Circa 403 C.E. In the thriving city of Nandivardhana, lives Shaunaka, a young man who yearns to go to Pataliputra to see the world and make his fortune. But he is forced to join his father’s jewellery making business and soon finds himself in the workshop — a job in which his heart clearly did not lie. Thankfully, along comes distraction in the form of two extravagant Weddings — royal nuptials at the palace and another wedding at the extravagant corner house in the Buddhist quarter of the city. This house, known for its opulence and sheer size, is owned by Vinayashura, an affluent trader fabled to have mysteriously deep connection to the royal family. Shaunaka is given the charge to work on the bride’s jewellery at the corner house, but instead of the mundane task at hand, a morbid sight awaits — The Trader’s wife’s bloodcurdling screams bring Shaunaka to Vinayashura’s bedroom where he is found murdered and lying in a pool of blood!
Sometimes when you see a book, you know you have to read this book. The same thing happened with me when I saw this book.
To begin with, I loved the cover, the concept and the colour combination is awesome.
The storyline is based in 403.CE, and is based on Shaunaka. The Sanskrit words and dictation makes it seems like we time-travel back to that time period. The concept is very unique and the story is fast paced. The continuous plots of twists and turns make this book a page turner. Ending was definitely unpredictable but I really loved the way this story turned out to be.
If you like reading ancient or mythological fictions, this book is definitely a must read.