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Novels of India

John Speed’s Novels of India cover the final years of the Mogul Empire and the rise of the Marathis under the highwayman Shivaji. This historical fiction series begins with The Temple Dancer, when Maya, a graceful, young temple dancer with a mysterious past, is sold into slavery, and enters a world of intrigue, violence, and forbidden love. Bought by a Portuguese trader and sold as a concubine to the dissolute vizier of Bijapur, she embarks on a treacherous journey that will lead her into the center of a crucial period in Indian history.

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Tiger Claws
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Tiger Claws

Novels of India (Volume 2)
John Speed
St. Martin's Press

India, 1658. History blazes in the pages of Tiger Claws as passion and desire ignite India's Muslim-Hindu conflict. The adventure that began with The Temple Dancer now continues as...

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The Temple Dancer
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The Temple Dancer

Novels of India (Volume 1)
John Speed
St. Martin's Press

India, 1657.
When Maya, a graceful, young temple dancer with a mysterious past, is sold into slavery, she enters a world of intrigue, violence, and forbidden love. Bought by a Portuguese trader...

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About the author

John Speed

John Speed began studying Indian history, art and religion while still in high school. For more than 30 years his explorations have deepened, as he became absorbed in tales of the fall of the Mogul Empire and of the rise of the rebel prince Shivaji. In his many visits to India, he has stood on crumbling battlements, crawled through lightless caves, bathed in sacred rivers, wandered through forgotten gardens, prayed at old mosques and ancient temples, joined in night-long kirtans and qwalis, cheered on ecstatic temple dancers, and laid his head at the feet of hundreds of saints both living and dead, Hindus and Muslims alike. Speed is a freelance political consultant and journalist who co-founded a successful online newspaper. He now lives with his dogs in a very small house overlooking Swami's Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. Tiger Claws is his second novel, following The Temple Dancer.