Book Review | Kurukshetra

The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3 | Kurukshetra
by Krishna Udayasankar

I am not really sure how wise my decision was to skip first two part of the trilogy and read this one, but once I am done with the third book in the series, I know that reading this book actually pleased the literature lover inside me. The book is a brilliant piece of fiction but one has to be really, really engrossed and attached with the theme to enjoy this piece of art!

Also, a different perspective to the well established Indian legends is one genre of books that interests me the most.


The narration of the book is pretty good. Krishna Udayasankar has proved herself to be a perfect storyteller. Though I found the book a really slow read, the narration is however gripping and expects the reader to keep pace how things unfold.

The narration is good enough for even a person unfamiliar with Mahabharata to grasp the plot quickly.

The book is pretty visual. And that is the best part of the narration.

Theme and Setting

As the name suggests, the is set during the 18 days of the war of Kurukshetra. The scenes are depicted with great excruciating detail.


Since it is a fiction and no re-telling of the Mahabharata, the twists and turns are pretty unexpected. The characters are beautifully portrayed and are not just the divine characters but an epitome of the emotions that were associated with them. The fact that no one needs a war that was totally uncalled for has been clearly embraced by the author.

My Opinion
I definitely need to read the first two books to join the dots that I have been missing. I found the language a bit hard to grasp for a fast read. The book is definitely philosophical and is an open-ended book for the readers to comprehend the implication for various twists and turns in the fiction.

I like the fact that how Duryodhana is often addressed as Suyodhan because he has never been an evil character to me. Also, each and every character in this book has shared an equal space which again is a plus point. This book also covers the life of Abhimanyu’s wife and their life together which has been unsung.

One has to keep in mind that this is a fictional account and that you can not be sadly judgmental about any of the facts. Also, you have to yourself think which part is a fact and which is fiction.
I enjoyed the fact that the only human God has not been portrayed as just a God but a materialistic man with all needs, wants and political instincts.
I like the prose in the book too. All in all the book is pretty good but as I said, one has to read the first two books to make sense out of the final one.

Publisher: Hachette India
Price: INR 350
Pages: 436
My Ratings: 3/5
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