Mahabharata is an epic and this book is an emotional rendering of the pivotal character of Mahabharata. The book is crisp and to the point. In this massive epic, its easy to digress given the abundance of incident, but the author has avoided all that.
She has brought out the authoritarian as well as the soft side of Satyavati, a blend which probably catapulted her as the central character of Mahabharata, ultimately leading to the great battle. At places myths have been painted with a more practical approach.
A very gripping read and definitely recommended. More because mainstream Mahabharata speaks very little of this character.