The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton.
What made the experience of listening to River of Smoke the most enjoyable?
The story is thoroughly engaging, the reader is excellent, and the tale imparts a segment of history many of us in the the Western World know little about.
What other book might you compare River of Smoke to and why?
Before reading River of Smoke, one would do well to read the first of the Ibis Trilogy, Sea Of Poppies.
Which character – as performed by Sanjiv Jhaveri – was your favorite?
The cast of characters is broad and sympathetic, even with their flaws. Throughout the narrative I was concerned and anxious about the fate of each, and I can hardly wait for the the conclusion in the third volume, not yet published.