A historical fantasy set in the backdrop of Nalanda and the end of Gupta Empire depicts the horror of Hun invasion, and power struggle between smaller kingdoms in an alternate universe bounded by magical reality. During the political turmoil, a prince vouchsafed to save Magadha from foreign invasion with the help of Nalanda’s intellectual teachers and their secret knowledge of Celestial Weapons. However, palace intrigues compelled him to renounce his claim to the throne and he embraced the life of austerity for a greater cause. Unaware of the baffling power of his enemies, the young prince entrapped in the political rivalry of Chandraketugarh and found love in an unexpected way. His journey to Nalanda unfolded many secrets of the ancient university that changed his destiny forever. Under the guidance of his mentor, eminent alchemist Budhaditya he overcame all odds and reached his goal; but just before the final battle, he faced the dilemma of choosing duty over love.
This story is purely fictional, based on imagination, not on historical facts and figures. Any similarities of events or characters, in reality, is purely coincidental and not made to insult any individual or group.
“My son, Kings come and die, kingdom wither away, people do not remember them; only remember those who bring “change”
Mala has written a beautiful historical fantasy in the backdrops of Pataliputra, Nalanda and Taxila which is filled with ancient secrets and always been prone to foreign invaders. The book also talks about the horrors of Hun Invasion.
This book certainly takes you to the world of a precious past- a past we forgot but still pleasantly haunts us. The book is incredibly heavy with lots of detail but Mala soothingly goes into details without being too overwhelming. This book sets an illustration of splendid characterization and keeping things simple.
A fast-paced book which is equally entertaining. Mala has set things fantastically fantasy. A twisted and shocking end and beautiful characterization make it a highly recommended historical fiction must read.
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