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Tiger Claws: A Novel of India

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  85 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
India, 1658. History blazes in the pages of Tiger Claws as passion and desire ignite India's Muslim-Hindu conflict. The adventure that began with The Temple Dancer now continues as Maya, the temple dancer, traveling by caravan to her new owner, is kidnapped by the bandit prince Shivaji, and their destinies unite.
Meanwhile, in the jeweled palace of Agra, Aurangzeb---a fana
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 4th 2007)
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Aug 23, 2009 Ariela rated it really liked it
Readers of “The Temple Dancer” will likely enjoy “Tiger Claws,” John Speed’s second book in a planned trilogy. Chronicling the latter years of Mogul emperor Shah Jahan’s reign and the power struggles that emerge as he declines,Speed paints a picture of 17th century Indian life that is both intriguing and, at times, horrifying. Through the eyes of a high ranking eunuch named Basant we glimpse the realities of life inside Jahan’s palace: from Basant’s vivid childhood memories of being made into a ...more
Jun 25, 2009 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit disappointed in this second novel by John Speed as I really enjoyed his first book, The Temple Dancer. This one probably deserves more like 2.5 stars for the great historical setting in ancient India. The author is an authority on Indian history and culture and it shows. Unfortunately, he appears to be a better historian than a writer. The plots were confusing, but not as confusing as the characters, whom I struggled to keep straight from beginning to end. There was little resolution ...more
Nov 03, 2008 Vennela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suicidal people.
A disaster.

It may seem good to people who don't really know what went on during the era this story took place in.

I wonder if the author even knows what the word 'research' means. The only thing there is in the book is a confusing plot where the amateur author tries to reinvent the magic of an Indian tale and fails miserably. And of course, he picks one of the most enchanting tales to retell. This book completely ruined the magic of the Persian ways. If you want a good ancient Persian book, read
Sarah Wagner
I have to admit, I did not find Tiger Claws to be nearly as enjoyable as its predecessor The Temple Dancer. The characters were simply less interesting and less engaging than those of the previous novel.

Set in 17th-century India, Tiger Claws focuses on the rise of two leaders, Shivaji and Aurangzeb. The schemes of royal courts and perils of war surround these two figures and drive much of the novel's plot. While the world in which these figures exist is carefully drawn, the numerous characters
Nov 11, 2015 Mindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the Temple Dancer by a good bit. Too many characters to keep track of though, and again, not enough depth or backstory to the characters. This author is one of many that to my mind will never be in the ranks of storytellers like MM Kaye or James Clavell.
Nov 01, 2012 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read, but a bit militaristic and, at times, quite gory. I admit, I don't know a lot of history from India, so found it a bit hard to follow at times. I have no concept of where this books falls into the time line of Indian history, but I believe it's roughly "medieval" since it deals in the time period of Shah Jehad, builder of the Taj Mahal and his sons. I feel somewhat at a loss after finishing the book because I don't know how things played out from the point where the book ended. ...more
2stars. Not nearly as good as temple dancer. I actually couldn't finish this one. Like the other review said it was confusing and hard to keep track of who was who. Chapters didn't flow and felt really disjointed. If you want India in this time period read indu sundaresan instead.
Jan 18, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like historical fiction this is so good! Takes place in the 1600's - It's got everything! I could not put it down - scheming eunichs, love, murder, sex, betrayal- hmmm, have I left anything out?
Have moved to my "to read" list as this is quite a big book & I have too many others to read. (Library book) This is starting off really good tho.
Dec 06, 2011 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Hindu freedom movement is starting in 17th century India as the Mogul empire faces a succession crisis. An interesting look into the Indian subcontinent.
Интересно... во секој случај ми беше поинтересна од првиот дел.
Mar 19, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good but not as interesting as the first book.
Mar 26, 2010 Sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fabulous book by any means, but a fun, quick read
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John Speed began studying Indian history, art, and religion while still in high school. For more than thirty years, his explorations deepened as he became absorbed in tales of the fall of the Mogul Empire and of the rise of the rebel prince Shivaji. During his many visits to India, he has stood on crumbling battlements, crawled through lightless caves, bathed in sacred rivers, wandered through for ...more
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