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A Fascinating Start to What Looks Like to Be an Intriguing Fantasy Series | ARC Review: Upon a Burning Throne (Burnt Empire Saga #1) by Ashok K. Banker

From international sensation Ashok K. Banker, pioneer of the fantasy genre in India, comes the first book in a ground-breaking, epic fantasy series inspired by the ancient Indian classic, The Mahabharata

In a world where demigods and demons walk among mortals, the Emperor of the vast Burnt Empire has died, leaving a turbulent realm without an emperor. Two young princes, Adri and Shvate, are in line to rule, but birthright does not guarantee inheritance: For any successor must sit upon the legendary Burning Throne and pass The Test of Fire. Imbued with dark sorceries, the throne is a crucible—one that incinerates the unworthy.

Adri and Shvate pass The Test and are declared heirs to the empire… but there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives: a girl from an outlying kingdom. When this girl, whose father is the powerful demonlord Jarsun, is denied her claim by the interim leaders, Jarsun declares war, vowing to tear the Burnt Empire apart—leaving the young princes Adri and Shvate to rule a shattered realm embroiled in rebellion and chaos….

Welcome to the Burnt Empire Saga

Upon A Burning Throne is the start to what looks to be a fantastic and intriguing fantasy and is only compounded by the fact that it is not only simply and quite well written; it is also engrossing and has an enchanting world any reader would love to dive into.

Upon a Burning Throne follows the Krushan family – the family has ruled over the Burnt Empire for centuries. They are now heralding a new era into the empire with the upcoming birth of the two heirs,  The Dowager Empresses.

The heirs, like their ancestors before have to undergo a trial by fire and magic; to determine the legitimacy of their claim to the throne.

This time, however, The Burnt Empire and their rulers are in for a shock – not only have the heirs born with what are considered to be disabilities; there is also another claim to the throne; by the child of a dangerous member of the royal family, exiled years before.

This is the first book and thus, would be considered an introduction to this whole new world created by the author – so expect to be besieged by a whole lot of information dump – which may feel like a boring task, the author though has made sure to keep the brevity levels to quite the minimum.

The characters are very well thought out and seem more realistic – it’s easy to connect with their thought processes; their anxiety and their hopes – which seems cruel at the end, because THAT cliff-hanger nearly destroyed me. I need the next book STAT!

If you adore fantasy, and are looking for something a bit different, in terms of the setting and narration; then give Upon A Burning Throne a try, there is a high probability that you will come away as a fan.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .25


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