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Book review: Conquest of The East by R. Durgadoss

Title- The Conquest of the East
Author- R. Durgadoss
Publisher- Rupa Publications India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 256
Genre- Historical fiction
Publication date- 20 Nov 2018
My ratings- 4/5

Book blurb:
The numerous attempts made by the Cholas to capture the prestigious royal crown, the mythical aaram (necklace) and the precious garland of pearls from the Pandyas have failed. Emperor Raja Raja Chola’s grandfather even defeated the Pandyas, but their king managed to escape with the royal jewels and kept these in safe custody with a Lankan king.
Years later, even after Raja Raja Chola’s victory against the Lankan king, the jewels eluded the Cholas as the Lankan king too fled with the jewels. Emperor Rajendra Chola takes it upon himself to finish his dynasty’s incomplete agenda. The jewel trail extends well beyond the shores of Bharat, right up to the kingdom of Srivijaya (modern-day Indonesia). Rajendra Chola’s naval commander Surya emerges as the greatest support to his king. Will Surya be able to restore the Chola pride?
Even with his unbreakable spirit, courage and special powers, Surya must be careful as the enemies may have lost wars but they are hitting back through proxy wars launched by hired mercenaries. He must use every trick in the book to unmask the enemy and save the Chola kingdom from plunging into a civil war.
The Conquest of the East: Royal Crown Returns is an action-packed page-turner that is a befitting sequel to the bestselling book The Indus Challenge.

My review :

“Conquest of the East” is a book about a boy named Surya who was born in jail. Her mother was unmarried and denied to accept him as her son. The jailer of the ry same jail took the child and later Surya was looked after by the jailer’s brother. He was brought up with immense love and care.
Surya wasn’t just an ordinary child. From the time of his birth, he holds extraordinary power. His life took a new turn after he helped the Crown Prince on an important mission and was sent to the Chola Royal Army School where he received teachings that emphasised his talents.

Characterisation and naration– The character of Surya has been gracefully depicted. Surya’s wisdom, immense power and his contributions towards Chola dynasty have been described abruptly. Addition of maps gave good insights into the story. The narration is simple with fair details. Also, the language and some dialogues were way beyond casual. It indeed miffed me and so can do the same to the other readers.

The book lacked details at some points and made it quite confusing to grasp. I was a bit tedious while reading a few chapters.
Since the book is historical fiction it could’ve been more descriptive at certain points.

Though there were few reasons mentioned above that bothered me while reading but overall I really enjoyed the book. It somewhat kept me engaged until the end.

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