EMPIRE OF THE MOGHUL
Author: ALEX RUTHERFORD
A brilliant and gripping first book of Empire of the Moghul series. Rutherford has narrated the history without any distortion and yet has dramatized it in a racy style. He has found a real life hero in Babur, with flaw, mistakes and misadventure bringing out the true hiroism in him.
Raiders from the north is story of a young boy born with a destiny (or he believed so), a son deprived of father at a very young age, a grand son burdened under legacy and dreams of grand mother, a brother who has failed in his promise to protect his sister, a heir desperate to prove himself worthy of his blood line and an emperor who rightfully comes up on his throne.
1494, after untimely death of his father a 12 years young boy took throne of Ferghana in midst of conspiracy and disloyalty. Driven by innocent ambition he took over the city of his ancestors only to lose both his own lands and newly won city, Samarkand. Deprived of his rightful kingship, years of wandering and being a king in exile brought the real soldier out of him.
After a life whirlwind of battles, blood feuds and numerous epic challenges, one who came across the Hindukush and swam across the Indus had laid a rightful ownership on the tag of the Emperor of the new world. In his magnificent history, he added another glorious chapter with establishment of the Moghul Empire in Hindustan.
1526, the great first moghul al-ṣultānu ‘l-ʿazam wa ‘l-ḫāqān al-mukkarram pādshāh-e ghāzī Zāhir ud-Dīn Muḥammad Babur fulfilled his destiny and proved himself the true heir of Timur and Genghis as the overlord of Hindustan.
Rutherford has put this bloody saga of strife and loss, wars and sieges, glory and guts together in a fast paced rip roaring adventure without diluting historical facts and yet has introduced his own characters with plausible dialogues and day-to-day event which do not seem contrived. This book has given Babur a place in public imagination.
A start to a new series of novel and what a start!! A must read !