A Kingdom Divided

Empire of the Moghul

Empire of the Moghul (Volume 2 of 5)

Alex Rutherford

Thomas Dunne Books

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Already an international bestseller, A Kingdom Divided continues the epic story of the Moghuls, one of the most magnificent and violent dynasties in world history.

India, 1530. Humayun, the newly crowned second Moghul emperor, is a fortunate man. His father, Babur, has left him wealth, glory, and an empire that stretches a thousand miles south of the Khyber Pass; he must now build on his legacy, and make the Moghuls worthy of their legendary forebear, Tamburlaine.

But, unbeknownst to him, Humayun is already in grave danger. His half brothers are plotting against him; they doubt that he has the strength, the will, the brutality needed to command the Moghul armies and lead them to still-greater glories. Soon Humayun will be locked in a terrible battle: not only for his crown, not only for his life, but for the existence of the very empire itself.

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A KINGDOM DIVIDED (Chapter 1)Riding the Tiger

The wind was chill. If Humayun closed his eyes he could almost imagine himself back among the pastures and mountains of the Kabul of his boyhood, rather than here on the battlements of Agra. But the short winter was ending. In a few weeks the plains of Hindustan would burn with heat and dust.

Drawing his fur-lined scarlet cloak more tightly around him, Humayun walked slowly along the walls. He had ordered his bodyguards to leave him because he wanted to be alone with his thoughts. Raising his head, he gazed up into clear skies that were splashed

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Praise for A Kingdom Divided

International Praise for A Kingdom Divided:
 
"The hand-to-hand combat pulsates with heroic vigor and plentiful gore, sure to entertain fans, and the climax paves the way for the next epic entry."--Publishers Weekly

“This book has everything: a flawed yet heroic leader, love, jealousy, and treachery. It is a perfect summer read—fast paced and completely absorbing.” —City A.M. (U.K.)

“A roaring landslide of an historical epic full of the red-hot heat of battle and the blackout of treachery, with a cast of characters to die for.” —The Northern Echo (U.K.)

“Literally packed with the stuff of legend—bloody battles, brutal killings, and treachery—this is a turbulent and timeless story told with gripping reality and epic scope.” —Lancashire Evening Post (UK)

“Extremely readable . . . and Rutherford . . . has mined the rich historical material to tell a cracking tale.” —The Times of India

“Rutherford very deftly re-creates the life and times of the second Moghul emperor who ruled present-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of northern India.” —The Sunday Tribune (India)

Praise for Raiders from the North:

“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

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Alex Rutherford

ALEX RUTHERFORD is the pen name for Diana and Michael Preston, whose nonfiction has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Science and Technology Prize and been praised worldwide. They are also authors of Raiders from the North, the first book in the Empire of the Moghul series. They live in London.

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A Kingdom Divided
Empire of the Moghul
Alex Rutherford

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429990301
ISBN10: 1429990309
448 pages
$9.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
July 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312597016
ISBN10: 0312597010
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250007292
ISBN10: 1250007291
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages, Includes one map
$15.99
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