Book : ASHERAH : THE WARRIOR PRINCESS
Author : Rubina Ramesh Genre : Fantasy, Epic, Period Drama
Format : Kindle
Language : English
Bound by duty…Longing for love.
Warrior Princess Asherah’s mission is to destroy the cruel godling, Sandor, who was feared both by men and gods. She is forced to seek the help of the ancient God and her husband, Lord El, whom she married at a young age. But there she falls in love with Lord El’s stable hand, Hanish.
Hanish knows his limits. He knew falling in love with Asherah was forbidden.
They’re both bound by duty – one to her kingdom and the other to his master – and so they try their best to fight the growing attraction between them.
Will this forbidden love ever reach fruition? When Asherah discovers the truth about Sandor, will it sabotage her love for Hanish? Or will the truth about her marriage to Lord El destroy her forever?
Caught between three men, Asherah has to travel to her past to know her present. Will her heart finally recognize her true love? Grab a copy of Asherah now to find out.
There is a difference between a great author and a smart author, Rubina Ramesh as an editor knows the distinction between the above mentioned categories and she manages to create a balance between them. Asherah The Warrior Princess strikes a chord for being an elegant work of Fantasy . Oh, yes it has taken a few elements from Western side but the end product is truly original. Let me point out the positive great things about the book. There have been very few successful fantasy series in Indian English Literature. Devaki Nandan Khatri’s Chandrakanta was an epic fantasy novel which gained critical as well popular success, there have been few Mythological and Sci Fi series, but hardly any Fantasy stuff. I am having high hopes for the next instalment. The characterization of Asherah & Hanish is well crafted and so is the romance between them. The dichotomy between age old love and duty is extremely engaging. There are few great supporting characters like Sandor, God El among others. There is a conflict in the mind of Asherah, an obedient daughter and a warrior princess; this struggle made her a very postmodern approach. An extra brownie for all the imperfections in Asherah.
There are lots of questions surrounding the marriage and the forbidden love and then there is magic too. Yes, the author keeps you in dark about these mysteries and the climax adds up to the suspense. So what happens to the love story or extra-marital affair ?
What happens to the assassination of Sandor ?
What is the fate of the stable guy, Hanish ?
Like the land of Mordor ( Tolkein vibes), do we have the land of Sandor.
Aha ! I am waiting for the next one.
Character Development of protagonist , Asherah
Other characters like Sandor, Hanish, El.
Sense of suspense and great climax
The Cover Design (Top Notch)
The period drama atmosphere
No grammatical mistakes ( check out Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Forest of Enchantments, spot the mistakes) and great editing.
Writing style in few places could have been a bit different.
Verdict : – 4.5/5
Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
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