18 April, 2019

#BookReview :: Prithviraj Chauhan: The Emperor of Hearts by Anuja Chandramouli

Prithviraj Chauhan was destiny's chosen one, singled out for glory and greatness. During the course of an extraordinary life, he transcended the limits imposed on mortals and achieved Godlike luster. The conquering hero dreamed of a united land where peace prevailed over war and love over hate.

Princess Samyukta loved him from afar, and when Prithviraj Chauhan claimed her for his own, defying the wrath of an implacable foe, their happiness was complete. Victorious in love and war, Prithviraj Chauhan was soon to discover that success came with a terrible price - trouble, treachery and tragedy. What happened next? Read the tale of the legendary warrior who lives on in the hearts of those who remember his unmatched valor and timeless heroism. 

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Prithviraj Chauhan is a historical name that I knew very little about before I picked up this book. Though yes, Prithviraj and Samyukta’s story is a well known one.

The book begins with a scene where the kingdom is anticipating the birth of a royal baby. Would it be an heir to the throne? And the author has us hooked from the word get go. We see how Prithviraj grows up and the education and training that he gets. The life lessons that he learns comes from all quarters and the inherent quality that he has of attracting people to him is undeniable from a young age.  He is charismatic and he is brave. The tales of his heroic acts spread through the land and a young Samyukta falls in love with Prithviraj from those tales. Then they meet and Prithviraj is smitten at first glance. Little do they know that their lives are going to change forever… There is love and there is treachery and betrayal too. 

I cannot say this enough and if you have read more than one of my reviews of Anuja’s books, this may feel a bit repetitive. But Anuja can sure tell a story in a way that entertains her readers to the fullest. The book tells us of the life of this charming and fascinating king who belonged to the Chahamana Dynasty.  The book only covers his life, but also covered the lives of all those who influenced him in some way or the other. While the romance of Prithviraj and Samyukta plays a crucial role in the story, it is not the author’s main point of focus as she has told the whole story of the short but eventful life of Prithviraj Chauhan.

This book offers a good look into the political and cultural situation of the times and it wouldn’t surprise many readers to know that not much has changed in our core values when it comes down to it. Whether it’s the character of Someshvara, his father, or Karpuradevi – his mother or Kanchanadevi – his grandmother; through each of them, the author has painted a picture that is hard to overlook. And the influence that it had on Prithviraj is undeniable too. Karpuradevi made for an interesting character with shades of grey. 

Overall, the book is a refreshing take on our history. It is both informative and entertaining. It is clear that the author has taken certain liberties at place, but for most parts she has stuck to historical facts. If you love historical fiction, do give this book a try!

Review Copy received from the Author

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1 comment:

  1. I'm yet to read Anuja's historical fiction books, so will add it to TBR. :-) Lovely review as always.