Young prince Ashoka accidentally overhears two men in a city tavern - A band of assassins have infiltrated Pataliputra, capital of the great Mauryavansh empire. Their target-the entire imperial family. The prince makes it his mission to root out the assassins with the help of the Chandikas - the female military order instituted by Samrat Chandragupta Maurya. But when his own lover, a Chandika, confesses a terrible secret, he realizes that the threat lies within his own family! Meanwhile, the palace is not without its own intrigues. Queen Khorasan and her mother are playing their own game of thrones. Dowager Queen Apama is secretly working for her father, Seleucus Nicator, who still has ambitions of invading the sub-continent. King Bindusara's harsh methods are turning the marbled floors of the imperial palace awash with blood. will Prince Ashoka be able to save his family and Mauryavansh - before it's too late? India's epic storyteller turns his masterful hand to the life of ancient India's greatest ruler, Ashoka in a thrilling trilogy packed with non-stop action, adventure, battles and lusty no-holds-barred storytelling.,
About the Author
: Ashok Banker is the internationally acclaimed author of over 50 published books ranging from non-fiction, mythological re-telling, historical and literary fiction to crime, mystery, thrillers, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror. His hugely successful Ramayana Series is credited with having launched the genre of English - language mythological retellings and influenced an entire generation of authors. Over 3 million copies of his books have been sold in 18 languages, 58 countries and in e-book editions. As a journalist, he broke front-page news stories for Times of India and Outlook. As a screenwriter, he created and wrote India's first TV series in English and co-created and co-wrote Malaysia's first TV series in English, as well as several other hit shows. Born in Mumbai, Ashok is of Irish - Portuguese - Sri Lankan - Indian parentage and lived in India for over 51 years. He now resides in Los Angeles.