Review of Ashvamedha by Aparna Sinha

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Name         – Ashvamedha

Author                  – Aparna Sinha
Publisher              – Srishti Publications 
Number of Pages -224
Publishing Year   – 2016
Edition                  – Paperback
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Rating : 3.5

“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control

My Review

Aswamedha, the race of power. The title gives an impression of a mythological fiction. The cover image of a a horse about to venture the Ashwamedha too gives an impression of a mythological imaginations. An impeccable blurb clears our vision. The whole story is summarized seamlessly in the blurb. 

The story starts with the adventurous life of Ashwin Jamaal, a firebrand student turned Civil Servant turned politician. Ashwin’s life is constantly influenced by someone ,a maniac,a powermonger by the name Hades. Who is Hades? Author succeeded in sustaining the suspense till the end. 

First part of the book lacks the grip. It looked like author was searching in the dark for the right path but as the story proceeds the intricate tale of power, politics, revenge, treachery etc is interwoven perfectly. Author has given a decent try to depict the geopolitical scenario. The meeting of the top world leaders seemed like a meeting of college representatives. A little more care need to be taken in that front. 

The character of Ashwin is crafted well but rest of the characters are pushed to the background. Even the character of Hades could have given more build up. Characters of Vishakha, Harshit and Anout stuck out like a sore thump. Either the scenario could have been avoided or given a better build up.

The climax could not be branded as novel or innovative but there was an element of surprise. But the ramifications in the climax was overworked to the core in various books and movies, hence it was tiresome 

My verdict:- The book is a decent attempt by the author to bring forth a variety story.

Reviewed for the publisher and author paradise 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a
complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review.

About the author

Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia.

Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing.
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