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Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Treasure of Kafur by Aroon Raman

Blurb (from 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.

My take on the book:

An author's sign takes the novel to an extreme new level. Thank you, Aroon ji..!

I had had the privilege of reading the author-signed copy of Aroom Raman's first novel's The Shadow Throne. Like I have mentioned in the review, I loved it immensely. Hence, there was high hope when the author had re-contacted us for reviewing this book of his.

When I started the reading, as the prologue progressed, where the Kafur's treasure was being hurled over to somewhere, I was thinking that it was a National Treasure kind of a story. But in the first chapter, still the story is taking place in the history. I was a bit bewildered and checked out the blurb. Darn, it is a historical fiction.

That reminds me of my last historical fiction I had read - The Mountain of Light - which I had given up mid-way. I was scared this book will meet the same fate.But, though sometimes boring, I had completed it after all.

Imagine this. Me, who hates historical fiction, who dozes of every page of it, completes reading this book. Well, this is not just a historical fiction. It is way more than that. I guess, only Aroom Raman could do that to a historical-fiction-hater, like me.

It is a not just a historical fiction, it is a bundle of fantasy, historical fiction, adventure, of course, thriller and midst all that, a tinge of romance. A potpourri of genres, indeed.

Overall, now, after reading the book, I feel something was amiss. Perhaps, the actual grab that I felt during when I read the author's first novel. Well, swords and knives don't hold my interest as much as guns and bullets. I must say, I liked the author's first novel better than this one. And so it goes...



Title: The Treasure of Kafur

Author: Aroon Raman

ISBN (edition I've read): 9789382616122


Read between: 21-03-2014 to 23-03-2014

Reviewed for: Aroon Raman

Publishers: Pan Macmillan Publishers

Pages: 399

MRP: ₹ 299

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