Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.
©2003 Indu Sundaresan; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Weaving another rich historical tapestry...Sundaresan colors the life of a fascinating woman whose female wiles inspired the Taj Mahal." (Booklist)
"The novel's scope and ambition are impressive, as are the numerous period details....Readers who enjoyed the first volume will find similar pleasures tracking the fate of one of history's most intriguing women." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sundaresan's love of storytelling is apparent in this well-researched historical romance. She makes sure that the reader stays enthralled from chapter to chapter and, with this sequel, will surely do the same in creating anticipation for her next book." (Library Journal)
Great book; even better than the first book in the series. The language and descriptions are so rich, I felt like I was right there seeing, smelling, tasting and experiencing everything. Great story, too (both books); one I did not previously know.
I absolutely would recommend this book and any books by this author and narrator! This was such an interesting and informative story! It gave me a glimpse into another culture and era that I had never thought of before. I enjoyed it so much I sought out other books by this author!
I rate it very high. A glimps into the world little known for 2 reasons - history of a far away land, and moreover a tale of a woman who lived hidden behind the walls, but still was a co-ruler of a vast empire. Great !
So many books to read...so little time. Why not listen to them instead?!
Roller coaster ride! Alluring! Romantic!
The independence was very inspiring.
The audio added to my imagination. Reading the book would have been interesting but listening to the audio being read with character, feeling and excitement.
This was an audiobook that I could not stop but had to since I have life.
I hated the ending to come and wished the characters could live on. This is a great squeal to the 20th Wife. I hope Indu Sundaresan will write another historical love story. This would be great if made into a movie. Love it!
Not if it is a fictionalized story based on facts because it creats confusion about what is true and what is not. I listened to this book with great interest and enjoyed it very much as I felt that I was learning a lot about the historical figures of India about whom I read in my high school. It is my fault because I did not realize until the end that it was a fiction.
It was a big let down. Every day after I came home driving from work, I would tell my wife and the kids about what I learned about Nur Jahan, Sha Jahan, Jahangir and so on. So, I am now embarassed to admit to them most of what I told them may not be true. It actually made me very upset.
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