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Griffin Barber spent his youth in four different countries, learning three languages, and burning all his bridges. Finally settled in Northern California with a day job as a police officer in a major metropolitan department, he lives the good life with his lovely wife, crazy-smart daughter, needy dog, and indifferent cat. He is the author, with Eric Flint, of1636: Mission to the Mughals.
- Publisher : Baen (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982125357
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982125356
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.7 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #295,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once I started, I cannot stop. The story zips along pretty well -- once you get used to the foreign nature of the Mughal court. That first book was a 4.5 star book.
This book, not needing the time to build the world or the characters, took me on a rollicking ride. The story enthralled me. The characters shone. From historical characters like Jahanara, Nur, Dara, and Aurangzeb to fictional characters like Gervais, Bertram, Monique, and others, characters are vivid and it's really fun being a fly on the wall to all the machinations or shenanigans that are going on (not sure if Amir was real or not but he's a great character too).
Here, we have a 3-way succession war that quickly became 2-way with almost equal odds. Battle lines are drawn and sides chosen. There isn't a villain per se in the story (the two I disliked were the bigoted Jesuit and Roshanara). I sympathized with most of the characters.
The twist (courtesy of Jahanara) as the last battle of this story unfolded took me by surprise. I felt very sorry for Carvelho. The outcome was very satisfying. The ending (at the dock) was a vivid picture in my mind -- a lone horserider staring at the distant ships leaving. It leaves me wanting for the sequel to follow very very soon (if not now which is impossible) :D
In short, a great sequel to Mission to Mughals and a 5 star read!
Good book and fairly good read.