Raiders from the North

Empire of the Moghul

Empire of the Moghul (Volume 1 of 5)

Alex Rutherford

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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It is 1494, and the new ruler of Ferghana, Babur, faces a seemingly impossible challenge. He is determined to equal his great ancestor, Tamburlaine, whose conquests stretched from Delhi to the Mediterranean, from wealthy Persia to the wild Volga. But he is dangerously young to inherit a crown, and treasonous plots, tribal rivalries, rampaging armies, and ruthlessly ambitious enemies will threaten his destiny, his kingdom, even his survival.
            Already an acclaimed international bestseller, Raiders from the North chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most powerful and magnificent dynasties the world has ever known. Full of breathtaking bloodshed and treachery, this is historical adventure at its very best.

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Chapter 1
Death Among the Doves
In a small dusty fortress in Central Asia in the summer of 1494, the baked-mud battlements, grey as elephant’s hide in daytime, were pinkening before Babur’s eyes with the sunset. Far beneath, the Jaxartes river gleamed a dull red as it flowed westward across the darkening plains. Babur shifted his weight on the stone step and returned his attention to his father, the king, who was pacing the fortress walls, hands clasped against the turquoise fastenings of his robes. His face was working excitedly as he launched into the story his twelve-year-old

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Praise for Raiders from the North

“Rutherford’s glorious, broad-sweeping adventure in the wild lands of the Moghul sees the start of a wonderful series. . . . Breathtaking stuff.”

—Manda Scott, author of The Boudica Quartet

Raiders from the North is a rousing, rampant gallop through the golden age of one of the world’s greatest empires. . . . This series will conquer readers as utterly as a Moghul army.”

—Nicholas Nicastro, author of Empire of Ashes

“A swift and exciting book that brings to new life a story that history had nearly forgotten.”

—Michael Curtis Ford, author of The Fall of Rome

“A historical novel filled with authentic historical characters that give the readers a glimpse into the savagery and ruthless ambition of the Moghul rulers.”

Deseret News

"A totally absorbing narrative filled with authentic historical characters and sweeping action set in an age of horrifying but magnificent savagery. The writing is as compelling as the events described and kept me eagerly leaping from one page to the next.”

--Wilbur Smith

“Brilliant and bloodthirsty.”

--The Northern Echo (UK)


--The Hindustan Times (India)

“A compelling series of novels.”

--Deccan Herald (India)

“The pace is fast, and Rutherford carries off the battle scenes with élan.”

--Business Standard (India)

“Alex Rutherford has set the bar high for his sequels.”

--The Daily Mail (UK)

"The books belong to the bigselling genre of historical fiction -- where skimpy facts are fleshed out with vivid descriptions and adorned with the glittering brocades of imagination."

--The Times of India

"An engaging, well-balanced work . . . [with] a certain cinematic helf to it, with a TV documentary-like treatment of the dramatic and the historic."

--New Delhi (India)

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About the Author

Alex Rutherford

Alex Rutherford is the pen name for Diana Preston and her husband, Michael, whose nonfiction has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Science and Technology prize and been praised worldwide. They have written seven books including, Cleopatra and Antony, Taj Mahal, and Before the Fallout. They live in London.

Alex Rutherford


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Raiders from the North
Empire of the Moghul
Alex Rutherford

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312573225
ISBN10: 0312573227
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages, Includes 2 maps

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
May 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923231
ISBN10: 1429923237
448 pages

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