WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5
Disclaimer – This is a spoiler-free review, so you can safely go ahead and enjoy it.
Before I start this review, I have a confession to make. When the first book in the Ram Chandra series was released in 2015, I never got a chance to read it. Hence when the second book was announced, I knew I had to read both the books this time.
So, it happened that I read the Scion of Ikshvaku on 28th May 2017 and “Sita: Warrior of Mithila” on 29th May 2017. At the end of it, I was as happy as a clam. Let me tell you all the reasons why I found this book to be an exceptional read (without giving away spoilers, wait! have I told that already?)
After the story of Ram in the Book 1 of the Ram Chandra series, “Sita: Warrior of Mithila” tells us the story of Sita right from her childhood to her wedding with Ram to her abduction by Raavan.
To start with, the book opens on an exciting note. There is a huge revelation in the first chapter itself. Like Amish mentions in the foreword, he had left some clues in the last book and hence some readers might have already guessed what the big news is, but I refrain for obvious reasons. From the very start thus, the book braces the reader for an exhilarating read.
Amish has adopted a new style of storytelling in this book, called hyperlink. In hyperlink style narratives, the story is told of and through many characters and there is a link which brings all these stories together. I must say that I quite appreciate the idea, it makes the book much more interesting and fascinating. The plot of the book is well thought of and is connected to the events that happened in Scion of Ikshvaku. There is a frequent change of place and time in the storytelling and that helps the book maintain a fast pace throughout.
The characters as always are the most impressive. It’s just pointless to even mention, how it is the characters that steal the show. As the cover indicates, Sita is shown is an entirely new light; much different from the coy Indian “susheel” stereotype. Amish has certainly redefined the way India will look at its beloved Goddess. This according to me is the most fascinating and unparalleled achievement of this book.
The writing style of the author is brilliant. He takes us on a journey through ancient India and makes it come alive for us. I also liked the way he imparts a lot of knowledge in his stories. “Sita: Warrior of Mithila” is no exception in this case. There are some really deep philosophies mentioned in the book which makes us look at history and mythology in a new light. I love the way Amish has experimented with ancient knowledge and created yet another masterpiece.
The only major qualm that I have with this book is that there is a lot of repetition of text from the earlier book. That can be both good and bad. Good for somebody like my husband who read Scion of Ikshvaku two years back, and the repetition only helped his memory. But it was surely bad for people like me who just recently finished reading/ rereading the first book and found a lot of things a plain copy-paste job.
Moving onto the climax, the book scores a stellar 5 on 5 in this department. Just like the last book, “Sita: Warrior of Mithila” has been planned in a way so as to leave the reader craving for more. There is a new revelation towards the end and I can only guess what that means for the next book which tells us the story of Raavan. There are also a couple of other mysteries which have been left unravelled to be hopefully addressed in the next book.
Overall, the book is a winner. It is really a waste of space and time to even state that “Sita: Warrior of Mithila” is a must-read recommendation. So, guys what are you waiting for, grab your copy today!
Also, I still haven’t received either of my pre-order or reviewer copy. But I just couldn’t wait to read this one and so yet again, Kindle was my saviour for the day. In case you have been wondering, that is the reason I haven’t commented anything on the cover, typeset, quality of the book etc.
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