Dhantasura: War of Justice Against the Gods

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Dhantasura: War of justice against the Gods

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Indian mythology is rich enough to seed a million stories and your imagination is the only limitation. This mythology genre gave birth to many impeccable writers like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, and many more.

Exploration of the land of gods, their fatal flaws, their duties and mistakes and to peer into the world of wars and conflicts with stories like from grandmother. It picks each Indian’s interest whether you are a believer or not.

A few days back, a book caught my attention as I was scurrying through the internet for a new exciting read in the genre. Jayanth Dev, a digital marketer who shores Bangalore and his book Dhantasura claimed my attention to read it. So here is a detailed review of what thoughts ran over my mind while reading this book.

What happens when the one supposed to protect dharma, destroys it? who punishes the gods when they commit mistakes? Free from their Karmic actions, Gods exploited the Dharma for their benefit and faced the consequences for one such action. Hailing from the families of Asura, Dhanta hence named Dhantasura is the grandson of Mahisasura.

The book opens with a war between Mahisasura and Lord Indra. As the battle proceeds Lord Indra defeats Mahisasura with violating the Kshatriya dharma. As the story progresses Shiva tries to undo his wrath of beheading his son.

He commands Nandi, to bring the head of an animal that sleeps facing in the north. Nandi and his accompanies. Nandi intrudes into the lives of Dhantasura and beheads his twin elder brother Hantasura for violation of Jivaah Dharma. Enraged by the actions their Gajasura faces Shiva and Shiva’s Rudra avatar rips off his skin while he was alive. Drowning in pain and anger Dhantasura pledges to punish the one responsible for his family’s death: the one and only Shiva.

 The fast-paced first book of the trilogy has a great pace of driving the story indulging both the mythology from India and Indonesia. Whether as an Asura in the lands of India or as a savior in the lands of Indonesia known as Lembuswana. The blending and balancing of mythology from both countries fascinated me. As for the first book of the trilogy, the character arcs are well-balanced.

Although Jayanth’s words kept me captivated towards the end, I was slightly disappointed by the ending. Indeed it is a cliff-hanger but it wasn’t up to my expectations as a reader. I expected a jaw-clenching climax with an adrenaline rush. Again as a reader, I felt the one who received a boon from Lord Brahma and has the mind of Brahma himself and the knowledge of all Upanishads, doesn’t know about Varna. I found it a bit odd. Overall it’s a great read, I finished it with one read.

Let me know, what you think of this fast-paced Dhantasura: War for justice in the comment section.


A voracious reader and anime nerd, always geeking about enormous metaphors hidden in Books and Anime. I am also trying to write my first book as well as enjoying sharing experience with an audience.

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