Scion of Ikshvaku is the first book of the Ram Chandra series by author Amish. If you have read the Shiva trilogy then you are aware of the way Amish can make anything interesting. He made me fall in love with Shiva and now I am in for another adventure with this series. The way the author manages to bring out the human aspects of the ‘Gods’ is truly amazing. The book portrays all its characters as humans, full of flaws and desires, not something that we think of when we hear the name Ram, Laksham, Sita, and Ravanna.
The story is set in the Sapt Sindhu, the land of seven rivers, where the clan of Ikshvaku settled and ruled. Ram being the first-born son of raja Dashrath is the heir to the throne. But, he grows up with a father who thinks that he is unlucky for his kingdom. Whereas on the other hand, Sita is the Prime Minister of her country. The book traces the story from the birth of Ram to the abduction of Sita by Ravanna in the forest. It is full of twists and turns, ones that you probably never would have imagined. You will have a fresh perspective on an age-old story once you pick up this book.
The book is fast-paced and engaging till the very end. A thing that I really liked about this book is that all the women characters in the book, be it the queens, Sita or Manthara, are never depicted to be weak. They are women of immense physical and mental powers. The vivid descriptions of the cities and palaces are sure to fire up the imagination of the readers. Even the portrayal of Ravanna is commendable. He is not depicted as the villain we all believe him to be, but a character with depth and emotions. Even a person with zero knowledge about the Ramayana is bound to enjoy this work. The Scion of Ikshvaku is a must-read for all the Amish fans out there.