My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sharath writes and he does a good job with the words. He makes sure that the words are strung beautifully together so that when the reader reads, he gets only the best of what he has to offer.
I haven't read the first part of the series. I won a copy of The Rise of Hastinapur as part of Goodreads Giveaway. So I don't know what the first part has to offer, yet.
The dimension of looking at the characters offered in this series is worth applause. For example, I always wondered how a mother could just give away a son only to see him years later and claim to have loved him, always. It just didn't register in my brain or heart. But thanks to this book, I can somehow make a bit more sense about the circumstances that may make a woman do what she did, bound by circumstances that often leave no other options for one except for doing something that would only seem unimaginable at that point. Years later, those would only be little blots in the essay of life - maybe marred but made more meaningful only because of those blots.
The author's lucid writing style is commendable with more scope to emerge successful. Is the next Amish Tripathi already in the making? :)
Knowing atleast a bit of the original Mahabharata would be an added advantage as it would help the reader get deeper into the plot and would also provide the reader with a glimpse into the author's creativity.
- Divya Nambiar