- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (23 November 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143441199
- ISBN-13: 978-0143441199
- ASIN: 0143441191
- Package Dimensions: 20.2 x 13 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Prithviraj Chauhan: The Emperor of Hearts Paperback – 23 Nov 2017
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That was a great read. Pritviraj Chauhan have elements of romance, political intrigue, adventure & action all at once. After reading it Pritviraj is now one of my favorite historical figure. The book is very well researched. It's filled with rich informations about different royal families and the history of that whole era. The characters are well written and are very intriguing. Even though it's non-fiction for the most parts, it reads like an historical fiction. So it's easy to get into. Recommended to every fans of historical fiction and non-fiction. --BySangeeta Beheraon 3 December 2017
About the Author
Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and widely regarded as one of the finest writers in mythological fiction and fantasy. She followed up her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, with Kamadeva: The God of Desire, Shakti: The Divine Feminine and Yama's Lieutenant. Her articles, short stories and book reviews appear in various publications like The New Indian Express, The Hindu, and Femina.
An accomplished orator and storyteller, Chandramouli regularly conducts workshops on creative writing, mythology and empowerment in schools and colleges across the country. This happily married mother of two little girls, credits caffeine and cake for her writing prowess. Currently she is trying to raise awareness for writer's bum, which she insists is a very real thing.
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She has spoken about the intricacies of the relationships, politics as well as the training provided to the royal family as a subject matter expert.
Last page of the book is the bibliography.
Highly historical interwined with apt fictional dialogues. Amazing work. Loved her work.
Prithvi Raj Chauhan was the man with the values. He always saw the bigger picture. He rose above the internal conspiracies and worked upon achieving the bigger objectives. He sensed the threat on the whole nation and fought with all what he had.
On the other side, his love story is just amazing. The decisions he made and compromises he did in various situations made me fall in love with the character. The book is filled with conspiracies, love, hatred and the lust to become powerful.
The way Chandramouli has written this book is just excellent. Her descriptions of various situations are just amazing. Her imagination is of another level. Her love for history and mythology is imbibed in her writing. She is blessed with a power to tell a story in her own way that the reader travels in her world of imagination.
One little request I want to make to the Author that please add a little Description chart of the characters before the story begins so that things become easier for the readers to read the book in a flow.
The book begins with King Someshwar and Queen Karpuradevi (Prithvi’s parents) and how the royals anticipate his birth. The story continues with his childhood teachings and practices and how he grows into this fearless prince. It surprises his close companions how he can be cleverly strategic and also, kind and merciful at the same time. Princess Samyukta is hopelessly in love with him after having heard his many tales of valor. The moment Prithvi lays eyes on her, he too, is smitten. But when finally they meet, it is a little too late for them as destiny has other plans.
Yes, this is a short summary for a book that is 347 pages long but I didn’t want to give anything away. I’ll talk about the things I liked in the book first. This is the third book by the author that I am reading and this time too, she has impressed my socks off with her command over the English language! I mean, wow! The lady sure knows how to express herself!
The story is perfect for someone who knows nothing about the fabled king and would, like me, enjoy taking in the details of Prithvi’s kingdom and his victories and adversaries. A very well written narrative.
So why the above average rating, you ask? Here’s why.
For starters, the cover of the book suggested a political romance and that’s where I was left disappointed. The point where Samyukta comes into the story is much later and there is hardly any story happening between the two. I was expecting a more detailed romantic story between the Princess and the King, which was kept too short for my liking. Also, at other parts, the descriptions seemed a little too long. Maybe it is just me, but I did feel like it.
Nevertheless, the book portrays how India failed as a country in those times, there was a total absence of unity among small kingdoms. It also highlights the debauchery some kings involved themselves in, ultimately leading to devastation. At a point in the story Prithvi reminded me of King Ashoka when he comes to despise everything about battle.
Overall, the book paints a bold painting of the King Prithviraj as an ideal one whose tale, as he had hoped, is prevalent ages after his time. Definitely a worthy read if you are into Indian history.
*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***