Drona’s Death by Max Gladstone

Published: 2013 in xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheiner, reprinted at Tor.com

Genre: mythology

Length: 15 pages

Setting: probably somewhere in India, in the mythical past

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: There is a war going on. Drona and his son, Ashwatthama, fight on the side of the King, while Drona’s old students, the Pandava brothers, and Krishna fight on the other side. Drona is doing massive damage with a magical bow and arrow and the Pandava brothers need to come up with a plan to stop him. They can’t destroy the weapon or kill Drona, so they devise a plan to trick him into giving up the weapon.

Final thoughts: I found the setting and the use of Hindu mythology to be very interesting. At the same time, it made it difficult to get immersed in the story because I didn’t have the background knowledge to sink right into the setting. There was lots of destruction, but very little gore and no rationale for the fighting, which I would have liked at least a bit of.

Title comes from: The plot of the story

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