He can battle any enemy except his own family
Ashoka has been despatched to accompany his brother Sushim to Taxila. But when he sees the brutality and disrespect to Mauryavansh by the Pashtun rebels, he cannot stay silent. His sword is as quick as his temper, and the result is swift and bloody justice. Taxila is saved but the Emperor is furious.
Emperor Bindusara, egged on by his favourite queen, Noor Khorasan, becomes convinced that Ashoka's show of initiative is an act of treason. Even the wise words of nonagenarian Kautilya, emerging from retirement, fall on deaf ears. Queen Khorasan's well-mounted plot to control the empire sweeps up everyone who opposes her. Suddenly, Ashoka is forced to choose between his mother's life and his own. What will the young prince do?
India's epic storyteller brings alive the battles, brutality, lust and politics of ancient India in vivid detail with thrilling action, and no-holds-barred storytelling. Relive the extraordinary life story of India's greatest emperor as a young man in Ashoka: Satrap of Taxila.
Ashok K. Banker is the internationally acclaimed author of over sixty published books which have sold over 3 million copies in eighteen languages and in fifty-eight countries. He has been credited as the pioneer of Indian crime fiction in English, the creator of Indian science fiction, fantasy, and horror in English, with the first Indian ebook, and many other firsts. His hugely successful Ramayana Series is credited with having launched the genre of mythological retellings in English, now India's biggest selling publishing category, which influenced an entire generation of authors. As a journalist, he broke front-page news stories for Times of India, Outlook and The Week. As a screenwriter, he created and wrote India's First TV Series in English, co-created and co-wrote Malaysia's First TV Series in English, as well as several other hit shows and documentary films. Born in Mumbai, Ashok is of Irish-Portuguese-Sri Lankan-Indian parentage, and lived in India for over 51 years before migrating permanently to the United States. Ashok's forthcoming works include the Young Adult fantasy RISE TRILOGY (Penguin Random House USA, 2018) and The Burning Throne epic fantasy series (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018).