Book Review|Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen

Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen

"Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen" by Kavita Kane offers an intriguing perspective on Mahabharata's unsung hero, Karna, through his wife Urvi's eyes, despite some historical inconsistencies.


Author: Kavita Kane

Editor's Rating:

“Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen” by Kavita Kane presents the epic Mahabharata from an intriguing perspective, portraying the poignant tale of the unsung hero Karna, through the eyes of his wife, Urvi.


This novel stands out as it shifts focus from the main heroes of Mahabharata, exploring the life of Karna, a character often viewed as a tragic hero, and his relationship with Urvi, a bold and defiant woman who stands by her choices. Kane deftly captures Urvi’s strength of character as she chooses Karna over her childhood mate, Arjuna, and bears the societal repercussions of this defiance. She emerges as an important person in Karna’s life, supporting him amidst societal scorn and personal misfortunes. The story provides an in-depth analysis of Karna’s nature, his unwavering loyalty towards Duryodhana, and the mystery of his birth.

However, the story does not escape critical scrutiny. Some readers may point out historical inconsistencies, such as the significant age difference between Urvi and Karna. Certain sections of the book seems repetitive, with an excessive number of long speeches.

Despite these criticisms, “Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen” shines in its fresh take on the age-old epic, unraveling the layers of the overlooked characters, offering a thoughtful exploration of Karna’s character, and painting a vivid image of the societal norms of the era. The portrayal of Urvi’s steadfast loyalty to Karna and her daring defiance against societal norms make this a compelling read.

In conclusion, while the book may take liberties with historical accuracy for the sake of narrative flow, it provides an engrossing alternative perspective on the Mahabharata, especially shedding light on the characters who typically remain on the periphery of the grand narrative. Kavita Kane’s debut novel thus establishes her as a promising writer in the genre of mythological fiction.

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