Book: Scion Of Ikshvaku
Author: Amish Tripathi
might contain some spoilers...
If you've been born and brought up in India, there's not much I can spoil with my Scion of Ikshvaku review. We all have heard or read or seen some variation of Ramayana, the story Maryada purushottam Ram, the epitome of perfection, and his struggle to revive Ayodhya its past glory.
This sort of book (a re-telling of a previous classic) is easier to write, I believe, as you already have a well-established plot to base your story on. You have all the situations handed over to you, the struggles of the family, the dual-lives of an emperor, the throne succession, the politics of it and everything else. Amish didn't have to sit and ponder over any character arc, he knew how Ram was going to be, how Dasrath was going to be and so on. What I give Amish credit for is, he stayed entirely true to his idea of the world that Ram and Ravana lived in. There were no shortcuts (read: magic), like a person couldn't just disappear to save his live with some old mantra. And hence, I am going to judge it purely on the basis of how Amish handled this subject, his own interpretation of the work and not Ram's story itself.