Book Review #181: Ashvamedha: The Game of Power

Author: Aparna Singh

Genre: Political Fiction, General Fiction (Adult), Indian Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Srishti Publisher & Distributors

Date of publication: 1 Spetember 2016

No. of pages: 224


Ashwin Jamal is a charismatic youth icon with a fan following that is larger than all the politicians combined and he just became the youngest Prime Minsiter of India. Little does he know that for the last 25 years he has been groomed and created to be the most powerful leader of the world under the control of a master manipulator – Hades. While the world starts looking up to Ashwin as the saviour, will the pawn be sacrificed in the end?


The virtue of internet or rather Amazon to be more specific is that you find such gems accidentally. What a fantabulous find. The entire plot has been played out beautifully and you can see that lot of thought has gone into the process. Each segment of the plot, all the characters, every sigle element of intrigue and mystery has been written to showcase the brilliance of a good book. The plot is absolutely gripping and will keep your attention engaged till the very end. What is authentic about this book is the touch of Indian culture through the quotes that have been used at the start of each section of the book. The entire categorization of the book makes sense and each character that has been introduced in the book play well with the whole theme of dark and dirty politics. Each and every element of the book is perfevtly in stnc wih each other.

What appealed to me specifically would be the clever cover image of a pawn and the dark horse which is a brilliant pictorisation of the plot and its various multitude of themes. 

My opinion: 

An absolutely fantastic read that I am going to rave about for a very long time. 

My rating: 5 out of 5

Favourite quote: 

The position and the power to control changes an individual’s behaviour and outlook and he may end up doing the same things he protested against once. 

Politics is such a bitch, it gives you pleasure, but takes away all you have. 

I just wanted to be the ruler of the world. You have todethrone a powerful man to be the most powerful. The ironies if the world. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person and there wasn’t any. I was left with i ly one choice – To create a powerful person. 


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