Beautiful cover and very well written. I felt for Devavrat (Bhishm), and in a way felt Amba's passion and agony too. The author has made him sound so handsome that I couldn't stop imagining him! As for Satyavati, the fact that she keeps 'her' dynasty going at any cost, even when the bloodline doesn't belong to the Kurus anymore, is an irony well brought out by one of her daughters-in-law, Ambika. While Satyavati is the ultimate epitome of ambition and ruthlessness, her husband, King Shantanu, is a perfect alter ego - an epitome of a lust-ridden and weak willed man. Another character who was wonderfully etched to life, was the King's second brother, Bahlik, who gives him such a tongue-lashing, for ruining his own son's life. He predicts the doom of Hastinapur and his dynasty and that is exactly was happens in the future. Despite, having three sons, his lineage dies out.