as I was of the first book but it’s still a good ending It’s just that maybe I was expecting too much from it so it left me a bit dissatisfiedThe writing of the author continues to be enchanting and thrilling keeping me hooked to the story never wanting to let go Obviously as per the title of the finale I was very interested to know how the author would describe the Kurukshetra war and while whatever was shown was magnificent and gritty and gory I was also disappointed by what was left out It’s not easy to condense eighteen days of this epic battle into one part of the book but I didn’t particularly like that there was nothing of the first seven days at all Some other important duels or deaths also happened off page which was pretty shocking to me In the original Mahabharata the warriors on both sides fight with daivi astras and while the point of this whole trilogy was to strip the epic of its divinity and attribute all the advancements to science and technology I think it became a bit difficult to stick to that premise during the war seuences and some of the astras used felt unrealistic And even though I can’t pinpoint exactly there were some threads and plot points that were left open without any resolution and I didn’t expect that But on the whole I think the author did a formidable job bringing the war to life and especially showing us the devastation and carnage it resulted in As this is the book where we would get some version of the Bhagavad Gita I was very eagerly waiting for those chapters I will not say I understood everything but it was short and very compelling to hear the words of Govinda to Partha There are also many many discussions about destiny reason and compassion and how these three are just different ways in which the world can run However the number of times these discussions took place was a lot in this book and I can’t say it was all easy to grasp I still completely bought into Govinda’s complete belief in humanity and its incessant capacity to use knowledge to prosper; and also his surety that a system that fails to protect those its meant to deserves to be destroyed But what left me a bit disconcerted towards the end was that I couldn’t really fathom if Govinda’s dream became a reality And maybe that’s the main source of dissatisfaction with this finale The characters continue to be the strength of this series It is so fascinating to see all these legendary people in a frail human light with all their flaws Especially Dharma whose belief in destiny never wavered despite innumerable horrors happening around him or the fact that it was the common people who were fighting for their rights on his side At the end I truly came to uestion if he deserved to be on the throne even if it was as a representative of the people Panchali and Govinda continue to be amazing and formidable beings they are fighting the system and wanting a better future for humanity Almost everything else played out as expected but I can’t help but appreciate the author for giving Shikhandin such an important piece in this story After everything that happened I think he was the most admirable for me the brave and consummate warrior who fought for the common people and what was right Even though I was very upset during Abhimanyu’s horrifying death scene it was actually the final scene between the closest friends Shikhandin and Asvatthama that brought tears to my eyes I will always remember this trilogy for letting to me get to know these unlikely and forgotten heroes Towards the end I have to say that reading this trilogy has been an experience that I won’t soon forget It has wowed me and impressed me and brought tears and joy and so much It is not without its flaws but a Mahabharata reimagining is an ambitious task and I commend the author for attempting it and doing a good job As I’ve been saying since I began this journey if you are okay with a riveting reimagination of the epic which digresses a lot from the canon but still manages to capture its core essence then you should definitely give this trilogy a try