Friday, 31 October 2014

Gods, Kings & Slaves: The Siege of Madurai

Presenting Gods, Kings & Slaves: The Siege of Madurai by R. Venketesh.

Here is the summary of the book:

War is coming... An ancient kingdom will meet a devastating new enemy.

Peninsular India, fourteenth century. The Pandyan empire is at its peak, its enemies subdued and its people at peace. Having left behind his step-brother Sundar in the race to the throne, Crown Prince Veera Pandyan is set to rule from Madurai, reputed to be the richest city in the subcontinent. But invisible fractures within the kingdom threaten to destroy it, and a new enemy approaches, swifter than anyone can imagine.

In Delhi, Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s trusted general, the eunuch Malik Kafur, has trained his eyes on the distant south, fabled for its riches. A slave captured by the Khiljis, Kafur is renowned for his ambition and cunning. None, not even the mighty Mongols, have defeated him – no empire can withstand the trail of destruction he leaves in his wake. And all he wants is to see Madurai on its knees, its wealth pillaged, its temples destroyed.

As an ancient city combusts in flames of treachery, bloodlust and revenge, brother will battle brother, ambition will triumph over love, slaves will rise to rule, cities will be razed to dust, and the victor will be immortalized in history...

The majority of the Indian literature is basically filled with contemporary romance and historical fiction, with some fantasy thrown in. Historical Fiction is a personal favorite, this I approached Gods, Kings & Slave with exuberance. Rightly so, this is a book based on Southern Indian History. I know only the bare minimum details about Southern History and that too only the outlines.

With eager anticipations, I began reading. Based on the time of the Pandayan Empire, the author tells his story oscillating between the perspectives of Crown Prince Veera Pandayan of Madurai and Malik Kafur, Allaudin Khilji's trusted General who had his eyes on Madurai for quite some time. R. Venketesh had woven a strong plot, filled with deception, romance and power plays. Treachery and ambitious endeavors abound Gods, Kings..... caters to everyone's needs.

The only reason I gave it a 3 star would be because while the author did a great job plotting out all of the points in the story, highlighting every aspect. I lost interest in it after the third part began.It just didn't hold my interest anymore. Didn't resound with me. Maybe i'll pick it up again sometime later and see how it feels then.

"An intricate plot of South Indian History"

Genre :      Historical Fiction, Indian History

PublisherHachette India

Release Date: October, 2013

My CopyHachette India

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon 


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