Title: Upon A Burning Throne
Author: Ashok Banker
Pages: 352 pages (Paperback)
Genre: Mythical Fantasy
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Simon and Schuster India
In a world where demigods and demons walk among mortals, the emperor of the vast Burnt Empire has died, leaving a turbulent realm without a leader. Two young princes, Adri and Shvate, are in line to rule but birthright does not guarantee inheritance: Any successor must sit upon the legendary Burning Throne and pass The Test of Fire. Imbued with dark sorceries, the throne is a crucible that incinerates the unworthy.
Adri and Shvate are not the sole heirs to the empire, there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives. When this girl, whose father is the powerful demonlord Jarsun, is denied her claim by the interim leaders, Jarsun declares war, vowing to tear the Burnt Empire apart – leaving the young princes Adri and Shvate to rule a shattered realm embroiled in rebellion and chaos.
Upon A Burning Throne is a mythical fantasy divided into four parts that spread over different timelines.
Inspired by the Mahabharata, this story too revolves around a throne. The two princes Adri and Shvate is in the line to the throne ( though considered I’ll suited for one being blind and other alpino) and passes the test of Fire proving themselves worthy. But they are not the only one to pass the test and bloodline doesn’t seem enough to guarantee you an inheritance. And when the daughter of Jarsun too survives the test and claims her right, the empire is thrown into chaos.
Though inspired by the age old epic, Upon A Burning Throne is very much original in its own essence and narrative. The plot is thick with rich characters. And the world building is unique and mystifying. Told through multiple povs the writing is gripping.
Took me some time to get in but the ride after I settled was an experience in itself. Will leave to anticipating the next installment. Definitely recommended.