★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece
Name: The Seal of Surya by Amritanshu Pandey
Genre: Fiction Language: English Pages: 222
My Rating: ★★★★★
Started(Re-Read): 12th May, 2015 Completed: 20th May, 2015
Total Reading Hour: 70 Hrs
Excerpt from Book:
‘He did not stop to observe his skill, nor to wipe blood off his face. I am a king, he reminded himself. I must be the best among my men , the most fearsome warrior that Solar blood can produce.’
More than a thousand years before Rama, civilization lay fragmented by wars between Aryas and their enemies. From a tribe at the frontlines of this battle, rose the boy king Ikshvaku, the first Manava, founder of the first kingdom in the Indian subcontinent.
This is a story of the first King of our lands – the founder of Suryavansha -of betrayal and loyalty, of dynasties and destruction. A perfect beginning to The scroll of Aryavarta.
In 2010, I read “Immortal of Meluha” by Amish Tripathi and in 2012, I read “The Talisman Of TROY” by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Both books gave me goosebumps and gave me new interest in mythological fiction. In end of 2012, I was discussing about mythological fiction with one of my best friends Sagar Mehta (who reads 10 books average in a month). He told me, It’s very hard to write mythological fiction because you have to take care of people’s sentiments (specifically in India as we are so much attached with it). Author cannot take so much liberty and still Amish did amazing job in 2010. But it’s required so much courage, so much reading, deep-thinking, philosophical view and positive attitude. If you want to showcase one side, still you have to maintain dignity of other side. Last year, I got 2 books for review and both are on mythological fiction – “The Seal of Surya” and “The Guardian of Halahala”. I was too excited to read both books but due to some personal commitment, I read both books in bits and pieces. I loved both books but I don’t like to read book in bits and pieces. So I have re-read these books again (will share my view on “The Guardian of Halahala” in next post) and so much overwhelmed by Mr. Amritanshu’s writing skill.
“The Seal of Surya” is first book from “The Scrolls of Aryavarta” series. The story begins when the ancient tribes of Deva and Asura are no more and the last of their wars brought destruction to either side. The Seal of Aurvan Surya is lost. The Solar tribes are without a ruler, and the return to Aryavarta has resulted in a confederation where hitherto there was a united clan-hood. Rakshasas, Gandharvas and Yakshas threaten the nascent cities of Aryavarta, and if their rise is not checked the Solar tribes may lose all they have gained. And thus rises Ikshvaku, the son of Manu and descendant of Surya. He forms Aryavarta’s first Kingdom and unites the Solar strength against the Anaryas- Rakshasas, Gandharvas and Yakshas. But the Seal of Surya is still missing, and Ikshvaku will need to find it to put his claim and authority beyond all doubt. The story spans across the the decades and the tale of Aryavarta’s first dynasty, the Suryavansha, and its first King- Ikshvaku Manava.
Author developed all characters equally and gave importance which makes this novel perfect. Below 2 are my favorite characters from novel.
Ikshvaku – He is founder of Suryavanshi line of kings, first king of Aryavarta. Author developed Ikshvaku’s character as larger than life. He is mature, capable to handle situation, understanding, humble, fearless warrior, strong, different and better perception from others and above all conservative thoughts whether it comes to rituals or comes to ruling kingdom.
Haryashva – Ashwak warrior and Ikshvaku’s friend and adviser. From very first meeting with Ikshvaku to every war he fought with Ikshvaku, everything is described amazing.
Most interesting parts in this book are,
- Ikshvaku’s first fight to prove him as King within Suryavanshi lineage
- Discussion between Ikshvaku and Haryashva
- Discussion between Ikshvaku and Narantaka.
- Meeting of Nimi with Narantaka
Some good lines from book:
- Good warriors hold many secrets, a great warrior holds a great secret. [Pg 11]
- The key to every victory is finding a calm place for your mind… If you can be dispassionate, if you can see the warrior and not just the man, you will be invincible… [Pg 18]
- Every warrior needs a personalised strategy to be beaten.. [Pg 19]
- True blood lust is not known to you and your men, King. A man is either born with it or he is not, but none can be trained to develop it. [Pg 100]
- .. Yet blood lust is not an assurance of invulnerability.. It is a tool that is wielded well by some and not so well by others. It breeds both lions and hyenas, after all. [Pg 101]
- Idols and artifacts do not define us. Our actions do. Our decisions do. [Pg 108]
I must say, this book is spellbinding. Credit goes to author as well as publication house for such an amazing novel. Do not miss this novel. Go, Get it and Read it. Also, Do not miss to visit www.ScrollsOfAryavarta.com to know more about the incredible universe.
Note: I received a copy of book from Pirates publication and I am very much thankful to publication house to share such an amazing novel.
Amritanshu Pandey is an Indian writer and author of the novel, The Seal of Surya. A naturalist by outlook, he also contributes articles to http://www.countercurrents.org
A keen amateur in the world of single malt scotch, he runs a malt reviews and coverage website at http://www.maltworship.com. The Scrolls of Aryavarta is his imagination of the Vedic and pre-Vedic history of India.
He holds a lifelong love for science fiction and psychedelic trance, and would be a far more productive writer if not for his hopeless addiction to American TV shows.
Loyalty is a two way street. If I’m asking for it from you, then you are getting it from me.
– Harvey Specter