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Prince of Ayodhya (The Ramayana)
Series: The Ramayana
Volume: 1
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 0446530921
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Warner Books
Price: $24.95
Reader Rating: 9 out of 10
Votes: 10
Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok K. Banker

Description: The Ramayana, one of the most important literary works of all time, has long been a source of spiritual, cultural, and artistic inspiration, not only to the people of India but also to people all over the world. Now the critically acclaimed Indian writer Ashok K. Banker has brought the classic back to life with an epic fantasy retelling.
The fortress city of Ayodhya, with lofty watchtowers that pierce the clouds, is called Ayodhya the Unconquerable for good reason: No invader has ever entered the seven-walled capital. Ayodhya's king has reigned in peace for decades, but when a legendary seer-mage shows up at the city's gates, his message is ominous. The dark lord of the netherworld, a horrifying ten-headed demon named Ravana, is plotting to invade Prithvi, the middle world between Heaven and Hell, and wipe out humankind once and for all with his army of ghouls. According to the mage, the only hope for humankind is the king's oldest son, Prince Rama, who, at the age of 15, is barely a man. Obligated to offer the seer-mage anything he asks, the king reluctantly lets Rama, the heir to the throne of Ayodhya, go with the seer-mage to battle the demons in a dark forest that separates the two worlds. Along the way, the seer-mage teaches Rama invaluable spiritual and social lessons and even heightens his abilities with magic.

Prince of Ayodhya is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys good epic fantasy with classic themes like love, devotion, treachery, and spiritual fortitude.

Also in this series are Siege of Mithila, Demons of Chitracut, Armies of Hanuman, Bridge of Rama Return to the Ashok K. Banker page.

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