HONOUR. DESIRE. VENGEANCE. Aryavarta – the ancient realm of the noble. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta . Maybe I am a little late to the party but could not resist answering this question as I have read one series and attmepted to read the other but failed. First about. Krishna Udayasankar is a Singapore-based Indian author, known for her modern retelling of Mahabharata through the novels Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra. The three books collectively comprise The Aryavarta Chronicles.

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The book was published in and is available in paperback. Highly recommended, specially for enthusiasts of I Fascinating world building.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Off course it is Govinda who ultimately triumphs. There are many more characters that play further important roles and should be discovered chtonicles the readers. Adds to the immersion. The current work seems like a rushed job – you want more of it.

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After Meluha it seems that young people with a Post – Grad degree and an ability to write are on a spree to pick up a mythological character and mold it into human form and write a battle around it. I have read other books too. The rivalry and fighting between the Firewrights and the Firstborn dynasty is a thread which runs through this book and as Book One comes to an end, stays alive to continue into Book Two. The only thing that fascinated me in this book was Yudhistra’s admission to Draupadi that Duryodhana and his brothers were probably the rightful heirs of Kuru empire I took me sometime to make up my mind about this book.

It almost felt like govinda shauri is way too smart and rest a little too dumb, for my liking. What came as a shocker was the language, it was so casual, the conversation between two characters was so much like our day today convo,if you are writing for a particular era than make sure that dialect matches to that age.

Govinda (The Aryavarta Chronicles, #1) by Krishna Udayasankar

The rest of the Pandavas are portrayed equally beautifully. Were they really evil? Return to Book Page. With more aspects to the personality of the various characters which she builds so exquisitely, she is able to weave a wonderful story, when many of the others chronivles just been collections of incidents about aryavafta characters involved in the Mahabharata.


The fate of the humanity rests upon their hands. The manner in which plot reveals has been controlled and presented well. What a refreshing read! We are told about the machinations of the order of Firewrights that has lead to the ruination of the Matsya kingdom.

The Aryavarta Chronicles

View all 16 comments. Govinda is the tale of a man.

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Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda

Krishna does exceptionally well to make it interesting for those who know the stereotypes but yearn for someone to conne It is not often that an author is brave enough to take on one of the most well known mythological and religious texts for her debut novel but, knowing her, albeit in another life a long time ago, one would expect no less from Krishna. Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. The point of this tale, these characters will never be about remounting history, but about the joy the story gives each one of us.

It opens with a conquest of a princess in a parched landscape in an underlying tone of writing that is perfected to the minutest detail.

He is as enigmatic and charismatic as his namesake Krishna in the original. I must complement the author about the sincerity with which she has presented the story. Instead of reading from Kurukshetra, I decided to reread the series from scratch, as one does.

There are many examples in this book, where the author has taking a tangent from what is most read about these incidents. Another thing that highly pleased me was the treatment Krishna Udayasankar has given to characters like Shikandin, Panchali, and Duryodhana. The Aryavarta Chronicles is a series of books written by the incomparable Krishna Udayasankar.


One thing that comes to my mind after finishing this book is ‘Krishna. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?

I have said this time and time again, but my favorite part of Govinda will always be the Author’s Note. In this tale, he is referred to by his ayavarta name of Syyodhan and he is just another character and not the prince of darkness as most other authors would have us believe.

Draupadi is feisty, and is not constricted to being the quintessential Bharatiya Nari. And I was shocked to read that Rukmini was kidnapped aryavarya Pradyumna. Open Preview See a Problem? Udayshankar has been able to weave a charm chronnicles is essentially grand and sublime stream of experiences in his evocative new dark take on the Mahabharata. The book is set in the ancient historical world of Aryavarta, a land of glory and beauty but that is now crumbled and wasted, as a result of a century long battle between the descendants of Vasishta Chronkcles, the protectors of the Divine Chroniclez on Earth and the Angirasa family of Firewrights, weapon-makers to the kings and master inventors.

Having been a huge fan of the new wave of mythological retelling, I had been looking forward to the release of ” The Aryavarta Chronicles “. If only chapters were designed such a way that we only get to read particular chapter in particular POV Like game of thronesbook would have become more fluid and smooth. Have learnt several new words, words chronjcles I have unheard before. The fans of B. Panchali or Draupadi is an important character in this book.

This is a story purely focused on the socio-political structure of the land and the characters that are presented as human beings with agendas of their own. I previously mentioned the author of Krishnavatara as C. Cant write a detailed review as I had no strength and willingness to wrack my brain or time over this.