#BookReview ; The Prince of Patliputra by Shreyas Bhave

 

272 BC, Bharathvarsha, Land of the Aryas….
Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas rules over the massive subcontinent from his holy seat in Patliputra. Almost five decades ago, his father had laid the foundations of this vast Samrajya guided by the famed Guru Arya Chanakya. But now, the wealth and glory of the past has subsided…
As the Samrat’s health continues to decline due to an unknown illness, problems are arising all over his realm. There is infighting and rebellion. No clear successor to him is present. Ninety nine of his sons stand in line waiting for his throne…
Bharathvarsha needs a Chandragupta once again. And it needs a Chanakya too. Can the young Prince Asoka, who is the least favorite son of the Samrat, fill in the boots of his grandfather? Can Radhagupta, a mere Councilor of the Court be what Chanakya was to all the Aryas?
Begin a new adventure with the first book of the Asoka trilogy as you read to find the answer to one great question-
‘That who shall be the next Samrat of this holy land of the Aryas?’
 
The Prince of Patliputra is the first part of Asoka trilogy written by Shreyas Bhave & published by Leadstart Publishers. The author is 21 year old lad pursuing B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from VNIT Nagpur, his hobbies include song writing, composing music, painting with watercolours & sketching with pencils. His love for history made him to write his version of the historical tale of one of the greatest ruler in the history of India.
Historical fictions are becoming the new hot topic in our industry but I believe it to be a difficult genre to write because an author can’t completely distort the history for the sake of fiction hence knowledge regarding historical events is absolutely necessary. The Prince of Patliputra showcases the great times of Mauryan Empire & the life of Samrat Asoka.
The plot develops slowly as the chapters go by & Samrat Asoka’s life gets revealed in front of us. The intricate details of politics, love & betrayal portrayed in the story is commendable especially since it is author’s debutant work. It is a lengthy read closing to 400 pages which means that the plot needed to be extremely interesting but unfortunately some parts of the book made my mind wander off. While the author is writing the second part of the trilogy I hope it’s a bit compact. But still I can feel that the author does have tremendous control over the use of words, the language used in the book is simple which sure should attract the mass. An interesting read for sure!
Source :- http://itsgoingtobeobvious.blogspot.in/2016/04/bookreview-prince-of-patliputra-by.html

Reviews on “The Prince of Patliputra”

Review Point: 4.75
Author: Shreyas Bhave
Publisher: Frog Books, Imprint of leadstart publishing
Genre: Historical
ISBN: 978-93-52015-50-4
Edition: First, 2015
Page Count: 382About the Book

The Prince of Patliputra is the Book 1 of series Asoka Trilogy.Platform
Conquering the flame of history (272 BC), book is sealed over the most discussed place Patliputra. Discussing Taxila and Patliputra simultaneously in the gap of fifty years, books imprints Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta, and Samrat Chakravartin both of them ruling over large even larger area of Patliputra. Chandragupta had settled the place some five decades ago in the mentorship of Chanakya. Sushem is the next contender to be the Samrat of Patliputra. He has couple of brothers and Asoka is one of them. Sushem loves him lot and teaches the base of running a kingdom and handle people of the subcontinent. On the other hand, Chanakya bewares King Puru of the upcoming danger by Alexander who has massive army. Chanakya suggests Puru to be with Ambhi to abreast the future together and meanwhile he puts his best to convey and pacify Asoka’s mother about his future plans. Later, Asoka comes in touch with Devi who is Buddhist and feels affection for her, though he is Brahmin. Then what happens? Will Asoka be influenced by the thinking of her mother, which is conveyed to her by someone else? Will Sushem love him always as younger brother or will feelings be changed for the sake of the throne? Will Chanakya be successful in his game? How Asoka finds himself a genuine leader and simple person as Buddhists were? To know, read this amazing book ‘The Prince of Patliputra‘.
Positive about the Book
Amazing platform and mind blowing narration is the strength of the book. A deep secret and populous topic is presented to readers with the best possible way, it could be ever. Each and every character is depicted in such beautiful way and justified well. Story has the same pace and no boaring part. Dialogue writing is amazing. Writer has knitted both the era very well. Asoka character is presented perfectly. This story has love, life, betrayal, romance, revenge. No part of this book is beatable by any fact. To write the thing which is already known to all is always a tough task and writer has done his job in an appropriate manner. Plot is settled in such a way that story runs in a smooth pace by taking characters along. All the things are stated in straightforward way and each and every part is described in much depth. Giving sharp light to the well praise person of history, Chanakya, and religion Buddhism, this book not only covers the lives of Kings but also put thrust on such diverse topic which are the main theme of interest of readers. Proper co-ordination can be seen between the characters communicating either love or betrayal.
Negative about the Book
Though writer has said that the work is fiction. But it is not the right way to write abuses “son of whore”, “whore”, etc. It really leaves a negative impact in the mind of readers for the writer. Blurb is not impressive.
No words to appreciate the work of Shreyas Bhave. It seems, he has come from the time of Asoka and describing the things as he has lived on his own. Unbeatable concept of presenting the incidents and characters is showing his hard work and dedication towards this historical topic. Also, writer has defined Chanakya who everybody wants to read and know deeply even. Perfect ending is given to the book as it would be the beginning for the next of the series. Meanwhile, Shreyas has put the best book in the market which can not be replaced by any experienced authors available in writing field and working on such works for years. Though cover is quite fine and covers the entire concept of the book, but could be more impressive in the view of historical aspects. Many of the things writers has revealed about historians which were not known to people yet. Besides, by offering such work, writers has made himself secure in the heart of readers and given a safe place in their book shelves. At last, it must be read by every person of any age circle. Shreyas has amazing thinking and holding capacity which new as well as well established authors must learn from him.
Personal Opinion
I bow my head for the efforts Shreyas Bhave has made for this book. Nothing is comparative, everything he has done in it is standard now. I really can not believe that a person of this young age can claim such amazing book. But he has done and I must say, it is one of the finest books I have read yet. In 2016, till now, I have read 12 books and this is the work which is best in each and every manner. Now I am eagerly waiting for its next part. Such books have all the things which many of best of best selling books do not have. Promotion factors comes at end and book does not find massive readers.
Source :- http://kamalpaneru.blogspot.in/2016/03/reviews-on-prince-of-patliputra.html

Review Point: 4.75
Author: Shreyas Bhave
Publisher: Frog Books, Imprint of leadstart publishing
Genre: Historical
ISBN: 978-93-52015-50-4
Edition: First, 2015
Page Count: 382

About the Book

The Prince of Patliputra is the Book 1 of series Asoka Trilogy.Platform
Conquering the flame of history (272 BC), book is sealed over the most discussed place Patliputra. Discussing Taxila and Patliputra simultaneously in the gap of fifty years, books imprints Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta, and Samrat Chakravartin both of them ruling over large even larger area of Patliputra. Chandragupta had settled the place some five decades ago in the mentorship of Chanakya. Sushem is the next contender to be the Samrat of Patliputra. He has couple of brothers and Asoka is one of them. Sushem loves him lot and teaches the base of running a kingdom and handle people of the subcontinent. On the other hand, Chanakya bewares King Puru of the upcoming danger by Alexander who has massive army. Chanakya suggests Puru to be with Ambhi to abreast the future together and meanwhile he puts his best to convey and pacify Asoka’s mother about his future plans. Later, Asoka comes in touch with Devi who is Buddhist and feels affection for her, though he is Brahmin. Then what happens? Will Asoka be influenced by the thinking of her mother, which is conveyed to her by someone else? Will Sushem love him always as younger brother or will feelings be changed for the sake of the throne? Will Chanakya be successful in his game? How Asoka finds himself a genuine leader and simple person as Buddhists were? To know, read this amazing book ‘The Prince of Patliputra‘.
Positive about the Book
Amazing platform and mind blowing narration is the strength of the book. A deep secret and populous topic is presented to readers with the best possible way, it could be ever. Each and every character is depicted in such beautiful way and justified well. Story has the same pace and no boaring part. Dialogue writing is amazing. Writer has knitted both the era very well. Asoka character is presented perfectly. This story has love, life, betrayal, romance, revenge. No part of this book is beatable by any fact. To write the thing which is already known to all is always a tough task and writer has done his job in an appropriate manner. Plot is settled in such a way that story runs in a smooth pace by taking characters along. All the things are stated in straightforward way and each and every part is described in much depth. Giving sharp light to the well praise person of history, Chanakya, and religion Buddhism, this book not only covers the lives of Kings but also put thrust on such diverse topic which are the main theme of interest of readers. Proper co-ordination can be seen between the characters communicating either love or betrayal.
Negative about the Book
Though writer has said that the work is fiction. But it is not the right way to write abuses “son of whore”, “whore”, etc. It really leaves a negative impact in the mind of readers for the writer. Blurb is not impressive.
Conclusion
No words to appreciate the work of Shreyas Bhave. It seems, he has come from the time of Asoka and describing the things as he has lived on his own. Unbeatable concept of presenting the incidents and characters is showing his hard work and dedication towards this historical topic. Also, writer has defined Chanakya who everybody wants to read and know deeply even. Perfect ending is given to the book as it would be the beginning for the next of the series. Meanwhile, Shreyas has put the best book in the market which can not be replaced by any experienced authors available in writing field and working on such works for years. Though cover is quite fine and covers the entire concept of the book, but could be more impressive in the view of historical aspects. Many of the things writers has revealed about historians which were not known to people yet. Besides, by offering such work, writers has made himself secure in the heart of readers and given a safe place in their book shelves. At last, it must be read by every person of any age circle. Shreyas has amazing thinking and holding capacity which new as well as well established authors must learn from him.
Personal Opinion
I bow my head for the efforts Shreyas Bhave has made for this book. Nothing is comparative, everything he has done in it is standard now. I really can not believe that a person of this young age can claim such amazing book. But he has done and I must say, it is one of the finest books I have read yet. In 2016, till now, I have read 12 books and this is the work which is best in each and every manner. Now I am eagerly waiting for its next part. Such books have all the things which many of best of best selling books do not have. Promotion factors comes at end and book does not find massive readers.
Book: The Prince of Patliputra ( Asoka Trilogy #1)
Author: Shreyas Bhave
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 382
Price: 350 INR
Blurb: 272 BC, Bharathvarsha, Land of the Aryas….

Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas rules over the massive subcontinent from his holy seat in Patliputra. Almost five decades ago, his father had laid the foundations of this vast Samrajya guided by the famed Guru Arya Chanakya. But now, the wealth and glory of the past has subsided…
As the Samrat’s health continues to decline due to an unknown illness, problems are arising all over his realm. There is infighting and rebellion. No clear successor to him is present. Ninety nine of his sons stand in line waiting for his throne…
Bharathvarsha needs a Chandragupta once again. And it needs a Chanakya too. Can the young Prince Asoka, who is the least favorite son of the Samrat, fill in the boots of his grandfather? Can Radhagupta, a mere Councilor of the Court be what Chanakya was to all the Aryas?
Begin a new adventure with the first book of the Asoka trilogy as you read to find the answer to one great question- ’That who shall be the next Samrat of this holy land of the Aryas?

My Review:
When I learnt that the book is authored by a 21 year old guy, I was quite skeptical if he could handle this historical fiction with deftness. The author managed to totally eradicate my doubts by the time I was in the middle of the book.
“The Prince of Patliputra” is a historical fiction that deals with the life of Asoka, one of the towering figures in the history of India. In the first few pages, it was a bit difficult to comprehend the direction where the story was heading, but once you read a couple of chapters, you will surely be hooked to the book.
Garnished with conspiracies, clever strategies, subtle romance and bitter betrayals, the book is a fast paced read. What appealed to me the most in this book is the way Chandragupta’sjourney (grandfather of Asoka and the first Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas) is showed in parallel to Asoka’s journey. We can see Chanakya, the legendary personality reminiscing about how Chandragupta came into power.
Chandragupta came into power due to Chanakya’s strategies. The same way we can seeRadhagupta, the Prime Minister of Patliputra devising some clever strategies to put Asoka on the throne of his father. Asoka is the least favorite son of his father, Samrat Bindusarwhereas Maharaja Sushem, the elder son of Samrat Bindusar is loved immensely by his father. So, it is natural that he has high chances of sitting on the throne, but Radhagupta and Chanakya think otherwise.
There is one very funny instance in the book, where Radhagupta fools Sushem’s wife and uses her to intensify the animosity between Maharaja Sushem and Asoka.The subtle romance between Asoka and Devi is also narrated well. Those few instances provide a soothing relief from the conspiracies and the betrayals.
The author has given importance to each and every character, out of which Chanakya and Asoka will win the heart of most readers. In the flashback scenes, the character of Alexanderis also well sketched,
A few editing errors could have been avoided and some scenes could have been a little more crisp.
However, with good story telling skills, powerful characters and enough twists, Shreyas Bhave makes a great debut with his historical fiction. The book ends at a very interesting juncture which will compel the readers to wait for the part 2 of the trilogy, “The Scourge from Taxila”.
This book will appeal a lot to people who are fascinated by history and love reading historical fiction. Though I don’t belong to this category, but I still enjoyed reading the book.
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The Prince of Patliputra (Asoka Trilogy 1) By Shreyas Bhave – Book review

A well knitted historical account
Book name: Asoka Trilogy 1- The Prince of Patliputra
Writer: Shreyas Bhave
Price: 350
Total Pages: 382
Language: English
Publisher: Leadstart publishing (Published in January,2016)
Genre: Historical Fiction
 
Introduction: 
 
This is the debut book of Author Shreyas Bhave. History is deep sink in mysteries and that is the reason history always fascinated me. History has an important role in building the part of future and present. We all must have read about Samrat Asoka in school history book. He is known as one of the successful Samrat in whole Bharatvarsha after Chandragupta Maurya. Today India’s flag has the symbol of Asoka chakra as well as our national emblem is also derived from Asoka. This book is the first part of Asoka trilogy.
Plot summary: 
The book starts with a brief introduction of Chandragupta Maurya and his grandson Asoka. The prologue has intrigued instances where history repeats itself.
Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta Maurya and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas is now suffered from an unknown illness. Back then, Chandragupta Maurya has glorified his kingdom perfectly under the guidance of Arya Chanakya. Samrat Bindusar has got the vast realm from his father in legacy. He managed to rule his kingdom as per his father but now the things have changed and his health is declining due to an unknown illness. His 99 son is waiting in line to achieve the throne but in fact, nobody is suitable to take the holy throne of Patliputra.
The only candidate who looks suitable to take the throne is Asoka- an army general and least favorite half- vaisya son of Samrat BindusarThe prime minister Radhagupta and exiled Kautilya (Chanakya) is silently shaping the ways of Asoka to put him on the throne of Patliputra. Sushem, the most favorite son of Samrat Bindusar has already started Ashwamedha- Yadnya to prove his efficiency for the throne.
In this ebbs and flow, in this game of thrones the history is repeating itself and in this sensitive period, Bharat needs Chandragupta and Chanakya again. But all this is possible?
With the present story, author takes back you to in history to know the Chanakya and his rebel youth alliance of Chandragupta who eradicate Raja Ambhi and tyrannical Nandas from the throne and made an Akhand Bharat. 
 
This book is placed in the context of Ancient Bharat, where you can find caste-system, their interesting tradition & culture.
 
The book ends with various aggressive situation and questions. ’A west wind is going to blow strong over Bharatvarsha…..’
 
The answers, which we will find in the next part of this trilogy titled as ‘The Scourge of Taxila’.

Book Cover:

 

A historical fiction needs to be a grandeur book cover and here the author has wisely chosen to put the story world over the book cover, which will surely grab your attention. You can read the interesting journey of book cover here. 
Writing style:
 
This book is written with lots of research and a person who has the vast interest in history can write this kind of book. Although this is a fiction book but it will hold your nerves until you reached the last page. The characterization is simply awesome. While reading the book your mind will automatically shape the character. The writing style is smooth and you can read it in pace. The lively conversation between characters is the gaining point of this book.
My perception: 
Maurya dynasty is known to rule the largest empire of the world. Chandragupta Maurya has already left marks on history by his good deeds. Asoka, who was best known to Buddha religion spreader. has some of the features of his grandfather. This book travels between pride, betrayal, conspiracy, relations and love. In limited words, this book is a reflection of history  A must recommend book to everyone who want to know more about history.
Eagerly waiting for the second book!!
Know the Author:
Shreyas is a 21 year old guy currently pursuing his B.Tech in Electrical Eng. from VNIT Nagpur. His love for history since his childhood prompted his to write his take on the story of Asoka who was one of the towering figures in the history of India,
Apart from writing, his hobbies are songwriting, composing music, painting watercolors and sketching with pencils. He loves hiking in the hill forts of Maharashtra, is fond of blues and southern rock music, plays the guitar.
He is currently working on a startup to provide quality service to the end users of Transformer and Switchgear products in the country.
He is also presently working on the second part of this trilogy which shall be called ‘The Scourge from Taxila.’
You can watch the book trailer over here 
He can be reached on theasokatrilogy@gmail.com
You can grab a copy of this amazing book on Amazon
Halo of book: Excellent !!
Until next time, Keep Reading :)  
 
Source :- http://haloofbooks.blogspot.in/2016/02/the-prince-of-patliputra-ashoka-trilogy.html

The Prince of Patliputra by Shreyas Bhave – Book Review

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The Prince of Patliputra

BY: SHREYAS BHAVE

Synopsis:

272 BC BHARATHVARSHA, LAND OF THE ARYAS Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas rules over the massive subcontinent from his holy seat in Patliputra. Almost five decades ago, his father had laid the wealth and glory of the past has subsided. As the Samrat’s health continues to decline due to an unknown illness, problems are arising all over his realm. There is infighting and rebellion. No clear successor to him is present. Ninety nine of his sons stand in line waiting for his throne. Bharathvarsha needs a Chandragupta once again. And it needs a Chanakya too. Can the young Prince Asoka, who is the least favorite son of the Samrat, fill the boots of his grandfather? Can Radhagupta, a mere Councilor of the Court be what Chanakya was to all the Aryas? Begin a new adventure with the first book of the Ashoka trilogy as you read to find the answer to one great question- That who shall be the next Samrat of this holy land of the Aryas?

Book Review:

The Prince of Patliputra is debut book by the author, Shreyas Bhave, which I must say is a great effort by him. The book is the first in the Asoka Trilogy series. I have always been fascinated by stories of Asoka and admire the great ruler for many reasons. Perhaps this was one of the reasons why I was very keen to read how the author tells the story and this great ruler of ancient India and I must say I was not disappointed at all. The prologue itself is intriguing enough to compel the reader to turn the pages further.

The book takes the readers to the ancient world of the Mauryan Empire and explores the ancient world of the Mauryas, their culture, lifestyle, religion and the war of thrones. The author has penned the last years of the reign of Samrat Bindusara, Asoka’s father, in the book. He has woven a captivating story by simultaneously describing the ascent of Chandragupta Maurya (the founder of the Maurya Empire and the first emperor and a just ruler) to the throne fifty years ago by conquering the Nanda Empire along with the present decadent rule of Bindusara.

The author paves the way for the rise of Asoka to the throne by constantly telling tales of his bravery and military achievements. He has woven an intriguing tale by weaving history with fictional account of the life of Ashoka which is fast paced, highly engrossing and a sure page turner.

This is the first part of the trilogy, The Prince of Patliputra, where the author chronicles the military exploits and excursions of Asoka before he becomes the Samrat.

The author has been successful in bringing the highly written about and historical legends like Asoka, Chandragupta, Chanakya, Radhagupta etc. alive from the pages of history and setting them in a fiction.

The narration and writing style seems effortless and is easy to read. All in all a fast paced, tightly knit story that brings forth the story of the legend called Asoka through an interesting plot which is an amalgamation of historic facts and fiction. A must read for those who like historical fiction.

Source :- http://mybookshelf.in/book-reviews/the-prince-of-patliputra-by-shreyas-bhave-book-review/

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