For lovers of historical fiction, nothing is better than a book that has you immersed in the storyline and engages all of your five senses, so that when you look up from reading it takes you a couple of seconds to re orient to your current surroundings Shadow Princess by Indu Sundaresan was just that book for me When Shadow Princess opens we are transported to 17th century India as the Mumtaz Muhal, the much beloved wife of the Emperor, is about to give birth to her 14th child Also, in the room with her are her two teen aged daughters, Jahangir 17 and Roshanara 14 As the birth process continues, it appears Mumtaz Muhal may not survive, and she reaches out for Jahangir, neglecting Roshanara, who also rushes to her mother s side But, despite the best of care available, Mumtaz Muhal dies, leaving behind four sons, two older daughters, a ne Shadow Princess Taj Mahal Trilogy, 3 ,Indu Sundaresan Daughters Of Emperor Jahangir, Jahanara And Roshanara, Plot 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 The Next Heir To The Throne These Royal Sisters Are In Competition For Everything Power Over The Harem, Their Father S Affection Still Focused On His Dead Wife , À Shadow Princess (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #3) Ã Download by ☆ Indu Sundaresan 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 MahalWith 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 Consequence I just finished reading Shadow Princess, the third book in Sundaresan s series about the women of Mughal India Unlike the Feast of Roses which should be preceded in reading by the Twentieth Wife , this one stands on its own.
It begins with the death of Mumtaz Mahal, the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built, and ends with her husband s death In between, the life of their eldest daughter, Jahanara, is told with love and historical accuracy Part history, part travelogue, and part fiction, Sundaresan weaves the smells, sights, and sounds of India into the human stories of larger than life historical characters.
When I read Sundaresan s novels, I feel the heat on my skin, the cool breeze wafting through marble halls, and smell the cool smell of apples or the warm scent of naan She writes a fairytale world of jewels and elephants, wars and stone monuments but it s not a fairytale å Shadow Princess (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #3) å I finished reading Shadow Princess today, which also marks the completion of Taj Mahal Trilogy.
When I started reading the first book, The Twentieth Wife I instantly fell in love with Indu Surdaresan s art of story telling, that how beautifully she has presented the complicated and what some people may think as boring historical saga in such intriguing words Every page engrossed me, every word fascinated me but as soon as I picked the second book, The Feast of Roses , I felt that charm was somewhere lost in realm of too much detailing, too much in depth description of certain things and people However when I picked the final book of trilogy, Shadow Princess , I felt it s a lost cause and confused book Author wanted to tell too much, too early and in too haste Some of the chapters were dedicated for describing the great Ta The Moghul emperors are still bloodthirsty and entirely ruthless they control a quarter of the world s population and have wealth beyond imagining But this is the final flowering of a doomed empire and, while Shah Jahan mourns his dead wife and obsesses over the Taj Mahal, her monument, his son Aurangzeb is planning to take his father s throne, by any means necessary.
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 dau Though history is not my favorite ones but this trilogy managed to make me hooked up to finish the book,for the past few days I m suffering from readers block issue and it s pathetic,the first two part of this books was just mind blowing I loved how nurjahan rose to fame from a very ordinary women and the ruled the mughal harem despite all the difficulties and conspiracy she faced be it from jahangir first wife or from Queen rukaiya.
and then the love saga of Shahjahan and mumtaj come forth.
previously I read Shree parabat books regarding Shahjahan daughter jahanara,.
I found some of similarities between both books,and surprisingly so many dissimilarity which made me confused while reading this ones.
however it was nice but not the best one like the previous two part.
Reading Indu Sundaresan books have always been a delight for me And after finishing the final book in Taj Mahal series, Shadow Princess, I realized that history has been taught to us in a very different way during school And I wish Indu Sundaresan would have been my history teacher, I would have paid attention and scored better marks But jokes apart, Shadow Princess has been a perfect end to a beautiful trilogy, which I started reading two years back.
In Shadow Princess, Indu Sundaresan picks up where she left off in The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses In the seventeenth century, after Mumtaz Mahal s death during labor, we see two royal princesses struggle for power and position in the Mughal empire The daughters of Emperor Jahangir, Ja



, Shahed Zaman I LOVED The Twentieth Wife, and I thought The Feast of Roses was good, but Shadow Princess was just slow It skips a generation and picks up when Empress Mumtaz Mahal dies in childbirth, her husband, Emperor Shah Jahan, decides to build the Taj Mahal for her, and their eldest daughter, Jahanara becomes Shah Jahan s trusted confidant, essentially filling her mother s role And then not a whole lot happens There s not really much discussion of the building of the Taj Mahal, there s a little bit of sibling squabbling, there are a few love affairs, but mostly, this book is about what the rich are eating or wearing, or how they travel throughout the empire, and, actually that s about it.
Until chapter 25, when the war of succession begins While I was reading this book, a lot of questions came to mind For instance, how does the

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