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Prince Of Ayodhya: Book One of the Ramayana Paperback – 20 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (20 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841491861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491868
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 3.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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A thundering good story. Here are all the heroes and gods, demons and sorcerers you can possibly want. Banker does a wonderful job of bringing this great classic to modern readers (Dave Duncan)

Banker creates a marvelous landscape of princes, demons, mages, and lovers. I love good fantasy, and this one-of-a-kind epic charmed and delighted me (Kate Elliott, author of THE GATHERING STORM)

A cracking good yarn ... bask in the warm waters of one of the sources of world mythology, made more accessible to the modern, Western reader by Banker's excellent narrative interpretation (THE ALIEN ONLINE)

Refreshing in both style as well as source material... If the rest of the trilogy is as impressive as this first book, the fantasy community should be well pelased" ENIGMA ('Its demonic intrusions are extravagantly and grippingly horrific, while its despictions of the sybaritic and civilised routines of court life are wholly appealing. the book offers a most pleasurable entry into one of the world's great classics')

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Full of action, intrigue and magic, THE PRINCE OF AYODHYA is a page turning adventure based on one of the world's oldest epics.

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An Epic Rendering
Reviewed by Mrinal Bose

Yet another version of Ramayana, the great Indian epic, is well underway. The epic is now 3000 years old and has inspired different versions at different times in its long life. In Ashok K. Banker's rendering, the novelty is that the ancient tale gets a modernized version by someone who has passionately studied, researched and lived with the material for the past 20 years.
Banker's Prince Of Ayodhya is just the length of as it should be -- not abridged as some have been. Neatly divided into seven volumes, each comprising more than 500 pages, the epic is being published serially in UK, USA, Germany and many Commonwealth countries as well as in several languages.
What is it that has attracted publishers around the world? For one thing, the epic has a simple, long and intriguing storyline, which still resonates. It is permeated with fantasy material that is appealing and irresistible in its own way. It is perhaps this fantasy quotient which publishers readily reckon to be a perfect fit for the mass market. Then, of course, perhaps it's more simple than any of that: a great story is a great story in any language, at any time.
Prince of Ayodhya , the first volume in Ashok K. Banker's Ramayana -based series, opens with Rama, the prince, awakening after a bad dream on a moonlit night in his bedroom chamber. In just a few deft strokes, the author gives us a vivid idea of the prince -- his looks, education and attitude -- the state of Ayodhya, the soft-flowing Sarayu river, the peaceful ambiance in and around the state, and the unseen dangers looming over the country and its people.
With the atmosphere and tone perfectly set, the reader is led straight into the great tale.
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By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2003
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For many years, indians have seen so many vital concepts and stories of their mythology provide inspiration for so many hollywood movies and foreign books, especially in the science fiction and fantasy genre. Now, finally an Indian writer got the courage to tell the original tale of Hindu mythology as it should be told! Kudos to Bombay writer Ashok K. Banker for his magnificent retelling of Ramayan, the oldest Sanskrit poem.
This is one of the world's greatest epics, and Banker narrates it in a style that's fresh and exciting, bringing the whole era and civilization to life. Everyone has heard of the Aryans, but how many books have you read that actually shows what Aryan life was like? Banker turns the most popular Indian epic into the stuff of exciting epic fantasy. Some other reviewers have compared Prince of Ayodhya to Lord of The Rings. Well, all I can say is, LoTR is a great epic, but friends, this story was old long before LoTR was even a twinkle in Tolkein's eye!!!
The pace is furious, the detail is just right, the action and magic is superbly handled. This is a thrilling action-packed ride of a novel, and your only regret on putting it down is that the story ha sjust begun. Good news is that Banker has already finisehd the next two books and Orbit is publishing them barely six months apart or so. Also rumoured is that there will be seven books in the series in all, not an endless agony of waiting like with Robert Jordan...
I love George R. R. martin, Robin Hobb, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan (yes, even with the waiting!) and a whole lot of other fantasy writers, but it's sooo great to have an Indian writer go back thousands of years and retell the fantasy epic that started the whole genre off!
Hare Rama!
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Ashok K Banker - Indian fantasy at it's best! 30/10/2003
At last there is a fantasy author of Asian origin that is being published in the U.K. by Orbit.
The author is writing his version of one of India's most famous religious scriptures - The Ramayana. Fortunately this three thousand year old story has been split into seven books to make it digestable, and so far the first two, Prince Of Ayodhya, and Siege of Mithila are on par with the best fantasy epics of our generation.
I encourage all fans of science fiction and fantasy, ancient Indian history and the origins of Hinduism to read the author's version which has been adapted for our times but still incorporates the tradition and mysticism of ancient India.
Personally I look forward to part three, Demon Lord Of Chitrakut more than the new Robert Jordan, George R Martin, David Gemmell or Guy Gavriel Kay offerings.(Something I never expected to admit!)
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In June 2004, after my entrance exams in Chennai, I set off to the huge Landmarks bookstore in Spencers plaza, and guess what??? I found out a novel called Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K. Banker in the fantasy section.The cover was really cool, and so I opened it and began to scan the pages, to check it out. Man, I must say I was hooked!!! I loved it from the first chapter. The author has a really vivid imagination. He has written it out in contemporary english, which makes it kinda unique and even more interesting..
What I love about the book is the way the characters have been described- each character has been fleshed out beautifully. Banker has obviously given a lot of thought into all the major characters, and has introduced several new ones too, thereby making the story even better. Each person is complex and multifaceted, unlike the staid characters of the Ramayana tv series.
Mr Banker has done the emotional aspects really well- the relationships between Dasaratha and his three wives, and especially the conflict between Kausalya and Kaikeyi; and the relationships between the four princes, especially Rama and Lakshmana, have been portrayed very well.
And the fight scenes are incredible. The battle between Rama and Lakshmana, powered by the shakti of brahman, against the hybrids of Tataka will remain etched in my mind for a long long time. The way he has written it out is so good that I felt that I was there too!! And the best thing is that Ravana features from the first book itself. The character of Ravana has been created brilliantly.
I must say this is one of the best books I've ever read... On a scale of 10, Prince of Ayodhya deserves 9!!!!
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