He had the same section in the first book too but I missed it. Hindal , closest half brother to humayun , is shown as the only brother who from all his heart wishes to play an important role in Humayun’s cause but destiny had not written same for ’em. A nice read, but became bored by the time it was over. The first half does manage to hold attention, as Humayun squanders his inheritance and his brothers turn to foes and he is driven out of his empire, but the second half loses the steam and chugs along towards the predictable and lacklustre ending. He finally gets help from the Shah of Persia, to whom he gifts the Koh-i-noor, but who also extracts a bigger price. You WANT to concentrate on what their saying, but

After reading this book one can understand what Babur faced en route to create his vast empire. With the help of mercenaries from the Turkish army, Babur brought in artillery and canons into the battle which ended up killing the Sultan and securing the victory for Babur. But the only challenge he has that he hasn’t seen any real challenge as an emperor yet. Dec 13, Ramona Lazar rated it really liked it. The books seems to be showing a pattern – starting with a prince who has just ascended the throne and ending with the heir in the same position. But with this book, Alex Rutherford has managed to dispel that common portrayal. He may be doing adult things but he’s definitely only a teenager.

The historical fiction element makes the story very romantic, adding characters that might not have really existed fully, but brings out the downs and the lows of Babur’s life in a very candid manner of how his life started in Ferghana and then his struggle in Samarkand, moving on to the greener pastures in Kabul and finally to Hindustan.

It’s Autumn, the sun is shining, the garden is having its last growth spurt before winter.

This is a good read – enjoyable and informative – although slightly less gripping than the first book in the series. The one part which I found interesting was the how Babur was able to sell the concept of Jihad to his soilders,by asking them to fight and tell them they will go to Paradise according to the holy book and asking them to quit drinking wine,later we come to know Babur was reviee least worried abt his Jihad and had actually continued to drink wine and hashish Humayun’s marriage to Hamida, the one Hindal had had eyes for did not go down well with Hindal.

After reading this book one can understand what Babur faced en route to create his vast empire. I found this book interesting for its period details an lavish depiction of around the s in Northern India and Persia, ruthervord the Moghul emperor Humayun ruled, lost then conquered Hindustan again, while warring with his half-brothers for the throne of the Mughal empire. Overall I thought this was a great book.

This same skepticism, perhaps that I bought this book much later, after finishing the first one. From having become a king at the age of 13, he went on to become the first emperor of the great Moghul dynasty and the first to establish his long standing dynasty in Hindustan.


Just over 5 years earlier, Humayun’s father, Babur had abandoned Samarkand to the Uzbeks and had led his normadic people through mountain passes from Kabul crossed the Indus and crushed the Afghan Pashtun Sultan Ibrahim Lodi at Panipat to claim Hindustan for the Moghuls circa And, unfortunately, that is what it reads like, a history book with rare flashes of story telling brilliance, that leaves me feeling a bit regretful, contemplating what could have rufherford.

I know I have not given this book its due.

Brothers At War (Empire of the Moghul, #2) by Alex Rutherford

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Finally his promise to his dying father had been fulfilled. The novel itself was fascinating, but paled rhe comparison to the first book in the trilogy: It may be an inability on my part to project myself into the past.

Also they were honest, just and much loved kings unlike the Britishers.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Babur was a descendant of both TImur and Genghis Khan and became King at the age of 12 and was suddenly given a lot of responsibility and under attack from those who thought Fergana could be easily taken over.

My seres after having read some book series is that usually it is a one way downhill, first one being amazing and then you just continue through the rest of the series only to finish the story. Having lost everything, Fergana as well as Samarkand — a stroke of luck got him Kabul. This all leads e,pire you not really caring what happens to any of the characters.

From being king of a sma The first of the ‘Empire of the Moghul’ series, which begins in when the 12 year old Babur is suddenly forced to become king of Ferghana, on the death of his father. The book is not all bad. Loved this book and feel it’s better than the first one. I think the book is probably a 3 star or even maybe a 4 star. He let his kingdom go, remained in exile all his life and died in a ridiculous staircase accident. The best way to describe what I moghup between the covers would be to say all filler, no real killer.

It’s a classic recipe for success repeated even today by the successful the rutherforx over. The book reads like a thriller movie, filled with suspense and drama containing love, rebuttals, revenge, heartaches, suspense, anger, passion, desires, all leading to a terrific legacy. I did feel that the author went back a bit from the first book because the writing in the first book is really sophisticated and in this book the writing is kept simple and normal for ruyherford audience.

Also thanks to his star gazing and heavy opium he made each day of the week into a theme reiew for example on Monday – Justice, Tuesday – Finance etc and thus due to this his power serifs his people started to wane. While working on our book about Captain Wlex and the race for the South Pole, ‘A First Rate Tragedy’, the Russian research vessel on which we were sailing into Antarctica’s Ross Sea was nearly lost in one of the worst storms in Antarctic history with knot winds over kilometres per hour and 20 metre high waves.


Admittedly, he isn’t steely and strategic like Babur, but that’s what his charm is. Don’t get me wrong! I could go on but frankly I’d only be picking apart an already pretty threadbare novel. The life rafts washed overboard and the superstructure iced up like the inside of an old fridge, putting us in danger of capsizing.

On the battlefield he is second only to Babur and their fate seems to be intertwined. And this commence the lifelong struggle of Humayun to ensure his survival as well as of that of his empire.

I tend to think they were part of his learning and it paved the way for the ultimate entry of his son, Akbar. Empire of the Moghul Ruler of the world by Alex Rutherford.

Then on the second reading I stuck with it to the end. Without owning our great Moghul past and understanding the real reasons for their huge success, how can we succeed? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He had to flee from India to Rajasthan to Afghanistan to Persia, where finally with a troop of 10, cavalry gifted by the king who in return is gifted the Kohinoor Diamond.

Empire of the Moghul Series by Alex Rutherford

I found the character of Baburi quite enthralling, as it is a classic sense of a lower class person working together with a higher class person to attain goals, and remind oneself of life’s various luxuries that not everyone enjoys.

His love for his family and his passion for his legacy are unmistakable traits befitting a hero, rurherford we all like to moghu and relate to. From time to time I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something I would not normally read and this book was one of those times.

The omghul in a compelling new series of novels, Raiders from the North tells the largely unknown story of the rise and fall of the Mogul dynasties.

Sher Shah from Bengal was manacing with the help of his half-brothers.

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When it comes to the end of the story, and somehow the stars have aligned correctly for once and Humayun’s is back in the ascendant, it’s easy to wonder if this Moghul Emperor genuinely deserved what he ended up with or not. The sixth action-packed adventure from international bestseller Alex Rutherford. The second volume tells the story of HumayunBabur’s son and the second ruler of the Moghul Empire.

The advantage gained by Babur due to Cannons and matchlocks was lost with passage of time as other rulers too has acquired it and was part of their weapon repository.

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