Krishna Udayasankar, for me is the queen of mythohistory, that’s what she calls this genre of mythological fiction. Immortal is a story of Asvatthama, the very famous character from Mahabharat.
Asvatthama was the son of Dronacharya, who was condemned at the end of the war to eternal life.
The book starts with a reference to Jelly Fish, which to me was a totally new learning.
Prof. Bharadwaj, Manohar and Maya Jervois set out to find the mythical Vajra. The journey turns out to be a big adventure for all of them. They he follow the trail from the temples in Dwaraka to all the way to Baluchistan. I will not get into more spoilers as I don’t want to spoil your fun!
The protagonist is an attractive figure, who actually may just make you fall in love with him. I totally enjoyed how his long life is tangled with the popular figures and elements in history. Asvatthama or Ashwa has met many such people and has even been a part of many battles.
What totally intrigued me about the protagonist was to know him as a person, his fear of his rotting body and still not being able to die. He is shown as a human with certain biological enhancements and not as a super hero. You can totally relate to him and can feel his pain. I liked other characters as well, who also come across as real people and not caricatures.
The style in which this book is written is very different from Aryavarta Chronicles. It is more like a modern thriller than mythohistory. The characterization and the plot is beautiful. The language is easy and comfortable. The thrill stays from the start to the end of the book.
Overall, the novel follows the typical action thriller format and is fast paced, exciting and very well written. The book is filled with well-researched references. The story keeps you hooked on and will always keep you guessing on what will happen next. I totally loved it!
I would totally recommend this to all. I would rate it a 5/5.