Shadow Princess

Shadow Princess

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In Shadow Princess, Indu Sundaresan picks up where she left off inThe Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses, returning to seventeenth-century India a few years after Mehrunnisa's death, as two royal princesses struggle for power.The daughters of the emperor, Jahangir and Roshanara, conspire and scheme against one another in an attempt to gain power over their father's harem. As royal princesses, they are confined in the imperial harem and not allowed to marry. However, this does not stop them from having illicit affairs or plotting who will be the next heir to the throne.These royal sisters are in competition for everything: control over the harem, their father's affection, and the future of their country. Unfortunately, only one of them can succeed. And despite their best efforts to affect the future, their schemes are eclipsed, both during their lives and in posterity, as they live in the shadow of the greatest monument in Indian history, the Taj Mahal. With a flair and enthusiasm for history and culture, Sundaresan creates a story full of rich details that brings the reader deep into the world of the lives of Indian women and their struggles for power and the profound history of the Taj Mahal, one of the most celebrated works of architecture in the world.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781416548799
Branch Call Number: SUNDA
Characteristics: xii, 333 p. : ill., map, geneal. table ; 24 cm.


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Jun 26, 2015

Love all her books - look forward to more by this author. They are so detailed, but interesting.

Aug 08, 2012

I really enjoyed this book and found myself thinking about the characters, wanting to get back to it. I stayed up late on several weeknights even. I didn't know anything about the Mughal history and found it fascinating to learn about the Muslim and ancient Indian cultures.

Apr 11, 2011

Shadow Princess and Feast of Roses are both terrific in terms of long-ago India

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