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)
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I listened to this book because I'm studying the time-period and historical fiction is always useful to understand the context. Unfortunately, the characters never seemed real. Their actions are inexplicable. This is a good subject and some day a good book can be written about it.
Beautiful sequel to The Twentieth Wife gives us a closer look into the life of Noor Jahan and mid 17th century Mogul rule
The story is written and narrated beautifully, Sneha is an excellent narrator she brings book to life
I loved this book. The story took me to a time of rich beauty and captivating history. The narration facilitates the historical escape. Highly recommend
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!
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