Upon a Burning Throne
In a world where demigods and demons walk among mortals, the Emperor of the vast Burnt Empire has died, leaving a turbulent realm without an emperor. Two young princes, Ad ...more
Moreover, Leah Rachel von Essen's review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... mentions "one of the most disturbing scenes I’ve read in fantasy"--a different scene.(less)
The Mahabharata is an epic of epics. It is incredibly long. While the Ramayana is a story of the golden age, the Mahabharata is meant to be about the transition to the modern age of confusion. In this epic, warriors and kings are no longer sure of their moral duties. As a made-up example, you face your brother, who wronged your wife, in war. You are obligated to your wife to kill him; but you are obligated not to kill your brother; but you are obligated by the rules of battle to kill the enemy....more
I devoured this 650+ page book in 4 days, which I think says a lot in and of itself. It's been so long since I've felt like I couldn't put a book down, and this book was it. I think this book just has so many elements that I love - morally grey characters, complicated family dynamics, political intrigue, rich worldbuilding, and a healthy dose of action and violence to top it all off.
Just a quick disclaimer though that I ...more
I will start this review by thanking Ashok Banker for fighting to get this book out in the world. This book is not just a book you read, It's a book that you digest, ruminate over and enjoy thoroughly.
Those new to his writing like I am will be so intrigued by the intricate attention to detail and perfect melding of so many plots and characters. Also big thank you to John Joseph Adams for realizing how specia ...more
That being said, I was pretty intrigued to dive into this one. I'll admit that I was getting tons of Game of Throne vibes - which is good because so many other people mentioned that save vibe in their reviews. Phew! Glad we are all vibing together.
As for the characters, it felt like a lot to keep t ...more
I read a slew of 1 star reviews I agreed with. I read tons of 4-5 star reviews I agreed with. This novel is *very* YMMV. (Your Milage May Vary - highly depending on reader proclivities.)
In the end, I could not finish this after 236 pages. And yes, I know how foolish it is to rate a book you haven't actually finished. I never claimed to be a sage of common sense.
I do, however, have a goodreads account that I can do whatever the hell I want with.
The good: Delicious world bu ...more
Upon the Burning Throne opens up with the most dull, long-winded, derivative prologue I've read in recent memory, and that kind of set the tone for the next couple of hundred pages. One dimensional characters, prose that's riddled with info-dumps and lists (good lord, so many lists *clutches head*), and is, apparently, a terrible retelling (of The Mahabharata) to boot.
At least the cover is pretty.
Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own. ...more
DNF at 267, though I may pick it up again at some point. This book had a lot of potential but it was just so plotty and all of the characters lacked any substance. I thought the prologue was really cool and I was excited to see Adri and Shvate compete with Jarsun’s daughter, but she literally never was mentioned again (even in Jarsun’s chapters).
I also really hated the way literally all of the female characters were treated. All of them were objectified in some way or another and t ...more
"...He is ...more
I love that it's pitched as "Indian Game of Thrones." and I totally ...more
First of all, a big thanks to Simon and Schuster India for providing me with a hardcopy of this book as a part of the blog tour.
Pitched as an epic retelling of Mahabharata and as the Indian Game of Thrones, I was intrigued by this book and the prologue which is kind of long but captivating. I finished reading this book last night and have a LOT of thoughts.
↠ The world building is phenomenal. It's so detailed and the author's descriptions are extremely vivid. Right from the ...more
Unfortunately it was just okay.
It felt like it dragged on a bit and with the hundreds of different kingdoms it was quite confusing at first. I didn't really connect with the princes and had high hopes for the girl contender of the throne to make her appearance, which she didn't.
I'd assume that this is going to happen in the next installment, but at this point I am not sure if I am going to continue with this series.
The battles ...more
CW// ableism, rape (mentioned)
I was super hyped to get to read Upon a Burning Thorne, it sounded like everything I could want in an epic fantasy. Gods and demi gods, a fight for the throne political intrigue, but unfortunately I just don’t think it was for me.
The story starts off with an incredibly long prologue. The drama that goes down on the first page had me hyped, but then it drags out. The author proceeds to info dump, giving us a unnecessarily long history lesson.
I didn’t find ...more
Despite being based on the Mahabharata epic, Upon a Burning Throne manages to distinguish itself enough from the original in ways that benefit the overall narrative. Where it fails is the adherence to the original characters and plot which once recognized completely takes you out of the immersion of the fantasy world the author has worked so hard to build.
Speaking of worldbuilding, despite some praising the characters, I coudn’t help but ...more
Well, this is first retelling of "Mahabharata," though I haven’t got any idea if there has any other retellings of Mahabharata. So, the Author has played a little with the name of the characters of Mahabharata, e.g. Karni (Kunti) , Kern (Karn), Vrath (Bhishma Pitah), Shvet (Pandu), Adri (Dhritarashtra) Sha’ant (Shantanu).
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Disclaimer: A Physical Copy was provided via Simon and Schuster India as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.
Upon A Burning Throne is the start to what looks to be a fantastic and intriguing fantasy and is only compounded by the fact that it is not only simply and quite well written; it is also engrossing and has an enchanting world any reader would love to dive into.
Upon a ...more
** I received a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ** ...more
Why you ask? Well to start with, the exposition in this novel was incredibly disconcerting. I am a big fan of high fantasy and world building b ...more
When it comes to world building, Ashok K. Banker has done a great job in his new novel Once Upon A Burning Throne but overall the book was a miss for me. There was a huge cast of characters to wade through and even the list at the beginning of the book grew frustrating as I continuously flipped back and forth on my tablet. The chapters were short and switched narrator each time so it never ...more