Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta is the third book in the Ramchandra series by Amish. Like the previous two books who followed the life of Ram and Sita respectively, this book takes us on a journey to discover Raavan’s life. This book takes us back to the time when Raavan was born. While reading the book you will come across his childhood, the birth of Khumbhakaran, and his journey of becoming King. We see how Raavan, his mother, and his infant brother were forced to leave his father’s Ashram. How they seek work to sustain themselves and finally how he becomes the king of Lanka.
The book reveals to us the various shades of Raavana. Ones that we have never seen before. While reading the book you will understand him and see that he is so much more than a villain. While reading, you will admire him, respect him, pity him, and detest him. One thing that I really liked about the book is the portrayal of Kumbhakarna, he is the most devoted brother there is. He is caring and selfless when it comes to his brother. His devotion to Raavan really deserves all the praise. The book has action, drama, and suspense. Amish has filled the book with details but never lets it become boring. Like the other two books, this one too ends with the kidnapping of Sita. The writing style is simple and the book is fast-paced. You will not find a dull moment in the book.
I waited quite a while to get my hands on this book and even more time to write this review. If you are an Amish fan and have read the other two books then you should definitely read this one. The book will help you connect to the series. But, if you have not read the first two books then read them first otherwise the series will be spoiled for you. The book is not as great as I expected but, maybe that is just me. Now all that is left to do is wait for the fourth book in the series to come along.
Also check out my review of Sita: The Warrior of Mithila