AUTHOR: KAVITA KANE
PUBLISHER: WESTLAND PUBLISHING
GENRE: Mythological Fiction
BLURB (AS IN AMAZON) : Matsyagandha, Daseyi, Yojanagandha — the queen of Hastinapur, Satyavati. Abandoned as a baby, preyed on by a rishi, she hardens herself, determined that the next time she is with a man, she will be the one to win. And win she does: the throne of Hastinapur for herself, and the promise that her sons will be heirs to the kingdom. But at what cost?
In a palace where she is disdained and scorned, Satyavati must set aside her own loss and pain if she is to play the game of politics. She learns to be ruthless, unscrupulous — traits that estrange her from everyone around. Everyone, except the man she cheated of his birthright.
A piercing, insightful look at the grand matriarch of the Kuru family, the woman who set off the sequence of events that ended in the bloody battle of Kurukshetra, The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty will re-align your reading of the Mahabharata.
MY TAKE : Starting with the cover itself, it is by far one of the most beautiful covers I’ve come across. Simply breathtaking !
As a reader who has never read Indian Mythology before, it came as a surprise to see how I enjoyed the book thoroughly. It is through Satyavati’s prospective about the events which took place way before the war of Kurukshetra. From being the Fisherman’s daughter to the queen of Hastinapur, Satyavati is the perfect example of Ruthless and cruel woman who can go to any extent to keep hold of her power and position.
It was so great to see that the story was not just revolved around Satyavati only, but also the other characters . Even though the story telling is vivid, the fast pace makes it a little difficult for new readers of this genre to follow . The gripping plot made me finish the book in one sitting, keeping me hooked till the very end. Interestingly, the characters I didn’t like in the beginning of the story, they ended up being my favorite by the end of the book. The way the author has cast her magic while writing down the story , which resulted in nothing but a phenomenal tale from mythology.
if you’re a lover of mythological fiction or you want to give it a try, I promise this book won’t disappoint you!
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
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