Thomas Dunne Books
Alex Rutherford’s internationally bestselling series continues with the story of the third great Moghul emperor, Akbar, leader of a triumphant dynasty that contained the seeds of its own destruction.
Akbar, ruler of a sixth of the world’s people, colossally rich and utterly ruthless, was a contemporary of Elizabeth I, but infinitely more powerful. He extended his empire over much of Asia, skillfully commanding tens of thousands of men, elephants, and innovative technology. And despite the unimaginable bloodshed that resulted from it, his rule was based on universal religious tolerance.
However, Akbar’s home life was more complicated. He defied family, nobles, and mullahs to marry a beautiful Rajput princess, whose people he had conquered; but she hated Akbar and turned Salim, his eldest son, against him. What’s more, as any Moghul prince could inherit his father’s crown and become emperor, his sons were brought up to be intensely competitive and suspicious of each other: to see each other as rivals for the greatest prize of all. And, as Salim grew to manhood, the relationship between father and son became tainted by rebellion and competition to be the greatest Moghul of them all.
Praise for Ruler of the World:
“This series has developed into a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of a great and glorious dynasty. Bloody battles, brutal killings and treachery – what more could you ask for?”--Historical Novels Society
“Ruler of the World is a vivid portrayal of the rule of the Moghul Emperor Akbar… A fascinating look into a time and place that played an important part in history but is little known today.” —British Weekly (UK)
“The novel gives a very detailed reflection of Akbar's life…beautifully described…incomparable.” —Shivanibookreviews.blogspot.com
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
“The whole life and times of the Moghul dynasty are brought to life in vivid imagery.”
–Historical Novel Review
“Beautifully captures the vast panorama of Hindustan in the early sixteenth century. . . One can almost hear the boom of cannon and screams of fallen soldiers.” –Deccan Chronicle (India)
“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 (UK)
“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 AM (UK)
Praise for Raiders from the North:
“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
“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