Shadow Princess #2020

Shadow Princess By Indu Sundaresan Shadow Princess The 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 imperi
  • Title: Shadow Princess
  • Author: Indu Sundaresan
  • ISBN: 9781416548799
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shadow Princess By Indu Sundaresan The 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 competitioThe 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 , 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 Mahal.With 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.
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    1. Indu Sundaresan

      Indu Sundaresan was born in India and grew up on Air Force bases all over the country Her father, a fighter pilot, was also a storyteller managing to keep his audiences captive and rapt with his flair for drama and timing He got this from his father, Indu s grandfather, whose visits were always eagerly awaited Indu s love of stories comes from both of them, from hearing their stories based on imagination and rich Hindu mythology, and from her father s writings.After an undergraduate degree in economics from India, Indu came to the U.S for graduate school at the University of Delaware But all too soon, the storytelling gene beckoned.

    485 thoughts on “Shadow Princess”


    1. 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 s [...]


    2. 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, Sundares [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. Shadow Princess is set in the Mughal Empire, at the eve of Mumtaz Mahal s death The novel quickly delves into Shah Jahan s despair, unusual in a society where a man has multiple wives, and his contemplation of abdicating the throne for which he had fought so hard However, after a few days, Shah Jahan emerges from seclusion with the idea of building the Taj Mahal During Shah Jahan s mourning for his wife, the power dynamics shifted First, in the Mughal Empire, succession wass determined by might, [...]


    5. Although the book is third in the series of three, I have no problem in the reading It begins with the death of Mumtaz upon the birth of her 14th child in 19 years of marriage Even opium could not alleviate the struggle she was under Her husband, the Emperor of all Hindustan, mourned her passing culminating in a most splendid mausoleum for his beloved These Mughals were prolific builders and I marvel at the time they spent planning and building their final resting places Not all the children sur [...]


    6. In all fairness, I think I would have enoyed this novel a lot if I didn t already know the story Having read Beneath a Marble Sky, I already know the content, the brothers fighting each other, the elephant fight, the details of the Taj Mahal Also, having read the previous two novels in this series by Indu Sundaresan, I already know the history leading up to this and grew bored with the recaps However, I couldn t help but think of Marble Sky throughout the reading of this and felt this one pales [...]


    7. Thanks to Jackie for introducing me to this Series HF based on the Moghul Emporers and some powerful ladies of the Harem Delicious intrigues and opulence This one is the third in the series but can be read as a stand alone, its skipped a generation from the previous two and takes place at the time of the building of the Taj Mahal Not quite up to the previous ones but still fascinating and one of those that sends you frequently to wiki to check the true life facts.


    8. The third of Sundaresan s books of the Moghul empire This one focuses on the eldest daughter of the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built It was interesting, and well written It s always hard to comprehend a life of such opulence, but with such strict limitations.


    9. 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 [...]


    10. I could have done w o this book it was a boring sequel I liked her prev book, The Twentieth Wife, though and maybe that is so because the content was new and unfamiliar and there was accidental learning , but I had NO patience for this soap opera It was cool to learn about the imperial court and the zenan the first time, but the detail of the architecture and the endless historical drama was too much the second time I started skimming those sections fast The characters had NO depth and I could n [...]


    11. Sundaresan wrote two books that I love, the preeminent The Twentieth Wife and its sequel Feast of Roses, about the life of Mehrunissa, or Nur Jahan, the most powerful empress of the Mughal empire What I love about those two books, especially the first, is the intricate detailing of Sundaresan s writing The best historical fiction writers have the ability to transport readers to a particular place and time Sundaresan makes readers feel as though they have never known any other life besides that o [...]


    12. Without having read the first two books in this series, it s difficult for my review to be completely fair and balanced Having said that, I must not admit that I was not overly impressed with this novel.Shadow Princess focuses on the children of Shah Jahan, and begins as the Shah s beloved third wife is dying in childbirth Her death leaves the Shah a bit at sea, and as his grip on his family and his reality briefly loosen, his children already self important and arrogant begin to develop their o [...]


    13. Ms Sundaresan returns to seventeenth century India and the women of the Mughal Empire in Shadow Princess After the death of their mother, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, Princesses Jahanara and Roshanara compete for power and the affection of their father, Emperor Jahangir Much of the responsibility for the empire falls on Jahanara, as her father is at first devastated by the death of his beloved wife, and then becomes obsessed with creating a Luminous Tomb to her memory what will become known as The Taj [...]


    14. One of the best historical fiction writers about India, especially Mughel India, that I have ever read Excellent balance of contexts of what cities, countryside, geography, flora and fauna, and the building of the Taj Mahal I will list this book as currently reading for a few days so friends can read the review readily, although I have finished it I expect to reread it at some time Josanara is the oldest daughter of the Emperor who, after her mother s unexpected death, helped her father deal wi [...]


    15. The last of Indu Sunderasan s Agra trilogy places Jahanara as the central protagonist It s an interesting read, largely because the subject matter is so rich The book benefits from the limited choice the reader has in the genre of Indian Historical fiction While the book lingers, sometimes excessively, on the description of the Taj s architecture and the rituals of the Mughal court, its treatment of the human beings that populate its pages is almost cursory The author has fallen short in fleshin [...]


    16. As much as I enjoyed The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses , this book has been my favorite by Ms Sundaresan She has an amazing ability to research and take that knowledge and turn it into a story that will leave an impression greater than any history book or college class Although I often read for escape, it is inevitable that I come away learning than I realize at the time The author pulls you in with her vivid descriptions of color, heat, smell and beauty.The character development is sup [...]


    17. I won this on First Reads I love the way Sundaresan told the story in this book.She did it in such a way that I found my self transported back to the Century and the characters life It made me what to keep reading.Aurangzeb, the middle son of the family, soon became my favorite character.I like him because he is pretty much the outsider of the bunch No one seems to like him all the much, and yet he still remained a strong His love for his sister was great, but a lot of the things that he did mad [...]


    18. 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 planni [...]


    19. I enjoyed reading the third novel in the Tajmahal Trilogy However, the first two novels that are about Meherunnisa were enjoyable than the third one The Shadow Princess follows the life of Jahanara, daugther of Shahajahan and Mumtajmahal Sundaresan has done a wonderful job of keeping the story and history mixed together in a way that keeps the reader going from page to page But the story itself is less enchanting than Noorjahan s story Jahanara seems less fierce and cunning than Noorjahan Her l [...]


    20. The third in the Taj series, following The Twentieth Wife, and The Feast of Roses I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, especially having travelled through these regions, and visited the various cities, forts, palaces and of course the Taj Mahal It is so easy to picture the events occuring in the places I have visited I found the third book enjoyable but it did involve recapping at times, necessary for those who read this book as a stand alone Initially this was a little annoying but soon the s [...]


    21. Contenuti storici e culturali ricchi e interessanti, soprattutto per chi, come me, essenzialmente all oscuro della storia moderna dell India Azzeccata l idea di narrare la storia di questo paese partendo da figure femminili forti, carismatiche ma costrette a restare celate al popolo, alla stessa corte, alla storia il libro fa parte di un trilogia in cui ogni volume ha per protagonista una donna diversa dell Impero moghul Eppure dal romanzo esce un altro protagonista lo zenana Un mondo con una su [...]


    22. I read about one half of this book before I put it down, which is a shame, really, since I consider Sundaresan s other two feats Feast of Roses and The Twentieth Wife among two of my favorite historical novels What happened The backdrop for this novel is perfect, as the focus is on Mumtaz s daughters and the aftermath of her death and subsequent building of the Taj Mahal a subject covered frequently, yes, but I trusted Sundaresan to breathe new life into the well plowed field However, what ultim [...]


    23. Indu Sundaresan was one of the first Indian authors I read Her writing caused me to fall in love with India but specifically she taps into feminism during the 1500 s Impossible Oh no, Nur Jahan a k a Mehrunnisa was essentially running the empire and had her name added to coins Brains, beauty and she was cunning beyond her age What could a reader want Sundaresan is precise in her narrative historically while spinning fabulous tales of the Muhgal Empire This is her fifth book and the momentum of [...]


    24. The lush lives of the royal family of the Mughal Empire make up the backdrop of this book, which drips with jewels and silks and the drama of elephant fights, sibling rivalries and unrequited passions Like Ken Follett s Pillars of the Earth, Indu Sundaresan has woven a novel around the design and construction of a famous landmark Jeweled inlays, painstaking calligraphy and laborious design went into the Taj Mahal, which was built to memorialize the mother of Princess Jahanara and her siblings Th [...]


    25. This is the third book in the Taj trilogy I was incorrect at book group when I said that I thought this was about a granddaughter of Khurram Emporer Shah Jahan The Shadow Princess is his daughter and Arjumand s The generation that is skipped is Arju s She dies in childbirth giving birth to their 14th child, only 4 years into the reign of Shah Jahan Jahanara is his oldest child, and he is so devastated at the death of his wife that he leans heavily on her to the point where he refuses to let her [...]


    26. I really enjoyed reading this book It took me back to the Mughal times and they lived in those times Especially the royal women of the times The novel is about jahannara the older daughter of shahjahan and mumtaz The apple of their eye and after mumtazs demise during childbirth she becomes the support for her father and the empire And she dedicates her entire life to serve the people Her brother Aurangzeb also looked up to her for her advice She served her father when shahjahans son Aurangzeb im [...]


    27. Stick with this novel, you will find that it was worth it When I first started reading, I was sure that the names of people and places were going to be impossible for me to keep up with I stuck with it, and soon was able to figure out who was who, and what names were not as important to the story The geography completely eluded me, but that wound up being okay as far as understanding the story The story was wonderful as her mother was giving bitrth to a younger sister, Jahanara s life was changi [...]


    28. Impressed yet again with Sundarasan s aptness to create another engrossing historical novel about a new intriguing, powerful woman among the Imperial Zenana Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan who erected the Taj Mahal in memorial of his beloved wife, became the most powerful woman in her father s zenana although unmarried I was not disappointed with this third and final book in the series In fact, quite melancholy to see them end Sundarasan was able to construct an Indian world of which I knew [...]


    29. This one was another example of this writer s ability to conjure characters out of accounts Although, I must say, she sometimes fails at developing motives for some of the characters actions, or their entire personality is unbalanced Ambition is usually faulted as the reason for this, and I just didn t feel as though it was reason enough for multiple plot points One of the downsides to historical fiction.On the upside, she is an easy read with a knack for stringing words together to make beautif [...]


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