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In her critically praised debut novel, The 20th Wife, Indu Sundaresan introduced the love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa. The story continues in this lush sequel, when Mehrunnisa comes into Jahangir's harem as his 20th and final wife. This time, Jahangir has married for love, and members of his court are worried that Mehrunnisa could exert control over their futures. Their concerns are well founded.

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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Jamal
  • ALLENTOWN, PA, United States
  • 03-06-13

Historical facts should not be mixed with fictions

Would you try another book from Indu Sundaresan and/or Sneha Mathan?

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. <br/><br/>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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