While the plot draws a sigh out of you; yet another story based on yet another character out of Indian mythology. The neat narration that doesnt lose pace or gore for that matter has you hooked until the end. The language is clean. The book details the birth and rise of Indra as the king of Devas and in time, ascend to being god of thunder. What begins as a journey of vengeance, takes him through his self as a barbarian who works to become king, then the ultimate warrior, leader of brother tribes, slayer of evil and eventually graduate as a god, literally relocating to heaven, so he could keep a protective watch over lesser mortals. This journey as you can imagine, is not easy.
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While the plot draws a sigh out of you; yet another story based on yet another character out of Indian mythology. The neat narration that doesnt lose pace or gore for that matter has you hooked until the end. The language is clean. The book details the birth and rise of Indra as the king of Devas and in time, ascend to being god of thunder.
What begins as a journey of vengeance, takes him through his self as a barbarian who works to become king, then the ultimate warrior, leader of brother tribes, slayer of evil and eventually graduate as a god, literally relocating to heaven, so he could keep a protective watch over lesser mortals.
This journey as you can imagine, is not easy. Why and how Indra tackles life and his destiny is what the novel attempts to convey. What worked for me: 1. The plot, events and narration in general. One thing leads to another naturally and the author takes us through in a logical pace.
Short chapters that makes it easy to navigate. Subtle humour that runs along, without getting cocky. The author plays a clever hand here. What did not work for me: 1. At one point it just got plainly queasy and felt like the author had run out of imagination. Granted, our ancestors lived literally like animals but detailed explanations everytime and the frequency only made the author sound like an ancient version of E.
Ruthless killing in the name of war happens page after page. No wonder history is so violent! Be warned of possible nightmares if you sit on this one late.
There are atleast a hundred names in here. And a few hundred more for animals and weapons even. They all end up sounding very very alike, and sometimes even gender-neutral. I had a tough time placing Ur-Uruk and Ugra. Wait, did I get it right? The war sequences are presented in excruciating detail. While watching it on screen would be easy on your imagination, reading about it line by line, grows tedious after a hundred pages.
Those sequences could have been trimmed. And, the mission of Indra, describes the need to unite the sons of Aditi. Sadly, you have to dig that act up amidst descriptions of a hundred other battles. The blurb wonders whether Indra would ever get the one woman he loves, to love him back again. There is no description of any such attempt in the book. They drift apart. For someone he claimed as his true love, this was simply lack of effort and interest.
Take my word for it when I say, that phrase appears atleast times in this book. I admit, the number is exaggerated, but that is how magnificently annoying it was. One more occurrence and the book could have been renamed. Thundergod —Unlike the world had ever seen! Verdict: Thundergod is a good and interesting narrative. It guarantees a read that will take you from cover to cover, having to make only a few pitstops enroute.
Definitely commendable for a debut. Pick it up when you are in the mood for a history lesson that holds the promise of a roller coaster ride.
Book review: Thundergod: The Ascendance Of Indra
The devas are one of the many tribes that inhabit Eurasia and they share their lineage with Ikshvaaku, Yavana, Aditya and Asura tribes. Indra is born of the union of Daeyus, king of a tribe, and a celestial being. He has golden hair, which further emphasises his Eurasian roots. According to a prophecy, Indra is the warrior destined to unite the Devas, Ikshvaakus, Yavanas, and Adityas, and then lead them in battle against the Asuras. Daeyus is killed when Indra is just a baby. A sage called Mitra, who before renouncing the world was a renowned warrior of the Aditya clan, brings up Indra and four other orphans — Vayu, Agni, Varuna and Soma — at his ashram.
Thundergod - The Ascendance of Indra
Ask a question About the Book Born of prophetic union between the Earth Goddess Gaia and Daeyus, chief of the Devas, come the story of a child recounted by history to have become a king and retold by legend to have transcended into a god. Shielded from the usurpers of his birthright only by the watchful eye of the warrior sage Mitra, he first sets out to conquer the hearts of his tribesmen, and them the kingdoms of the unmapped world. Aligning forces with his brothers by blood oath and divine intervention- Agni, Vayu, Varuna and Soma-Indra embarks on a military campaign of epic proportions, stretching from the Euphrates in Asia Minor to Harappa on the subcontinent, encountering formidable armies, demonic beings and powerful goddesses, and losing the only woman he really loves. Will he get her to love him again? Will he avenge the death of his father? Will he assume his place in the pantheon of the gods?
Thundergod: The Ascendance of Indra | Rajiv Menon | Book Review
Thundergod: The Ascendance of Indra, I believe, falls in the second league — where it comes, gets noticed and is glossed over as just another passable work, plain vanilla in a world full of roasted almonds and exotic hazelnuts. It invokes pity, for if it were the year , before the likes of Amish Tripathi and Ashwin Sanghi walked the literature circles of India, Thundergod: The Ascendance of Indra would have surely made it big, but is sadly not and therefore the concept is just a hypothesis. Indra is born as the prophesied son of Daeyus, the chief of Deva clan, as an outcome of his clandestine copulation with one of the most exquisite of all divine beauties — the Earth Goddess Gaia. The redeemer for one clan is the exterminator of another and therefore, right from the moment he is born, dark forces begin conspiring against him, as a result of which he and his father are never at peace.