Shadow Princess: A Novel

Shadow Princess: A Novel

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by Indu Sundaresan
     
 

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Critically acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan picks up where she left off in The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses, returning to seventeenth-century India as two princesses struggle for supremacy of their father’s kingdom.

Trapped in the shadow of the magnificent tomb their grief-stricken father is building for his beloved deceased wife,…  See more details below

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Critically acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan picks up where she left off in The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses, returning to seventeenth-century India as two princesses struggle for supremacy of their father’s kingdom.

Trapped in the shadow of the magnificent tomb their grief-stricken father is building for his beloved deceased wife, the emperor’s daughters compete for everything: control over the imperial harem, their father’s affection, and the future of their country. They are forbidden to marry and instead choose to back different brothers in the fight for ultimate power over the throne. But only one of the sisters will succeed. With an enthusiasm for history and a flair for rich detail, Indu Sundaresan brings readers deep into the complicated lives of Indian women of the time period and highlights the profound history of one of the most celebrated works of architecture in the world, the Taj Mahal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439169148
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
247,255
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Indu Sundaresan was born in India and came to the US for graduate school at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, Splendor of Silence, In the Convent of Little Flowers, Shadow Princess, and The Mountain of Light.

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Shadow Princess 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
BookishBlonde More than 1 year ago
Though I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Sundaresan's previous three novels I have to admit Shadow Princess fell flat and disappointed me. I saw only flashes of the passion and brilliance I felt graced the pages of The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, and The Splendor of Silence. I found the rest dry and pedantic, the brief quotes from early historical texts at the beginning of each chapter neither tantalized nor illuminated, and I confess I ended up skimming the chapters detailing the minutiae of planning and building the Taj Mahal; which included such riveting details as why one material was chosen for railings but another for the lamps. I must also add that I found numerous incidences of sloppy editing: words out of sequence and sentences that no matter how much I squinted or re-interpreted simply didn't make any kind of sense. Due to my earlier experiences with this author's work I have high expectations when I pick up a novel with her name on it. Sadly, Shadow Princess did not live up to those expectations but I will still be looking for her next book and hoping this was just a fluke.
Justsooze More than 1 year ago
In "Shadow Princess" Indu Sundaresan does for 17th century Mughal India what Phillippa Gregory does for the court of Henry VIII. Ms. Sundaresan is an excellent storyteller. This fictionalization of the life of the Princess Jahanara, the eldest daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal to commemorate his great love, her mother Mumsat Mahal, is rich in the customs and intrigues of the Emperor's court. After his wife and Jahanara's mother's death in childbirth, Shah Jahan is incolsolable and loses interest in governing his empire; this sets the stage for behind the scene maneuvers as his three sons struggle to become his heir. Jahanara, whose future was full of promise while her mother was alive, is forced into the responsibility of caring for her father while trying to outmaneuver her sister Roshanara for control of their father's harem and which brother will assume the throne. Power struggles and pagentry, along with a fascinating glimpse into the building of the Taj Mahal, make this an engrossing read. I would definitely read the author's other books to learn more about this compelling time in India's history and it's royal family."
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Margaret42 More than 1 year ago
Rate it * 80% Write your review This is a beautifully crafted novel about the royal emperor Shah Jahan, his sons ad their inner struggles to succeed him on the throne, his two daughters and their fight for love and power within the harem and the emperor himself as he commissions the building of the Taj Mahal to commemorate his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. A fascinating journey into the 17th century India, the people, their culture and how one of India's greatest monuments came to be.