Ruler of the World

Empire of the Moghul

Empire of the Moghul (Volume 3)

Alex Rutherford

St. Martin's Griffin

Alex Rutherford’s internationally bestselling series continues with Ruler of the World, the story of the third great Moghul Emperor, Akbar, leader of a triumphant dynasty which 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, yet despite the unimaginable bloodshed which resulted his rule was based on universal religious tolerance.

However, Akbar's homelife 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.


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Ruler of the World
Part IFrom Behind the VeilChapter 1Sudden DangerNorthwestern India, 1556 
Alow rumbling growl rose from the dense acacia bushes thirty yards away. Even without it Akbar would have known the tiger was there. Its musky scent hung in the air. The beaters had done their work well. While moonlight still silvered the hills in which Akbar's army was encamped, a hundred miles northeast of Delhi, they had started towards the small forest where a large male tiger had been sighted. The village headman who had brought word of it to the camp, saying he had heard that


Praise for Ruler of the World

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

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

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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 and A Kingdom Divided. They live in London





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    Alex Rutherford



    St. Martin's Griffin