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Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 15th 2018 by Om Books International
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Vishnu Chevli
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Overall Verdict:- A superb read

It’s been a long time I’ve come across a book that lives up to the expectations of its cover. A ready-to-war Ashwatthama decked in front, resembling Krishna and a colophon that briefs his past and role in the story; the tone was set to be an engaging treat and I wasn’t disappointed.

“Ashwatthama’s Redemption...” takes place more than a hundred years after the events of Mahabharata Kurukshetra war. A cursed but super powerful demon king Dandak and his wreaking havoc
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Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another Indian mythology retelling done good.
Ritu Mantri
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
After Karna, now it is time for Ashwathama's redemption. He is a favorite among the authors and many books on Ashwathama are hitting the bookshelves, giving this immortal character some solace and salvation from his felony and curse.

Ashwathama's cursed eternal life gets some meaning and purpose when the rise of an ancient evil began to threaten the world. That evil could only be killed by a Lord Shiva or his incarnation by Vishnu's bow. Now Ashwathama completely fits in the bill as he is a demig
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Ipsita
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Everyone knows about the greatest war in mythology, about the Mahabharata, the war that started between two brothers to establish Dharama among the people for betterment of humanity. And what conspired in that great war was beyond imagination.
But no one knew the details of the brave and mighty warrior and demigod, the son of Dronacharya himself, Ashwastthama and about his fall. Or what happens after the war of Mahabharata when cursed and casted aside by Lord Krishna because of Ashwastthama's mo
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Khyati Gautam
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mythological Fiction is a fast-growing genre in contemporary Indian Literature. Our Indian mythology is very interesting with its larger than life characters and surprising events. And nowadays, more authors are venturing in its mystical arena.

Ashwatthama is a lesser-known figure of the epic Mahabharata. In the war that saw heavy bloodshed and gore, fight for dharma and adharma, events resulting due to karmic cycles, deceitful and treacherous means to win over one’s rivals, Ashwatthama played a
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Abhisikta Basu
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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'Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak' by Gunjan Porwal is an mythological fiction. The story takes place a hundred years after the Kurukshetra war (also called the 'Mahabharata War') where the author tries to explore the life of Ashwatthama, aftermath of the war.

When the kingdoms of Avanti and Surparaka discerned the fact that some uncanny events are occurring in the forest of Dandakaranya, they sus
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Swapna Peri
Book Title: Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak
Author: Gunjan Porwal
Format: Paper Back

Book Title:
The title of the book is ‘Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak’

Book Cover:
The cover of the book is a digital painting of the story’s torchbearer Ashwattama. His forehead is covered by his hair but the face reflects the anger. A giant and masculine body covered with a huge armour. A bow in one hand and another hand with the tightly closed wrist, which clearly depicts that he is ready
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Geeta Thakkar
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ashwatthama's Redemption- The Rise of Dandak ✨✨
By Gunjan Porwal 📖📖📖📖
Over a hundred years after the Mahabharata War, an ancient power threatens to destroy the new Age of Men, by establishing the Age of Terror of the asuras, long believed to be extinct. the only hurdle in its path is Guru Dronacharya’s son, the mighty but accursed warrior Ashwatthama, who lost all his powers following Lord Krishna’s curse and who unwittingly finds himself drawn into the quest of the lost bow of Lord Rama, the Koda
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Deepika Singh (deepika_reads_)
The story starts with the life after 100 years of Kurukshetra war. Ashwatthama, son of Dronacharya, lost his all powers and warfare skills due to the curse of Lord Krishna. His sinful deeds of past and its guilt made him to live a drunken nomad life. No purpose of his life seems to him untill his friend, Vikram came to him for his help. He was unsure would he be able to help anyone but he still proceeded with him.
The whole of their journey revolves around how they will combat with the most evil
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Shrikanth Venne
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all thanks to the author for sending me the free copy for a honest review. This book is about 2 kings Vikram and Rana with aswatthama and Urmila being protagonists and dandak, Vidyut and raktjiva being the antagonists. This story also has the information of the greatest war Mahabharata, which is very good for the readers to get the information. This story makes villain of Mahabharata a hero that is Ashwatthama. This story is about dandak coming back from dead as same as voldemort in Har ...more
Ronita Banerjee
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Name- Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak
Written By- Gunjan Porwal
Published By- Om Books International
Pages- 263
Ratings- 4🌟
Review-
The war is over, but the impact of the war isn't.
The Great war of Mahabharata and the stories surrounding it has been a real inspiration to every Indian. Sadly, people are losing their interest in Mythology and the teachings in Mahabharata and Ramayana are also eroding from our lives.
A book like Ashwatthama's Redemption jolted me back to the days when my gran
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Chetana Thakur Chakraborty
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the literary world, lately, there has been a lot of work on Mythology. The number of books on mythology, especially Indian Mythology is on the rise. I guess in recent times, the Indian readers are interested very much interested in reading this genre.
Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak by Gunjan Porwal is a mythological fiction.
Mythology has always been a subject of interest to me and is one of my favourite genres. I really liked the way the author has narrated the tale of one of th
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Shashank Pandey
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read so many mythological fiction books but none was as amazing as this book, Ashwatthama’s Redemption. I loved reading this book.

It is a fast-paced novel based on the story of Ashwatthama, the son of Guru Dronacharya, set 100 years after the Mahabharata war. Ashwatthama is the protagonist of this story and is projected as a hero, who saves mankind from an ancient dark power who is desperate to establish the Age Of Terror of Asuras, who are long believed to be extinct. Ashwatthama is a bi
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Venkitesh Mathakode
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
PLOT: 5/5
CHARACTERS: 5/5
LANGUAGE: 5/5
CLIMAX: 3/5
OVERALL: 4.5


FRONT COVER: -

Front Cover which is beautifully designed. Front Cover secures the scene of Ashwatthama - a strongly built with long hair, holding his bow ready for war.

Writing: -

Superbly, thoughtfully very well-crafted novel which draws amazing parallel between history and contemporary. Ashwatthama’s Redemption – The Rise of Dandak written by Gunjan Porwal is an amazing Mythological thriller.

The author has done a thorough study about the
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Chitra Iyer
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading mythological fiction but not each of them can be captivating enough. But in my opinion, after Amish Tripathi and Ashwin Sanghi, Gunjan Porwal, author of Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak, is the one to watch out for, for he has given his readers an amazing gift through his writing.

So, let’s get down to the review before I begin my rambling session.

Summary

The book is about Ashwatthama, Dronacharya’s son, who was cursed by Krishna after he broke the rules of warfare and k
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Neelam Mungekar
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Ashwatthama’s Redemption’ by Gunjan Porwal is a mythological fiction set over a hundred years after the Mahabharata War when all was going well and people were leading a peaceful life when all of a sudden there were signs (sudden deaths and suspicious things) that were leading to a suspicion in the minds of the rulers of the neighbouring kingdoms. To know the matter in detail the rulers decide to meet the knowledgeable sages of the neighbouring kingdoms to clear their doubts which finally leads ...more
Rajan
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Anything except romance is welcome from Indian writer. Romance writing is lazy. After success of Amish’s Shiva trilogy mythological genre is revived. It has unlimited potential and can be a most interesting. Gunjan tried to t=doo that in “Ashwatthama’s Redemption”.

Vikram, Rana and Urmila come to know a sinister secret wherein the mankind is threatened. Ashwatthama, the cursed son of Guru Dronacharya is the only one which can avert this. They have to find the Kodnada, bow of Lord Rama which is hi
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Booxoul
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Last two years have seen a rise in Authors experimenting with Mythology genre. Only this year I have read around twenty books on Mytho genre.

And the latest I am reviewing here is from the Author Gunjan Porwal, Ashwatthama’s Redemption – The rise of Dandak. Ashwatthama’s Redemption – The rise of Dandak takes a uniquely fresh approach on the lesser known outcast character of Mahabharata.

Ashwatthama’s Redemption – The rise of Dandak is a story of Ashwatthama. The book is set over a hundred after th
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Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
When the Kingdom of Avanti and Surparaka becomes aware of strange happenings in Dandaka forest (Dandakaranya), they begin to suspect the resurrection of the Asura King Dandaka. Dandaka has received a boom from Shiva so he can only be killed by Shiva and a Vaishnavastra. Ashwatthama, the son of Dronacharya, the invincible warrior who was cursed by Lord Krishna, is part Shiva incarnate. Ashwatthama is still reeling in guilt from his deeds at the Kurukshetra war, the curse has made sure that he has ...more
Priyanka Goswami
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I have always been a great fan of Mahabharata, I have grown up with the stories. We all may have read many books regarding Mahabharata Quest, but have you read anything about Ashwattama? This novel is one of a kind, where we come to know about one of the best warriors in Kurukshetra war, Ashwattama, the son of Dronacharya.

Ashwattama, as we all know was cursed by Krishna, post Kurukshetra war, for killing the sons of Pandava that, he would roam around the forests with blood and puss ozing out of
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Krupa
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Ashwatthama's Redemption takes place 100 years after the Mahabharat war. The story starts with Rana, the Prince of Avanti, hearing about disturbances on the borders of Avanti indicating the rise of a demon, Dandak. Meanhwile King Vikramsena has also heard of the possibility of Dandak rising from the dead, and leaves to find the one person whom he knows can help prevent this from happening- Ashwatthama. Rana, Vikram and Ashwatthama set off on perilous journey to retrieve a lost bow of Lord Rama t ...more
Audriza Banerjee
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everyone knows about the great Mahabharata War/ Kurukshetra War in order to establish Dharma for the betterment of humanity, the Duryodhan's army of hundred brothers along with the Narayani Sena fought the Pandavas and Krishna. In the episode we have come across Dronacharaya and his son Ashwatthama but little do we know about Ashwatthama or what happens to him after the war, when cursed by Lord Krishna for the former's disgraceful act in the war. He has long forgotten the purpose of his existenc ...more
Manjri Gopalan
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a mythological fiction book. Recently, a lot of Indian writers have chosen this genre, but many have failed in delivering/ meeting the expectations. Fortunately, "Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak" by Gunjan Porwal has hit the bullseye and it does not fail to entertain you.

Honestly, I was a bit skeptic before buying this book, as I have read a similar book on Ashwatthama sometime back and was not very happy with it. On the contrary, I found Ashwatthama's Redemption quite enticin
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Richa
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

At times, it gets difficult to comprehend as to whether immortality is a boon or a curse. Of course it appears to be a boon if its possessor has the responsibility and determination to save the world and its people from destruction for ages, but it is nothing less than a curse if one has no clue how to make use of it or has nothing to look forward to in his/her life.

If you have also grown up watching those mesmerizing epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana, it is very unlikely that you haven’t hear
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Anuya Patil
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak
Author: Gunjan Porwal
Format: Paperback/ Kindle Edition available too
Length: 264 pages
Publisher: Om Books International
Synopsis:
Over a hundred years after the Mahabharata War, an ancient power threatens to destroy the new Age of Men, by establishing the Age of Terror of the asuras, long believed to be extinct. the only hurdle in its path is Guru Dronacharya’s son, the mighty but accursed warrior Ashwatthama, who lost all his powers following
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Damini
Synopsis: The events of this story take place over a hundred years after the completion of the Kurukshetra War. The kings of several regional kingdoms find the safety and peace of their respective kingdoms under threat when mysterious events start happening in the peripheries of Dandakaranya. Keeping the incidents in mind, a conclusion is reached that the mighty Asura King Dandak, who had been thought to be dead for the past 5000 years wasn't dead after all, he had merely gone into hiding and h ...more
Priyam Ghosh
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"There is no one mightier than him in both armies. If he unleashes his anger, he becomes a second Shiva." - Bhishma describing Ashwatthama to Duryoudhana

Blurb:

Over a hundred years after the Mahabharata War, an ancient power threatens to destroy the new Age of Men, by establishing the Age of Terror of the asuras, long believed to be extinct. The only hurdle in its path is Guru Dronacharya’s son, the mighty but accursed warrior Ashwatthama, who lost all his powers following Lord Krishna’s curse an
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Abhilash Ruhela
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I have read a mythological fiction and I miss those days when I used to receive the books in the same genre just after Amish’s Shiva trilogy garnered indefinite success. Now people have moved to other topics again and whichever book comes out under this genre tastes like a half-baked cake. I picked up a book whose cover page attracted me towards it on this Sunday and finished the book by today within a day. The book is “Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise Of Dandak” ...more
Geeta Nair
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A debut novel and that too on a character accursed to live an immortal life stripped of all his celestial weapons, power and knowledge, ‘Ashwatthama’s Redemption’ will leave you thirsting for more. Narrated in simple language and at perfect pace, the book introduces you to various lesser known stories and aspects connected with Mahabharata and its characters along with mirroring the trials and tribulations of one of the greatest warriors of all times.
Ashwatthama the son of Guru Dronacharya, doom
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Barsha Roy Chowdhury
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are all aware of the greatest war in mythology, Mahabharata and the events that lead the Pandavas and the Kauravas battle in the field of Kurukshetra. We know about the mighty warriors Karna, Arjun, Bhisma, Dronacharya, Abhimanyu who fought bravely in the battle. Little do we know about the brave warrior Ashwatthama, a demigod and the son of Dronacharya. All we know is that, he was cursed by Krishna himself for his disgraceful acts in the war. Ashwatthama killed the five sleeping sons of the ...more
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