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To write mythological fiction is difficult as the mythology is strongly set in the mind of the readers and it is difficult to bring a change to the same. Tougher is to develop a fantasy around mythology. Ashok.K.Banker, a master in mythological fantasy has brought to the readers a thrilling adrenaline pump of fantasy clubbed with the epic Mahabharata.

Adri and Shvate are not the sole heirs to the empire, there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives.

The characters

The characters are analogous to that the characters in Mahabharata. Adri and Savate, analogical to Dhritarashtra and Pandu are kids in the first book of the trilogy. The plot is about a girl, the daughter of Jason who has Krishan blood himself, proving herself to be the rightful heir to the throne by passing the test of fire on the Burning Throne. Jason declares war on the kingdom of Krishan when his daughter is denied the kingdom. It’s enchanting to watch how the author develops a whole world of fantasy around mythology.

Smoke, thick and white as fog, then dissipated with frustrating slownessrevealing atlast, with tantalizing coyness, the result of the test of fire.

The narration 

The narrative is in the third person but switches from the viewpoints of each character which help in giving a perspective of the characters thereby giving an expanded view of the epics as well as the plot as a whole.

The test of fire is a commendable factor in the book. It shoots the graph of the plot on the first page itself.  The characters are mostly the same as in Mahabharata but the idiosyncrasies of the characters are the author’s imagination. The most ecstatic entry was that of Kern, analogical to Karna.

 Once the war starts the plot gets interesting and the author’s imaginations are sky high. Nonetheless, the genre is a double-edged sword as it is manipulating mythology. The ones who love fantasy will love it and the ones who don’t like changing the epics will hate it.

Overall the book stands out in its language and high standards. 

The end is a cliffhanger which makes sure that the readers would grab the sequel despite knowing the epic

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