by Krishna Udayasankar
Early thirteenth century CE. The Srivijaya Empire, considered to be one of the world's greatest maritime forces, has been abruptly left powerless in a swift political exchange.
With nothing but a meaningless crown, a once-lauded navy and the will to keep alive the name of Srivijaya against the endless onslaughts of old en- emies and ambitious neighbours, Emperor Prabhu Dharmasena and his kin leave behind their island realm to traverse the seas, desperate and homeless.
Among those who sail with him is the Emperor's youngest son, Nila Utama, for whom loyalty and honour have ceased to have meaning since he saw his father forsake their beloved land. Now, all that is left to do is survive . . .
. . . or so Nila thinks, till a voyage across turbulent seas brings him to a fish- ing village, where the headstrong prince, so far insistent on keeping to the shadows, is forced to step up to his responsibility, face his old demons and discover what it truly means to be a king.
Based on the founding legend of the island of Singapore, also known as Singapura or the Lion City, 3 is an engrossing tale – told in an exquisitely rich voice – of love, self-realization and adventure on the high seas.
About the Writer
Krishna Udayasankar is a graduate of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, and holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore, where she presently works as a lecturer.
Krishna’s bestselling debut series of mytho-historical novels, The Aryavarta Chronicles (Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra) (Hachette India, 2012, 2013, 2014) have received critical acclaim, selling at least 50,000 copies in India. She is also the author of Objects of Affection, a full-length collection of poetry (Math Paper Press, 2013), an editor of Body Boundaries: The Etiquette Anthology of Women’s Writing (The Literary Centre, 2013), and the co-author of two well-adopted textbooks: International Business: An Asian Perspective (McGraw Hill, 2012, 2015) and Global Business Today (McGrawHill, 2014).
She lives in Singapore with her family, which includes three bookish canine-children, Boozo, Zana and Maya, who are sometimes to be found at her laptop, trying in vain to make her writing better.
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm