Customer Review

Reviewed in India on 14 March 2018
ever since I have started reading Kavita Kane's books, I have become a fan of hers. in January, I came to know that a new book of hers was released.....and finally in March. I finally laid my hands on it.
first of all, I would like to thank the author for providing me information about her beautiful work and for giving me an opportunity to give an honest opinion on the book. mythology is a critical subject and more critical is it's retelling as if you do not know the tale properly and cannot narrate it in a gripping way then the reader would not find it interesting. I feel it is just a cup of tea for Kavita Kane for retelling mythology.
the book is the story of Satyavati and along-side bhisma told in a new twisted and poetic way. the book focuses on lesser-known characters like uparichar Vasu- biological father of Satyavati, dasharaj- foster-father of mastyagandha, amba- princess of Kasi and nemesis of bhisma and finally the most beautiful of all Satyavati or mastyagandha or yojanagandha or daseyi, herself.
the best part of the book is its beauty in language and gripping narrative. I felt that the beauty of the language and strong vocabulary of Kavita mam makes the book, truly a "masterpiece". one cannot put down the book if you have started once. although the book is of 400 pages, you would at least two days if you are a fast reader- for completing the book, for you need to understand each line along with its difficult words.
for the narration, it is just mind-boggling. the way she captures each character and emotions in her pen would leave you enthralled.
the book is a fiction and it totally stands for its genre. you would read new tales like the panchals- the tale of ugrayudh paurav- the uncle of dhrupad, the matsyas- the tale of mastya and Vasu- the real family of Satyavati and the epilogue- the death of Satyavati.
another perk of the book is its philosophy. you would see a lot of beautiful ideas of philosophy hidden within tales. the way the fights- that are also metaphor like the blows of swords are compared blows on heart and mind and the other scenes are explained truly captures the full attention of the reader.
the ending is just mesmerising, the way the author makes it a conclusive one by explaining how Satyavati accepts the consequences of all her choices and does not believe in fate and finally she enters into ganga and dies by drowning-realising all her mistakes makes it hit the right note.
the book shows three phases of the woman- the first as a woman who used lust as her weapon, the second as a woman who has a cold and emotionless heart and finally a woman who has realised all her mistakes and is totally broken down by her choices. the book totally is a worth reading. and if you have not read it, it is totally your huge loss.
overall the book is in simple words a "masterpiece". the best of all of Kane's books. a perfect tapestry of myth and imagination.
imaginative. intrigue. intense.
I would recommend the book to all the mythology lovers and to everyone who loves fiction and I am sure they would love the gripping story.
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