Book Review- The Brahmin

Author: Ravi Shankar Etteth
Publisher: WestLand Publications
No Of Pages: 246
Genre: Historical Thriller, Murder Mystery

The empire is ruled with an iron hand, masterminded by Emperor Ashok. But his kingdom is under siege and even his able spymaster, the enigmatically named Brahmin, is baffled by the murders that have shocked the concubines’ quarters. Who is behind the gruesome deaths and what is their purpose?

Lush with historical detail and unforgettable characters, The Brahmin is an intelligently plotted novel that seeks to recreate a near mythical period in India’s past.

Book Review

I would like to thank WritersMelon for the review copy. My review here is unbiased and honest.

This is a well defined espionage novel to get us mesmerized by one and only “The Brahmin” the spymaster. This novel is set on the pre era of Magadha and Kalinga war. So the descriptive portions were really interesting as well as knowledgeable. 

Well at the start I couldn’t get myself into the story because there were so many suspects through the eyes of spymaster and his point of  view solely.So it was hard to know who the spymaster was mentioning at that particular conversation. Once the story reached the land of Ujjaini , it paved way to the most compelling conspiracies.

I kind of liked Brahmin character not for his bravery but for the knowledge he has on what he was doing, a neat work, a great Spymaster. King and his disciples believes Brahmin for his loyalty and the enemies fears for the same loyalty which Brahmin has towards the kingdom. Loyalty which I felt is the strongest knot in this story.

The way the kingdoms are infiltrated with spies of their enemies under their very own nose was briefly explained which hints us the toughest task they had during that time. The Greek involvement with the king and their loyalty towards them was indeed remarkable.

I loved queen Asandhimitra ways of hoisting the situation with her immense boldness and serenity. Actually she is the crown of king Ashoka. The mystery was absolutely well kept secret till the end. There was no revelation part at all but only the conspiracies all around. Another positive side of Ravaan was explained in this novel.The second part of the novel was really intriguing.

Overall “The Brahmin”  is rich with the era detailing and loyalty which adds a respectful feather to the espionage kind of novels.

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About The Author
Ravi Shankar Etteth is the author of four novels: The Tiger by the River (2002), The Village of the Widows (2003), The Gold of Their Regrets (2009) and The Book of Shiva (2016). He has been a graphic designer, political cartoonist and editor of magazines and newspapers. He currently lives in Delhi and works as a consulting editor of The New Indian Express Group.


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