Love Reading Historical or Thriller or Fantasy Genres? Well, try this then…

Ashok and the Nine Unknown by Anshul Dupare

Ashok and the Nine Unknown
Anshul Dupare

I am a huge history buff, regardless of it been a fiction or non-fiction. And because I love history, I make sure to read one book of this genre every month. So I recently had the pleasure of reading ‘Ashok and the Nine Unknown’ by Anshul Dupare, and as you must have guessed, I was thrilled by this reading.

What really made me pick this book up was the reason for it being so fascinating. The aura of mystery it had, compelled me to read this book sooner than later.

Book Blurb

Ashok and the Nine Unknown by Anshul DupareYou know what, the best revenge will be watching you failing to achieve your dreams… Do what you can, Ashok. The game has just begun!

Ashok wandered amidst the corpses, helplessly, looking like a dead man walking among the dead. The wailing of people who had lost their loved ones on the battlefield cut into his soul, and it was then that he heard a cry for help…

As the realization of the devastation of war seeped in, Ashok decided to dedicate his life to the betterment of society and try his best to prevent any destruction of life. Realizing he could not do so single-handedly, Ashok created a secret society comprising nine chosen members, who were known as the ‘Nine Unknown’, to help preserve the knowledge that, in the wrong hands could be used to destroy humanity.

Little did Ashok know that the safekeeping of such knowledge had a high price to it; that shadows walk amidst us; and that sometimes our actions unspool unimaginable consequences…

The first of two volumes, this book has the power to transform your idea of reality!


Ashok and the Nine Unknown is a retelling of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka and the secret society of Nine he found around 270 BC by Anshul Dupare. This book is power-packed with high-octane drama, love, Thriller, and magic, all interwoven intricately with each other.

Anshul’s Ashok and the Nine Unknown takes you on a roller-coaster ride with this engrossing story, grounded with historical facts. The story-building and the narrative of the author were so powerful that I was in the thrall of the author’s penmanship. The vividness of the emotions, it’s very essence, was so palpable throughout the book that I was compelled to delve further into the story and be part of it.


I loved, how the author has carved each character, with their distinct personality. And how these characters helped shape up the story and move in the right direction.

Overall, Ashok and the Nine Unknown was an admirable read that I was delightfully lost in it completely. What’s more, it finished at such a high, encouraging note that I am now excited to read more books in the series.

Do I recommend it?

I will definitely recommend this book to the fans of the historical/thriller/fantasy fiction genre.

For me, it’s a 5 out of 5 stars read and you can grab your copy of it on Amazon or Flipkart.

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