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Brothers At War (Empire of the Moghul #2)

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The second enthralling installment in Alex Rutherford's Empire of the Moghul series.

1530, Agra, Northern India. Humayun, the newly-crowned second Moghul Emperor, is a fortunate man. His father, Babur, has bequeathed him wealth, glory and an empire which stretches a thousand miles south from the Khyber pass; he must now build on his legacy, and make the Moghuls worthy of th
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Headline Review (first published 2010)
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Jahnavi Jha
Jan 13, 2013 Jahnavi Jha rated it really liked it
I liked this even better than Raiders from the North. The writing was smoother and more skilled. We grew up with the notion that Humayun was the stupid one. He let his kingdom go, remained in exile all his life and died in a ridiculous staircase accident. Alex Rutherford has changed my entire belief. The depth of each character is truly commendable. Humayun's life is portrayed as a determined struggle to win back his empire. What is truly inspirational is the fact that he never lost faith in hi ...more
May 29, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
As with the first book in the series, A Kingdom Dividied/Brothers at War (depending on which country published your volume) is and engaging and quick experience in the Moghul world.

The second book focuses on Humayun, the favorite son and heir of Babur, the protagonist of the first book. Unlike Babur, though, I felt like Humayun makes for a less interesting and more problematic protagonist. Whereas Babur admitted his own flaws and seemed to learn from them, Humayun seems virtually unable to do so
Sep 15, 2012 Dipa rated it liked it
The novel itself was fascinating, but paled in comparison to the first book in the trilogy: Raiders of the North. Not because Rutherford's narration is bad, but because I found Humayun nowhere near as interesting as his father. As Humayun comes across as a spoilt prince who squanders away his father's kingdom, I spent most of the book generally irritated by his bad decisions and lack of foresight. Perhaps that is 'the point' of the story, but it's a bit hard to put up with for over 400 pages. It ...more
Arun Batra
Mar 02, 2014 Arun Batra rated it really liked it

Totally grasping...if you are interested in Mogul history, these are the set of books you should invest your time in. These books made me imagine those times, the mere scale of activities, the hardships compared to today!
Just like the first book, this book is as tasty to read. At times though, the description of battles becomes verbose, but I guess that's ok as this is a book about an emperor and his ambitions!
All in all, a great read, looking forward to the third book.
Apr 08, 2016 ArZo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
মোগল পরিবারের দবিতীয় পরজনমের পরসপরের পরতি ভালোবাসা, বিশবাস, বিশবাসঘাতকা, যুদধ এবং বিজয়ের উপাখযান হলো রাদারফোরডের মোগল সিরিজের দবিতীয় বই বরাদারস অযাট ওয়ার। যারা ইতিহাসের পরতি অনুরকত তারা এই সিরিজের বইগুলোতে মাদকতা খুজে পাবেন।

তুমুল বৃষটিপাতের মধযে হুমায়ূনের সৈনযরা চৌসায় তাদের শিবির সথাপন করেছে। উদদেশয এক বিদরোহী শেরশাহকে উপযুকত শাসতি দেয়া। হুমায়ূনের সৈনয সংখযা সোয়া লাখ আর শের শাহের আশি হাজার। হূমায়ূনের সৈনয সংখযা টা আরও বাড়তে পারতো কিনতু সৎ ভাই কামরান, যাকে হুমায়ূনকে হতযা করার ষড়যনতরে এর মধযেই এক
Mahir Farhan Khan
মানুষের নাম যে অরথ পরকাশ করে তা কি সেই মানুষের চরিতরে পরতিফলিত হয়? এমনটা মনে হয় না খুব বেশী কষেতরে দেখা যায়। যেমন, আমার কথা ধরা যাক। আমার নামের অরথ করলে দাঁড়ায় ‘দকষ’। অথচ বাসতবে মটকা মেরে শুয়ে থেকে বই পড়া ছাড়া কোনো কাজেই আমার দকষতা আছে বলে মনে হয় না!

তা হঠাৎ এই নামের পরসঙগ কেন? দরকার আছে হে, দরকার আছে। লিখতে বসেছি যখন দবিতীয় মুঘল সমরাট হুমায়ুনকে নিয়ে তখন নামের পরসঙগ না এসে যাবে কোথায়! ‘হুমায়ুন’ শবদের অরথ করলে দাঁড়ায় ‘ভাগযবান’। এই নামটা আর কারও কষেতরে এতটা মানাতো না যতটা মানিয়েছে সমরাট হুমায়ুনের
The second part of the empire of the Moghul quintet narrates the story of the Mughal emperor Humayun.

This tale begins where it left at the end of the first book,'the raider of the north'. Humayun the newly anointed Mughal emperor is trying to establish himself as the supreme ruler of the vast Mughal empire. The empire which his father bequeathed him lacks in nothing, it has limitless wealth, has a formidable military strength and stretch from the Khyber pass in the west to the Bengal in the east
Arun Divakar
Apr 27, 2015 Arun Divakar rated it liked it
The first tentative grapple hooks of the Mughal empire placed on Indian soil get an almighty shake in the second installment of this series. Babur put down the light green flag of the Mughals in Delhi and left it to his son and heir, Humayun to strengthen and enlarge the empire. While he was the son of his father in matters of warfare, Humayun slowly sank into the complacency of being a ruler and paid the ultimate prize for it. He not only had to deal with an enemy in the form of Sher Shah who l ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Maddythinks rated it it was amazing
This one starts off with an 'off' Humayun getting whatever he liked and whenever he yeah he is spoilt, annoying, womanizing and opium addicted. You have reason to feel great when Khanzada slaps him repeatedly.
However, he wins you a few 200 pages down the line with his kind heart (a bit impractical, but Humayun wasn't the tough ruler like Babur)and endearing ways: his falling in love, his love of family and his faith in himself to make everything right.
Admittedly, he isn't steely and
GS Nathan
Aug 07, 2011 GS Nathan rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
Does not work for me. Alex Rutherford may have grand ideas for his books, but the stories he tells are not that compelling even though the material he uses surely is. The tension between Babar's sons could have been much more satisfyingly told, it is a pity that it is all a bit superficial...perhaps it is difficult covering a dynasty like the Moghuls in a few books... But the point is, if it is just a retelling of events a history book would do well. And, unfortunately, that is what it reads lik ...more
Lindsay Eaton
Sep 18, 2011 Lindsay Eaton rated it liked it
'Brothers at War' is the second instalment in the 'Empire of the Moghul' series by Alex Rutherford. It tells the story of the second Moghul Emperor, Humayun – who loses and then regains the empire bequeathed to him by his father in 1530. This is a good read - enjoyable and informative - although slightly less gripping than the first book in the series.
Mrinmoy Khataniar
Oct 04, 2012 Mrinmoy Khataniar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Luther Obrock
Apr 29, 2012 Luther Obrock rated it did not like it
Apparently the life of Humayun was like a bad historical novel.
May 04, 2017 Yusuf rated it liked it
After reading the first book of this series it got me more interested to know about Humayun's life. I was disappointed with the initial parts of the book. It was just the way Humayun lead the kingdom at the beginning.

However the book turns interesting especially after his brother betrays him and Akbar is born. For the most of the part he is travelling aiming to win his kingdom back the book is more about the fall and rise of Humayun.

I didnt find it as interesting as the first book but still ni
Laila Khalil
May 24, 2017 Laila Khalil rated it liked it
Interesting but fades in comparison to the first book
Sandhya Subhash
Nov 07, 2016 Sandhya Subhash rated it it was amazing
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Rahul Khatri
Feb 13, 2016 Rahul Khatri rated it it was amazing
Profoundly Moving !!!

" Brothers at War " is the second installment of Empire of the Moghul series , narrating the life span of a true warrior & leader , Humayun with the pinch of fiction making it one of the riveting historical fiction of all times . Book covers almost all the adventures , tragedies , contradictions and eventual triumphs of Humayun's extra-ordinary life .
Story launched with Babur's reign in northern India as the Emperor of Hindustan but with time gets infected with the soci
Debjit Sengupta
Nov 18, 2015 Debjit Sengupta rated it really liked it
It’s second book in the series on Mughal empire. It gives an account of 2nd Mughal king- Humayun. The book is all about his initial success, reverses which bought him down from zenith to nadir and ultimate comeback. His half sister Gulbadan used to record his victories, tragedies and adventures. His attendant – Jauhar also used to write notes on his master life. Later on, Abuz Fazal had a section on “Akbarnama” devoted to Humayun rule. This all became a major source of information on his life an ...more
Jash Ghedia
Feb 17, 2015 Jash Ghedia rated it really liked it
Brothers at war is the second book in The moghul empire series. As much as I loved the book, it was not good compared to the first book which tells us the story of Babur, the first moghul emperor. This book covers the story of Babur's favourite child Humayun. We see the fall and rise of Humayun, how he started his emperors life with glorious Hindustan and struggled to keep it. We see his journey to success again.

The writing in the book was alright, nothing special. I did feel that the author we
Sachin Govind
Feb 26, 2017 Sachin Govind rated it really liked it
it is a great read.It gives a lot of insight into the Mughal Empire though it's a romanticised to a great extent.
Jul 25, 2011 Manu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
'Brothers at War' is the second of the 'Empire of the Moghul' series and begins in 1530, right where the first one ended. Babur is dead, and despite naming Humayun successor to the wealth and the new empire he has founded, and asking him not to do anything against his half brothers, there is dissension among them. Humayun thwarts an early attempt by his brothers to grab the throne, but spares their lives and sends them away to rule far away regions.

Despite early successes, Humayun fails to hold
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 04, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing
To have your dearest wish fulfilled isn't always easy.

The second in the series of ‘Empire of the Moghul’, Babur’s hand picked successor to his new kingdom in Hindustan, the great Humayun. His reign appears as a mere footnote in the history of the great Moghuls as he was seen as he actually lost it all to the Pathan Sher Shah Suri. The book depicts him as a self conscious, unsure and dreamy young king who seeks isolation and gazes at the stars for inspiration. The pace is fantastic as we follow H
Masen Production
“Sequel to - Raiders from North. The story of Humayun. Its a brilliant rendition of Humayun, thou the author has hidden the true character to build a strong protagonist. In real life like Babur, Humayun too indulged in the excess of Opium and thanks to it had come out with weird dictat to his Viziers where one had to wear certain colours on certain weekdays. Also thanks to his star gazing and heavy opium he made each day of the week into a theme day (for example on Monday - Justice, Tuesday - Fi ...more
Rakendra Thapa
Nov 27, 2016 Rakendra Thapa rated it really liked it
Second in "Empire of the Moghul" series by Alex Rutherford.
My experience 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. This same skepticism, perhaps that I bought this book much later, after finishing the first one.
But I must admit that this book changed my perspective. The story is captivating and keeps one hooked on until the end. Alex Rutherford way of wea
Ankit Hawk
Brothers at war is the second book in the series “Empire of the Moghul.” The first book “Raiders from the north” ended with Babur’s death and Humayun takeover. It was early touchdown for Moghul Empire and Humayun’s reign. The Babur had just conquered Northern India and establishing his authority, when he died of illness and just during his sickness he announced Humayun as his heir. The fact that Humayun was chosen so late, rumor spread that maybe he was not Babur’s natural heir, soon motivated h ...more
Hari Shanker
Jul 20, 2012 Hari Shanker rated it really liked it

Humayun lacks the charisma of Babur. Babur had given 'Hindustan' on a golden platter to his favourite son Humayun. But the dreaming star gazer and opium addict does not waste much time in loosing his inheritance. He seems to be too soft hearted to be a ruler. On the battlefield he is second only to Babur and their fate seems to be intertwined. Like his father his gains are short lived but he does not seem to have the ' never say die ' attitude. He does make a comeback but it is more luck than d
Simran Khurana
May 10, 2013 Simran Khurana rated it really liked it
Action, drama, heroism, deceit, loyalty, valor, honor, love, sex, betrayal,... this book is a complete potboiler for a movie. Alex Rutherford took the centuries old story, pickled it in a jar, and produced the finest work of adventure. The content is racy, contemporary, and honest. The characters are fleshed out to fine detail. The story looks at the macro view (namely the rule of the Mughals) and the micro view (the finer details like how Humayun suffered during his exile, his love for opium, e ...more
Radhika Taneja
May 20, 2014 Radhika Taneja rated it liked it
I give this book 3 stars keeping in mind the good and bad points of the book. Brothers at war was quite fascinating, however disappointed me quite a lot- not because the author's writing was not satisfying but because I expected a lot out of a "great" emperor. I think Rutherford tried his best to cope up with the characters and sequence of events but ,sorry to say, now the impact of this book is such on me that I feel that Humayun was portrayed as nothing but a weakling who inherited his father' ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
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Jan 18, 2016 David added it
This series of books tell about the Mongal invasion and conquering of a great deal of India in the 1400's and 1500's and their rule. This is a very interesting phase of India's history during a time of unbelievable wealth and grandure! The Mogul Rulers were direct descendants from Gengis Khan and Timur, a fact that is often lost to most. The writer takes you into battle alongside these Mogul rulers as they seize, lose and regain the throne of India. Yes it is fictional, but the campaigns and peo ...more
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Alex Rutherford is the pen name of Diana Preston and her husband Michael. Both studied at Oxford University reading History and English respectively. They are keen travellers and have now clocked up visits to over 140 of the world's countries.

Says Diana 'our greatest love is India where we've spent at least a year of our lives. Our research into the building of the Taj Mahal for our non-fiction bo
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