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Palace of Assassins

Palace of Assassins Leper Murderer Hero The battle of Kurukshetra has come to its catastrophic end after eighteen long days As Ashwatthama the lone survivor of the Kaurava camp slowly regains consciousness he realizes

  • Title: Palace of Assassins
  • Author: Aditya Iyengar
  • ISBN: 9789351950820
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leper Murderer Hero.The battle of Kurukshetra has come to its catastrophic end after eighteen long days As Ashwatthama, the lone survivor of the Kaurava camp, slowly regains consciousness, he realizes, to his horror, that he has been condemned to a life of immortality and leprosy by Krishna, the mastermind behind his opponents victory Burning with hatred for the PandaLeper Murderer Hero.The battle of Kurukshetra has come to its catastrophic end after eighteen long days As Ashwatthama, the lone survivor of the Kaurava camp, slowly regains consciousness, he realizes, to his horror, that he has been condemned to a life of immortality and leprosy by Krishna, the mastermind behind his opponents victory Burning with hatred for the Pandavas for killing his friend Duryodhana, and strickenwith anger at his own fate, he vows to seek revenge.When he hears of an infallible gemstone that promises to restore his mortality and cure his leprosy and allows him to exact vengeance he is determined to go to any length to acquire it But he finds himself facing an impossible choice, for his quest could result in the death of the woman he loves.An exhilarating tale of passion and redemption, Palace of Assassins masterfully recasts the events in the aftermath of the great war and presents Ashwatthama, one of the most misunderstood characters of the Mahabharata, in a whole new light.

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      Aditya Iyengar is a writer from India He writes Indian mythological and historical fiction and enjoys constructing epic fantasies.

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    1. To be honest when I first started this book I had no idea where this was going. I admit I had to google Ashwathhama and his role in the Mahabharata. It had been so long and the details were foggy. To be honest, I initially had him confused with Sudama. Of course, doing this research isn't really necessary. You find out who Ashwathhama is through the plot and story line. The writing of Aditya Iyengar was easy and breezy. I loved that the chapters were so small! It made me go through the book so m [...]


    2. Vani via Quint:It was my grandmother who first introduced me to the story of Ashwatthama, the son of Guru Dronacharya in Mahabharata. “He had a gift of immortality and might still be alive after all these many years,” she would often say, making my imagination go wild.As I grew up, I was surprised to see that there isn’t much written about Ashwatthama in the texts, leaving much room for speculation. Among the many stories that still abound, including those about haunted temples and forts w [...]


    3. This is a nice, quick airport read I’d recommend to fans of Amish Tripathi, Kavita Kane and Ashwin Sanghi. Palace of Assassins was intriguing to me as its title felt derivative of Palace of Illusions, the now almost classic mythological reimagining of Draupadi’s story in the Mahabharata. As a huge fan of the Indian epics, while also firmly anti-Ashwatthama in my loyalties, I needed no further reason to pick this one up. The book impressed me for two reasons: one, Aditya Iyengar manages to wr [...]


    4. I bought Palace of Assassins thinking that it was a standalone novel, but it is not so. Though not advertised so, it seems that it is the first one in a series. I’m generally apprehensive of buying the first book of a series due to the uncertainty of the subsequent books ever seeing the light of the day.This fantasy-myth-fiction starts just a few days after the great war of Kurukshetra with Ashwatthama waking up in a desert with the twin curses of leprosy and immortality. The story then follow [...]


    5. It's an entertaining read, there is no doubt about it. Powerful gems of the lore i.e. Syamantaka (possibly 'Kohinoor'!), the magic and mystery of 'tatva', the setup of Mahabharata, and confluence of Eastern and Western wizardry - the book has all the elements to be a bestseller. All it lacks is character depth, and a tight plot.You empathize with none of the characters and the plot moves along at a loose trundle - the romance between Ashwatthama and Kasturi is insipid, plugged in sketchily and i [...]


    6. A mythological fiction on the great warrior Ashwatthama - a character who hasn't seen much of limelight. It could have been a great book but unfortunately the writer could not do justice to the character. The suppose to be main lead of the book (Ashwatthama) was neither projected as a hero nor as a villain. In short, the character felt just like another guy in the book. If the writer projected him in a much stronger way, it could have made the book more interesting.


    7. “Palace of Assassins” By Aditya Iyengar introduces us to Ashwatthama lying famished, fading in a desert. He discovers to his much chagrined memories and a conversation with a voice inside his head, that he is cursed with being a leper and immortality.Ashwatthama then recollects the events before this curse, where the Kurukshetra war has just ended and the Pandavas are rejoicing & Ashwatthama has lost both his guru and father Dronacharya and his friend Duryodhana. To revenge their deaths, [...]


    8. Is everything fair in Love and War?Does the end justify the means?War ravages families. Even the side that wins a war, loses a lot in battle. Does war really serve its purpose?The Palace of Assassins is a book that promises a lot in terms of intrigue and insights into a great warrior on the aftermath of the greatest battle. Very little is ever written about the losing side in a war. Its always about the winner, the purported good guy (bad guys rarely win).In the context of the Mahabarath were th [...]


    9. For full review - Palace of Assassins on The Inked In Book Blog*Review copy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*The tale of the Mahabharata is one that I have loved since I was a child. I remember my grandma telling it to me as a bedtime story when I was around 10. Since then, I have revisited this story many times, reading various versions, watching shows and movies. So, yeah, I like it. The characters, the plot, the s [...]


    10. The book opens with the disastrous aftermath of Kurushetra war, all of the Kauravas but Ashwathama have perilled at the hand Pandhavas in the war. Ashwathama on the other hand has been condemned with immortality and leprosy by Krishna, the cow-herd (as he is refers to in the book) who was also instrumental in Pandhvas' victory in the Kurushetra War.The deceitful ploys employed by Pandavas to kill Dhrona (Ashwathama's father) and Dhuryodhana(Kaurava's leader) have left Ashwathama reeling for reve [...]


    11. After his debut novel titled 'The Thirteenth Day’, Aditya Iyengar digs deeper into the Kurukshetra War with his next book – ‘Palace of Assassins’. It acts as a follow up to his first novel, though one can take up reading it as a standalone book. Soon after the battle of Kurukshetra comes to a catastrophic end, the novel opens with the story of Ashwatthama. Being the lone survivor from the Kaurava camp, Ashwatthama now begins his journey filled with revenge, on a path towards redemption. [...]


    12. I usually don’t read mythology on a regular basis, for if it’s not written in a catchy manner, can ruin your reading experience. The best I’ve read so far is Shiva Trilogy. Aditya Iyenger in Palace of Assassins has made a good attempt to narrate. The book comes nowhere close to that of Amish but worth your time.We are usually told tales of happy ending of those who win. As a child, Mahabharata on TV ended with Pandavas winning the war. What about the ones who lost? The ones who were left a [...]


    13. The Palace Of Assasins follows the story of Ashwatthama post the blood wrenching kurukshetra war.It is a fascinating read for most parts. I really liked the way they took all elements of an epic adventure replete with mythical monsters and sorcerers. Like Iyenger’s earlier book, Thirteenth Day, the story goes back and forth to give another perspective to the Mahabharata.  The characters are well fleshed out and the action set pieces do evoke a sense of thrill in them.However, the book falter [...]


    14. The story starts at the end of the Kurukshetra war when Ashwatthama regains his consciousness in a desert not far from Indraprastha. He is the only one alive from the kavravas' side. After unsuccessful attempt on killing himself, his only motive in life was killing the Pandavas'The author has given a character and a personality to 'Ashwatthama' , who's character and fighting skills were unknown and was only known as Dronacharaya's son. Whether the story is mythological or fiction is unknown.Susp [...]


    15. The book is quite a simply read with an decent enough plot and for anyone starting up on reading or coming back to it should be a good one to get back into the game. Otherwise the book seems to shallow on its plots. The dilemmas brought about are not explored and the plot is straight up linear. My biggest gripe is that if written directly as a heist plot without adding the layer of the Mahabharat this would have been much easier. Adding the context of the Mahabharat makes it just confusing as th [...]


    16. By all accounts this one is a fast , engaging read with almost no flaws. As a lover of thriller / adventure I relished this one and it was rarely that I felt I am reading a mythology book. Aditya's writing is taut , the story has good pace and twists and the characters well sketched. There is no moment that the story feels dull. I quite enjoyed the monologues that go on in Ashwatthama's head about his past and present , with a certain voice of sarcasm and wit thrown in. It is the kind of story a [...]


    17. Starts well ends well. But gets really boring in the middle. Only good is u get to know a little about history



    18. It starts off well, then gets a bit slow and ends on a something to build on in the next book. I would have wanted the characters introduced in the end to have a greater role than what they had. Nevertheless, Mahabharata characters in the trojan war with Achilles - definitely want to read the next book.




    19. The book begins in a great manner. It talks about what happens post the kurukshetra war. The book itself is quite a light read and comes across as a page turner for the new readers. It is historically/mythologically inaccurate while at the same time being entertaining in parts. It feels like the author forced himself to add portions that were unnecessary. The twists seem all too obvious but this would be an excellent read for a 16 year old self.The entire story revolves around the life of Ashwat [...]


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