Here is the summary of the book:
HONOUR. DESIRE. VENGEANCE.
Aryavarta – the ancient realm of the noble.
For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta Varuni and protectors of the Divine Order on earth, has dominated here. For just as long, the Angirasa family of Firewrights, weapon-makers to the kings and master inventors, has defied them. In the aftermath of the centuries-long conflict between the two orders, the once-united empire of Aryavarta lies splintered, a shadow of its former glorious self.
Now, the last Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is dead, killed by a violent hand, and the battle for supreme power in the empire is about to begin.
As mighty powers hurtle towards a bloody conflict, Govinda Shauri, cowherd-turned-prince and now Commander of the armies of Dwaraka, must use all his cunning to counter deception and treachery if he is to protect his people and those whom he loves.
But who holds the key to the fantastic and startling knowledge of the Firewrights, which in the wrong hands will bring doom upon the empire? And does Govinda have it in him to confront the dark secrets of his past and discover the true meaning of being Arya, of being noble?
Re-telling the great text of Mahabharata, in a new way, put in with some new twists & turns. Thus seems to be current trend among writers but while they all get published but somehow their stories son't seem to resound well with the readers. A lot of people have published their own re-telling of their saga but I have only read one other in that light, 'The Last War by Sandipan Deb'. A good attempt that one but Udayasankar's Govinda felt a lot more interesting and exciting.
There is so much in Mahabharata. So many stories intertwined in one. So many characters involved. So many instances. So much morals. The author in her own words tells a tale like no other. Set in the same era as the original. In layman's term you can call it a de-mystified Mahabharata.
She changes a lot of things but the essence remains the same. Govinda being the first book in the series and follows his involvement in the formation of the Aryavarta empire. Inclusive of the plot, the politics, the war, the strategies, the tragedies and the cunning, Krishna Udayasankar paints an epic start of the journey with her first book in the series.
"An epic re-telling and an epic start to a great trilogy"