If you know me well, you might also know about my love for mythological fiction. Yes, I love that genre. So, when this book came for review, how can I say no?
It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound—one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath.
When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.
All the while a passive spectator, the Peshwa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons? Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?
Stri’s Take on It:
To be honest, the book blurb was not as appealing as I expected it to be. With not much hopes, I started reading the novel. While I was obsessed about the whole Bajirao Mastani, there was a part of me wanting to read about Bajirao sparing his affair with Mastani. This book does exactly that. It is about Bajirao, his glory, his life, and his empire.
If you love history, you will love this book. This book is not a fast-paced read although the narration is quite gripping. This book is meant to be read and relished.
- Amazing narration and gripping screenplay
- Rich in history – a perfect read for all ages
- No unnecessary exaggeration
- Good command over the language – never once felt like English was used out of place for an Indian history novel.
OOPS: Nothing that could be explicitly pointed out.
Do I recommend? Yes.
<<Book sent by writersmelon for review purposes>>