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Critically acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan returns to 17th-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 listeners 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.

©2016 Indu Sundaresan (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Beautiful book

Such lovely narration and beautiful story . So rich and colourful captivating. Highly recommended for India buffs.

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  • Veritas
  • 21-06-16

shadow princess

Love this book and the narrator. Employs all the senses. I hope for more from this author.

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  • Sonia VA
  • 01-05-16

Shadow Princess

Another superb book by Indu and beautiful narration by Sneha, her voice is so captivating I did not wanted to stop listening, she brings each character to life.
The book is an excellent source of history about emperor Shah Jahan how he built the Taj Mahal and about his daughter who ruled his harem and courts.
Overall an excellent must read

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  • Virag Masuraha
  • 19-02-21

One of the best book series on Mughal India

excellent written. this iBooks has more to offer than my claimed historical accounts of Mughals.

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  • Nancy Young
  • 03-07-16

Great story

Great story. Hated the skips in the recording and repetition of recording in certain areas. Sneha mathan rocks. No one else can read the Indian historical stories in such a compelling fashion.

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  • paintgal
  • 01-04-16

Reads like a Merchant Ivory production!

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I really enjoyed this book. The author just transported me to another place and time, full of beautiful sights and sounds. The descriptions of palaces and delicacies, rich materials and jewels was beautiful! The wealth of the Mughal Empire was astounding, and the reader becomes a witness to the amazing life the Royal Family leads.
Strangely, I didn't like the main characters...(except for Jahanara's lover.)

The narration was absolutely beautiful...I could've spent many more hours listening to her beautiful voice, the elegant accent and pronunciation. Had I read the book myself, I would have struggled with the names and words that are foreign to me...instead they became enchanting sounds to my ear. I have never had the desire to visit India, until I experienced this book! Loved it.

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  • Joange
  • 02-09-21

Interesting historical novel.

I read the story preceeding this one and enjoyed both. The only issue I have is trying to keep track of names and places and there are many of both! Still, a great history lesson with some of the personal stories behind the facts.

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  • RachelleL
  • 22-07-21

Enjoy the history of India

This is a great continuation of this series. I have never learned about the history of India. Story had a little more details about the architecture than I would have preferred so that made the book longer than needed to be. Loved the telling of the princess and the love and care for her father till the end.

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  • Kim Brenneman
  • 29-06-21

Excellent series

Love this series. Well written and superb narration. Looking forward to the last book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-21

Historical fiction heavy on the history

This was fascinating, in its way, but probably not everyone’s cup of tea. The rich and convoluted story of family politics in the Mogul empire is bracketed all the way through with sometimes tedious details about the tombs and structures that were built by them, including, most notably, the Taj Mahal. Fascinating, yes, but occasionally just a bit much.

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  • Nena
  • 12-01-21

Tied things up

So, after listening to the first 2 titles, I wanted to see where these characters would end. I'm glad to have everything tied up quite nicely but the references, continuous references to the first two books were a bit too much. Having said that, I realize that if someone happened to pick up this book without the 2 precursors I understand the need to identify who is who. It was good but not as fantastic as the first or the second book but you won't regret hearing how the family grows and ends.