Wednesday, February 5, 2014

#BookReview : The Treasure of Kafur by Aroon Raman

On the jacket:

‘The fate of an Empire trembles in the balance…’  

Hindustan, 1580 AD. The Mughal Emperor Akbar is at the height of his power, seemingly invincible. But twenty years of war have earned him many enemies, and rebellion is brewing, led by Asaf Baig, the tyrannical ruler of Khandesh. Baig has stumbled upon the knowledge that the fabulous lost treasure of Malik Kafur, that will guarantee victory to Akbar’s enemies, is known to an old woman called Ambu.  

Baig Kidnaps Ambu to wrest the knowledge of the treasure from her; but her twenty-year-old grandson, Dattatreya, escapes and flees across Hindustan to enlist the help of the one person who has the most reason to stop Baig – the Mughal Emperor himself.  Staying one step ahead of capture and death, Datta is swept up in a world of kings and warrior princesses, of uncommon friendships and an implacable evil; and a desperate race against time to save his grandmother – and the Empire.  

Aroon Raman, national bestselling author of The Shadow Throne now brings us a riveting saga of action and adventure set in Mughal India.


I had read Raman's first book,  The Shadow Throne a few months ago and was pretty impressed. A nail biting thriller, it had no hints of being a debut author's book. Next in line was a historical thriller, The Treasure Of Kafur and even just going by the cover, it seemed intriguing. 

A story about a treasure, but the plot is much more than what the blurb suggests. It's only when you start reading that you find yourself in the middle of a most unexpected plot. Set in the Mughal era, under Akbar's reign, our protagonist Datta has a connection with birds and animals, and can communicate with them. Also in the cast are Akbar, Maharana Pratap, Alauddin Khilji etc. 

All against the Mughal empire join hands and get together to find the treasure of Malik Kafur, and further use it to fund the process of defeating Akbar. Can they? Will they? Where does Datta fit in all this? 

A nail biting page turner, there is not a single dull moment in this book. Adventure, deceit, intrigue, romance, fantasy and some history - Raman has taken all the ingredients and woven a fantastic concoction. It's really nice to see, amidst so many mediocre books in the market, there are a handful of authors who know what they are doing, and do it rather well.

Rating: ****/5

[This was an author request review. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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