The book has madhubani style illustrations which are extremely well done.
The book begins with the description of the snake sacrifice conducted by Janamejaya- the descendent of the Pandavas. The snake then tells the story of the Mahabharata and brings out the difference between Jaya & Vijaya and I quote
"Jaya means pure victory— one where there are no losers while Vijaya means victory where someone is defeated. A victory without losers is a victory over one's own self."
The story progresses in the format of a narration by the snake to Janamejaya and each chapter begins with a dialogue addressed to him that represents the essence of the chapter.
Each chapter carries footnotes about alternate and regional versions and interpretations of the episodes which makes it even more interesting.
Extremely lucid style of writing.
The book is a keeper. I find it to be one of the best and complete narrations of Mahabharat that I have read so far.
pic courtsey- http://devdutt.com/the-snake-sacrifice/