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Princeza iz senke (Taj Mahal Trilogy #3)

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Princeza iz senke se nadovezuje na romane Dvadeseta supruga i Svetkovina ruža. Autorka nas vraća u Indiju sedamnaestog veka, nekoliko godina pre Mehrunisine smrti, kada se dve princeze bore za prevlast.

Kako bi stekle moć nad očevim haremom, careve kćerke Džahanara i Rošanara kuju zavere i spletkare jedna protiv druge. Kao carskim princezama kretanje im je ograničeno na har
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Published by Laguna (first published 2011)
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Virginia Jacobs
I LOVED The Twentieth Wife, and I thought The Feast of Roses was good, but Shadow Princess was just slow. It skips a generation and picks up when Empress Mumtaz Mahal dies in childbirth, her husband, Emperor Shah Jahan, decides to build the Taj Mahal for her, and their eldest daughter, Jahanara becomes Shah Jahan's trusted confidant, essentially filling her mother's role.

And then not a whole lot happens. There's not really much discussion of the building of the Taj Mahal, there's a little bit o
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Shweta
When it comes to Indian historical fiction there is one author who never fails to impress me. Indu Sunderesan. Her books bring to life a period in Indian history which was filled with grandeur and magnificence.Tales of romances of this period are immortal . The opulence of their society is unmatched by anything of present day. If you have read her book,The Twentieth Wife, you know what I am talking about .

Shadow Princess is the story of Jahanara ,the eldest daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and Emp
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xJane
Mar 28, 2010 xJane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminists
Recommended to xJane by: Indu herself
I just finished reading Shadow Princess, the third book in Sundaresan's series about the women of Mughal India. Unlike the Feast of Roses (which should be preceded in reading by the Twentieth Wife), this one stands on its own.

It begins with the death of Mumtaz Mahal, the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built, and ends with her husband's death. In between, the life of their eldest daughter, Jahanara, is told with love and historical accuracy. Part history, part travelogue, and part fiction, Sund
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Beverly
For lovers of historical fiction, nothing is better than a book that has you immersed in the storyline and engages all of your five senses, so that when you look up from reading it takes you a couple of seconds to re-orient to your current surroundings. Shadow Princess by Indu Sundaresan was just that book for me. When Shadow Princess opens we are transported to 17th century India as the Mumtaz Muhal, the much beloved wife of the Emperor, is about to give birth to her 14th child. Also, in the ro ...more
Lauren
Shadow Princess is set in the Mughal Empire, at the eve of Mumtaz Mahal's death. The novel quickly delves into Shah Jahan's despair, unusual in a society where a man has multiple wives, and his contemplation of abdicating the throne for which he had fought so hard. However, after a few days, Shah Jahan emerges from seclusion with the idea of building the Taj Mahal. During Shah Jahan's mourning for his wife, the power dynamics shifted. First, in the Mughal Empire, succession wass determined by mi ...more
Tara Chevrestt
In all fairness, I think I would have enoyed this novel a lot more if I didn't already know the story. Having read "Beneath a Marble Sky," I already know the content, the brothers fighting each other, the elephant fight, the details of the Taj Mahal. Also, having read the previous two novels in this "series" by Indu Sundaresan, I already know the history leading up to this and grew bored with the "recaps."

However, I couldn't help but think of Marble Sky throughout the reading of this and felt t
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Jon
Thanks to Jackie for introducing me to this Series. HF based on the Moghul Emporers and some powerful ladies of the Harem. Delicious intrigues and opulence. This one is the third in the series but can be read as a stand alone, its skipped a generation from the previous two and takes place at the time of the building of the Taj Mahal. Not quite up to the previous ones but still fascinating and one of those that sends you frequently to wiki to check the true life facts.
Lynn
The third of Sundaresan's books of the Moghul empire. This one focuses on the eldest daughter of the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built. It was interesting, and well written. It's always hard to comprehend a life of such opulence, but with such strict limitations.
Puneri
I enjoyed reading the third novel in the "Tajmahal Trilogy". However, the first two novels that are about Meherunnisa were more enjoyable than the third one. The Shadow Princess follows the life of Jahanara, daugther of Shahajahan and Mumtajmahal. Sundaresan has done a wonderful job of keeping the story and history mixed together in a way that keeps the reader going from page to page. But the story itself is less enchanting than Noorjahan's story. Jahanara seems less fierce and cunning than Noor ...more
Tracie
As much as I enjoyed "The Twentieth Wife" and "The Feast of Roses", this book has been my favorite by Ms. Sundaresan. She has an amazing ability to research and take that knowledge and turn it into a story that will leave an impression greater than any history book or college class. Although I often read for escape, it is inevitable that I come away learning more than I realize at the time. The author pulls you in with her vivid descriptions of color, heat, smell and beauty.

The character develop
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Donna
Though I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Sundaresan's previous three novels I have to admit Shadow Princess fell flat and disappointed me. I saw only flashes of the passion and brilliance I felt graced the pages of The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, and The Splendor of Silence. I found the rest dry and pedantic, the brief quotes from early historical texts at the beginning of each chapter neither tantalized nor illuminated, and I confess I ended up skimming the chapters detailing the minutiae of pla ...more
Eileen
Ms. Sundaresan returns to seventeenth-century India and the women of the Mughal Empire in Shadow Princess. After the death of their mother, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, Princesses Jahanara and Roshanara compete for power and the affection of their father, Emperor Jahangir. Much of the responsibility for the empire falls on Jahanara, as her father is at first devastated by the death of his beloved wife, and then becomes obsessed with creating a Luminous Tomb to her memory - what will become known as The ...more
Mamta
The last of Indu Sunderasan’s Agra trilogy places Jahanara as the central protagonist. It’s an interesting read, largely because the subject matter is so rich. The book benefits from the limited choice the reader has in the genre of Indian Historical fiction. While the book lingers, sometimes excessively, on the description of the Taj’s architecture and the rituals of the Mughal court, its treatment of the human beings that populate its pages is almost cursory. The author has fallen short in fle ...more
Elizabeth Sulzby
One of the best historical fiction writers about India, especially Mughel India, that I have ever read. Excellent balance of contexts of what cities, countryside, geography, flora and fauna, and the building of the Taj Mahal. (I will list this book as currently-reading for a few days so friends can read the review more readily, although I have finished it. I expect to reread it at some time.)
Josanara is the oldest daughter of the Emperor who, after her mother's unexpected death, helped her fath
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Maggie
The third in the Taj series, following The Twentieth Wife, and The Feast of Roses. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, especially having travelled through these regions, and visited the various cities, forts, palaces and of course the Taj Mahal. It is so easy to picture the events occuring in the places I have visited.

I found the third book enjoyable but it did involve recapping at times, necessary for those who read this book as a stand alone. Initially this was a little annoying but soon t
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Naima
Contenuti storici e culturali ricchi e interessanti, soprattutto per chi, come me, essenzialmente all'oscuro della storia moderna dell'India. Azzeccata l'idea di narrare la storia di questo paese partendo da figure femminili forti, carismatiche ma costrette a restare celate al popolo, alla stessa corte, alla storia (il libro fa parte di un trilogia in cui ogni volume ha per protagonista una donna diversa dell'Impero moghul). Eppure dal romanzo esce un altro protagonista: lo zenana. Un mondo con ...more
Mona
Sundaresan wrote two books that I love, the preeminent The Twentieth Wife and its sequel Feast of Roses, about the life of Mehrunissa, or Nur Jahan, the most powerful empress of the Mughal empire. What I love about those two books, especially the first, is the intricate detailing of Sundaresan's writing. The best historical fiction writers have the ability to transport readers to a particular place and time. Sundaresan makes readers feel as though they have never known any other life besides tha ...more
Jessica Marshall
I won this on First Reads!

I love the way Sundaresan told the story in this book.She did it in such a way that I found my self transported back to the Century and the characters life. It made me what to keep reading.

Aurangzeb, the middle son of the family, soon became my favorite character.I like him because he is pretty much the outsider of the bunch. No one seems to like him all the much, and yet he still remained a strong. His love for his sister was great, but a lot of the things that he did
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The Book Maven
Without having read the first two books in this series, it's difficult for my review to be completely "fair and balanced." Having said that, I must not admit that I was not overly-impressed with this novel.

Shadow Princess focuses on the children of Shah Jahan, and begins as the Shah's beloved third wife is dying in childbirth. Her death leaves the Shah a bit at sea, and as his grip on his family and his reality briefly loosen, his children (already self-important and arrogant) begin to develop t
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Kata
Indu Sundaresan was one of the first Indian authors I read. Her writing caused me to fall in love with India but more specifically she taps into feminism during the 1500's. Impossible? Oh no, Nur Jahan a/k/a Mehrunnisa was essentially running the empire and had her name added to coins. Brains, beauty and she was cunning beyond her age. What more could a reader want? Sundaresan is precise in her narrative historically while spinning fabulous tales of the Muhgal Empire. This is her fifth book and ...more
Amanda
I read about one-half of this book before I put it down, which is a shame, really, since I consider Sundaresan's other two feats (Feast of Roses and The Twentieth Wife) among two of my favorite historical novels. What happened? The backdrop for this novel is perfect, as the focus is on Mumtaz's daughters and the aftermath of her death and subsequent building of the Taj Mahal - a subject covered frequently, yes, but I trusted Sundaresan to breathe new life into the well-plowed field. However, wha ...more
Pam
The lush lives of the royal family of the Mughal Empire make up the backdrop of this book, which drips with jewels and silks and the drama of elephant fights, sibling rivalries and unrequited passions.. Like Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth, Indu Sundaresan has woven a novel around the design and construction of a famous landmark. Jeweled inlays, painstaking calligraphy and laborious design went into the Taj Mahal, which was built to memorialize the mother of Princess Jahanara and her siblings ...more
Janice
This is the third book in the Taj trilogy. I was incorrect at book group when I said that I thought this was about a granddaughter of Khurram (Emporer Shah Jahan). The "Shadow Princess" is his daughter--and Arjumand's. The generation that is skipped is Arju's. She dies in childbirth giving birth to their 14th child, only 4 years into the reign of Shah Jahan. Jahanara is his oldest child, and he is so devastated at the death of his wife that he leans heavily on her--to the point where he refuses ...more
Niranjani
I really enjoyed reading this book. It took me back to the Mughal times and they lived in those times. Especially the royal women of the times. The novel is about jahannara the older daughter of shahjahan and mumtaz. The apple of their eye and after mumtazs demise during childbirth she becomes the support for her father and the empire. And she dedicates her entire life to serve the people. Her brother Aurangzeb also looked up to her for her advice. She served her father when shahjahans son Auran ...more
Vaidehi Patel
This book followed the Feast of roses and The Twentieth Wife. Each of the first two book were about the fascinating historical romance during the Moghul Empire. However, this book took a little different turn. Still keeping up with the romance it now depicts the reign of a women in the shadows of men!

In this part it starts with the end of Mumtaz's death and the beginning of Shah Jahan's oldes's daughter Jahanara. Her boldness and power is portrayed through her influence over all the men in her f
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Amanda Fucello
This one was another example of this writer's ability to conjure characters out of accounts. Although, I must say, she sometimes fails at developing motives for some of the characters actions, or their entire personality is unbalanced. "Ambition" is usually faulted as the reason for this, and I just didn't feel as though it was reason enough for multiple plot points. One of the downsides to historical fiction.
On the upside, she is an easy read with a knack for stringing words together to make be
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Carla Ford
Stick with this novel, you will find that it was worth it. When I first started reading, I was sure that the names of people and places were going to be impossible for me to keep up with. I stuck with it, and soon was able to figure out who was who, and what names were not as important to the story. The geography completely eluded me, but that wound up being okay as far as understanding the story.. The story was wonderful…as her mother was giving bitrth to a younger sister, Jahanara’s life was c ...more
Cherice
Impressed yet again with Sundarasan's aptness to create another engrossing historical novel about a new intriguing, powerful woman among the Imperial Zenana. Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan who erected the Taj Mahal in memorial of his beloved wife, became the most powerful woman in her father's zenana--although unmarried. I was not disappointed with this third and final book in the series. In fact, quite melancholy to see them end. Sundarasan was able to construct an Indian world of which I ...more
Asma
this was the third book i read for indu sundaesan. it was unique in some way. of course like her previous books i read, it took me to the 17th century india, but it also described the the building of the taj mahal and how shah jahan dedicated most of his time after his wife mumtaz mahal's death to build the tajmahal. in the mean time his aldest daughter jahanar took a leading role in leading the empire.
the book shows that in the time when there was no women rights some women used their intelleg
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Esti Sulistyawan
Jahanara adalah putri pertama Sultan Shah Jahan, sultan yang membangun Taj Mahal. Selain sebagai putri pertama, Jahanara juga putri kesayangan sang sultan. Ketika Mumtaz Mahal, istri tercinta sang sultan meninggal ketika melahirkan anak ke-14, Sang Sultan tidak ingin lagi kehilangan orang-orang yang disayangi. Karena itulah dia tidak mengijinkan Jahanara menikah. Padahal sebelum ibundanya meninggal, Jahanara sudah diberitahu oleh sang ibunda, bahwa ia akan dinikahkan dengan seorang bangsawan be ...more
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Taj Mahal Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Twentieth Wife (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #1)
  • The Feast of Roses (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #2)
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