- File Size: 2517 KB
- Print Length: 406 pages
- Publisher: Asian Literary Classics (June 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008E1P7KA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
God King of Angkor: A Novel of Tyranny Kindle Edition
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Postscript (and spoiler alert for those familiar with Shakespeare's least respected tragedy): For those like me who missed it initially, the plot of this novel is a re-working of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus."
Most of the action is set around the court in Angkor Thom itself, although the book does explore other cities of Angkor, namely the alternate capital, Koh Ker. The writing is brisk, fast paced, and makes for a fun read. The characters are well drawn, especially the character Aaron, a white male concubine who finds himself mixed up in Angkorian palace intrigrues, and Savdra, the evil God King.
Another fascinating aspect of the book is how the ancient Indian myth of Rama is tied into the story. Savdra's obsession with Rama is a powerful element.
I also enjoyed the rich imagery of Angkor Thom as it would have been 1000 years ago. All in all Waldron has done a great job with this book.
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