Prince of Ayodhya
by Ashok K. Banker
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
388 pages; ISBN: 0446530921
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Thousands of years before India became a nation, the Ayran nations fought a war against the Asuras, the evil minions of the Dark Lord Ravana who reigns in the nether world of Narak. The humans were victorious and drove the forces of darkness back to their own world and for over two decades the Ayran nations knew peace. The Maharajah Dasaratha of Ayodhya, the capital city of Kosala, names his eldest son Prince Rama as his heir.
The millennia old seer-mage Brahamirish Vishuamitra warns the people of Ayodhya that Lord Ravana intends to invade the human world and destroy everyone in it. As a first step in stopping him he requests Prince Rama accompanies him to the Southlands, a dark and evil place that must be destroyed. The prince, imbued with Brahamirishi powers is given the task to destroy the evil demoness who holds dominion over that piece of land. Back at the capital, the Dark Lord’s influence reaches into the highest levels of the royal family and will not be easy to root out.
This story is based on the ancient Indian tale, “The Ramayana” and is set in what is now India but several millenniums before the birth of Christ. Prince of Ayodhya is an enthralling epic fantasy that is filled with heroic men and women fighting the forces of darkness because it is the right thing to do. The protagonist, a sixteen-year-old prince, is transformed into a powerful sorcerer and a great warrior who is pure of heart and full of virtue. It will be interesting to see how he matures in the next two books of this trilogy.
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