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Beneath a Marble Sky by [Shors, John]
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Shors's spirited debut novel tells the story of the eldest daughter of the 17th-century emperor who built the Taj Mahal. From her self-imposed exile, Jahanara recalls growing up in the Red Fort; the devotion her parents, Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, had for each other; and the events that took place during the construction of the fabulous monument to their love. Although Jahan is the emperor and has many wives, Mumtaz (he calls her Taj) is his soul mate, a constant companion and wise political consultant. She even travels with him into battle, where she eventually dies giving birth to their 14th child. Fortunately, she has the foresight to begin preparing her favorite daughter, Jahanara, by instructing the girl in the arts of influence and political strategy. Thus the young woman is able to pick up where her savvy mother left off. From then on it is Jahanara who advises the emperor, often instead of her dreamy brother, Dara, who is the rightful heir to the throne. It is she who helps with construction of the magnificent mausoleum for Mumtaz's remains and who falls in love with its architect, Isa, a man whom she can never marry. And it is she who leads a failed effort to defend the throne against a coup by her evil brother, Aurangzeb. With infectious enthusiasm and just enough careful attention to detail, Shors give a real sense of the times, bringing the world of imperial Hindustan and its royal inhabitants to vivid life.
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This is superior historical fiction... --BookPleasures.com

The author has obviously done in-depth research of the Taj Mahal and its history. In addition to his fascinating storyline, he weaves in many details about the planning and building of this unique architectural masterpiece. From the exquisite white marble brought in from the quarries of Makrana to the gold and precious gemstones decorating it, Shors enables his readers to visualize the profound wonder of it all. He also depicts the political climate in a clear and concise manner so that readers can better understand the Mogul empire that reigned supreme during this period of India's history. I can highly recommend this novel, a real page-turner throughout. --Historical Novels Review

Beneath a Marble Sky is a story which literally speaks to you. In his first novel, John Shors brilliantly recounts one of the world's greatest love stories, narrated against a backdrop of hatred and violence.--The India Post

There is scarcely a false note in this book and an enjoyable sense of time and place in the occasional description of how people live, what they eat and of what their lives and aspirations consist.... This exciting novel is...recommended to all readers who enjoy historical fiction or who have a particular interest in the Indian subcontinent. --BookIdeas.com

The book is a thrilling tale of the interactions of characters recognizable for their loyalty, duplicity, and passion and will appeal to a wide audience. The author has included enough accurate details to make regular readers of historical fiction hapy, too. Highly recommended for all libraries. --Library Journal

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  • File Size: 17523 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: McPherson & Company (January 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00727MG9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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