“272 BC BHARATHVARSHA, LAIID 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:

Pulling off a book with a known history plot is like creating art out of useful things and i would like to applaud for the writer Shreyas Bhave for the efforts and research behind the book and considering this is his debut book *applauds stronger*

This Asoka trilogy book 1 shows two time periods 272 BC and 50 years before ; how two great personalities Ashoka and Chandragupta rise to power kind of in a similar fashion. It explores history of Patliputra, Taxila, the idea election system , life of Aryas and Buddhism and even the Alexander the Great . The incidents of our history is depicted pretty well in the book in the form of a very interestng fiction.

The story takes you through conspiracies, suspense, rajatantras, love, betrayal, communal differences, pride, ego and so on which wont let you to keep the book down; consider the fact that i did not even though my exams are nearing 🙂 . Eventhough it is named after Ashoka, the whole story is stole or lead by the great mind Chanakya, how he with chanakya-tantras or cunning and intelligent ways keeps the grace of realms in his ways which is sheer brilliance depicted in both the times. Even Alexander the Great fall for his words and plans.

A line from the book , quoted by Chanakya which striked me is : “It is better to talk a lot, and be a leader, than work a lot and be a slave” ; A point indeed!

Excluding some minor distastes like all characters winking a lot, using India instead of Bharat in some places considering the time period, and lot of talks over wine and deer and similar scenes it is a great work to enjoy.

I will rate this must-read book a 4.25/5 ; highest so far by me 😉

About The Author – Shreyas Bhave

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 him 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 & southern rock music, plays the guitar. He is currently working on a startup to provide quality services 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. He can be reached on Website:

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