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The first book in the Empire of the Moghul series: chronicling the rise and fall of the Moghul rulers of India, beginning with Babur who swept in from Central Asia to found one of the most powerful dynasties in history.

1494, and the new ruler of Ferghana, twelve-year-old Babur, faces a seemingly impossible challenge. Babur is determined to equal his great ancestor, Tamburlaine, whose conquests stretched from Delhi to the Mediterranean, from wealthy Persia to the wild Volga. But he is dangerously young to inherit a crown and treasonous plots, tribal rivalries, rampaging armies and ruthlessly ambitious enemies will threaten his destiny, his kingdom, even his survival.

About The Author
Alex Rutherford is Diana Preston and her husband Michael.

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Publisher Headline Book Publishing
Imprint Headline Review
Publication Year 2009
ISBN-13 9780755347513
ISBN-10 075534751X
Language English
Edition First Edition
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 448 Pages
Dimensions
Width 38.0 inch
Height 241.0 inch
Weight 720.0 g
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Disheartening

I had ordered Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North with such excitement that's inexplicable.I absolutely love historical and mythological reads. The book was delivered as informed and I was so happy to have got it.However,that is where EVERYTHING GOOD ENDED.

As I immersed myself into the gripping chronicle, I couldn't help but notice that the quality of pages wasn't upto the mark. Saddened as I was, today I was completely shaken by what happened next. The books' binding gave away leaving behind loose pages.

Couldn't help but lament on the condition of my first book of the quintet. Having done so well in the past I can only complain for my collection now has a book thats HALF BOUND and hence HALF SPECIAL.

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Excellent! ... get it.

In dry text books of history you get literal facts, the corresponding insipid dates... and objective information. Data which is cold, forbearing and soon forgotten. Here Rutherford fills in the flesh amidst the dry bones of cold history. Babur crosses the hindu kush... what he feels and thinks, what problems his troops face... how cold and difficult is the journey. Interesting detail fills up the otherwise skippable factual detail. High emotion... the why and why not litter the landscape. So much so you end up feeling sorry for Babur when he reminces about his friends and family whom he has lost and the simple free life he once lived.
It could have been more detailed at the probable cost of becoming heavy… but the author maintains a excited read at the cost of a more beautific (and hence limited) read.
Rutherford maintains a balance between drama and fact... going into characters and happenings to an extent to make them interesting, but at the same time letting them remain credible.
A very nice book and a thrilling one, where every page is a turner. The narrative seldom if ever slacks and you would get a basic historical insight as a bonus.
I finished this one yesterday night and am expecting the next (brother in arms) by afternoon today. A nice touch of superb delivery by flipkart.

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15 September 13
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The First Mughal in the land of Dust and Diamonds

Raiders from the North promises to enlighten readers of those olden days when a 12 year old Babur ( meaning "tiger"), a direct descendant to Timur the Turk, and Genghis Khan, the Mongol, took over as a warlord of Ferghana, in contemporary Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a land of meadows, rolling hills , cool climes; apple, apricot and almond orchards..and how he fought through numerous battles to lay seize of his dream states of Samarkand three times and was forced to exit every single time, how he crossed the deadly Khyber Pass to become the ruler of Kabul in 1504, and how through the battle of Panipat in 1526, became the first Moghul of Hindustan..which in his words, was a land of few charms, its people not very handsome, there are no good horses or dogs, meat, grapes, fragrant melons .. but full of great treasures, gems and stones , and above all Koh-i-Noor..

But the problem is it is a historical fiction, and the authors seem to have taken the fiction part of the story a little too seriously. Although helped with generous accounts of history from Baburnama or the book-of-Babur, chapters after chapter are written, but with painstaking indulgence of a painter, about fictional characters like Baburi, Baisanghar, Wazir Khan.. and troubling enough, one does not really able to appreciate the page-turning fast-paced indulgence of the book, so nicely written, because one is never sure, which paragraph is history, and which is fiction..

That said, the book definitely brings to flesh the often-forgotten first Mughal, and his fascination of re-claiming the lands once defeated by his great great great grandfather , Timur..the beautiful city of Samarkand which was an epitome of lux life, a sophisticated city of egg-shaped domes, slender minarets and tiled gateways.....where palace floors were inlaid with black ebony and pale ivory, full of marble sculptures, golden cups and flasks encrusted with emeralds, turquoises and rubies; of Kabul and finally the land of Dust and Diamonds : Hindustan, all of which belonged to him, to his barbaric army , by his erection of towers of human heads of enemies..by his use of cannon and gunpowder warfare, a novelty in those days..

It is an interesting story of the fluctuating fortunes of a small warlord.. to sleep in the Kok Saray citadel of Samarkand, to drink the red wine in a golden cup made from the skull of his arch rival Shaibani Khan in Kabul, and to defeat the Lodi and the Rajputs to initiate a 300 year Mughal empire...

But, if the book is so interesting, it is because of the history part of the narrative, and not the fictional paintbrush, and to find the characters one-dimensional and not well balanced, even with massacres of large scales..the book remains a superficial but interesting page-turner..

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A "hold-your-breath" page turner!

This series is the first time I have ever been so captivated by an author (or two in this case - under the same pen name) that I have picked up the entire series and simply gobbled it up like a ravenous person!
This narration of Babur's life makes Babur come alive. As you turn each page, you can see the child Babur, listening wide eyed to his father's stories, or the emperor Babur - caught unaware by his destiny, but quickly growing up to master the tyranny around him.
The power of this entire series is such that you find yourself transported to another world. Sometimes, on horseback - sometimes, into the icy mountains of Kabul, on howdahs in India, in palanquins in the mountain passes, and each place is so real that you need a few seconds to break free and come back into the 21st century. You can almost hear the war cries and smell the battlefield.
It is a wonderfully scripted series - each character defined in their day, age, and amongst their environment. There are elements of continuity in the ever changing world of the Mughal emperors - and the thread is never lost.
History has never been told so well!

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The blockbuster beginning of a magnificent journey!

I'd already read the third book in this "Empire of the Moghul" series- "Ruler of the World", Akbar being my all-time favourite Emperor. But ever since I'd become interested in the Mughal dynasty, I wanted to know more about the founder. More so because, all that the history books ever tell us about Babur is a 3-4 lines maximum on the fact that he was the founder and that he died very early. Nothing is ever mentioned about how his life.

And that's what this book is all about. Raiders from the North traces the journey of Babur since his father's death (as he struggles to gain a foothold in Ferghana and Samarkand and finally in Kabul and eventually Agra) to his own death a few years after establishing the Mughal Empire in Hindustan. And there can only be one word that captures my entire experience- blockbuster!

It's amazing how Rutherford effortlessly re-creates the era and brings it to life. I felt like I was re-living Babur's entire experience- the struggles, the innumerable battles, the tension, the defeat, the victory. Babur's character has been sketched so beautifully, I ended up crying after his death. For a man who had struggled since the age of 11 and ultimately managed to make his dreams come true, its so unfair that death took him away so fast. He didn't even get the chance to rule over Hindustan properly. And worse, Rutherford even gives a clear indication how rivalry among his sons will eventually destroy his empire...till Akbar establishes it once again. That makes me wish..if only Babur had lived longer...

This is a fabulous book and a must-buy if you are interested in the Mughal Dynasty. And if this is the beginning, you can well-imagine how the others book will be. Can't wait to get hold of the next one in the series! :)

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history lessons refreshed....

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