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The Nizam's Daughters (Matthew Hervey #2)

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India, 1816

Fresh from the field of Waterloo, Matthew Hervey is dispatched on a mission of the utmost secrecy.

Leaving behind his fiancée, Lady Henrietta Lindsey, he must journey across tempestuous seas to India, an alien, exotic and beguiling land that will test his mettle to the very limit.

For the princely state of Chintal is threatened both by intrigue from within and mil
Published March 1st 2001 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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Historical Military Adventure
70th out of 188 books — 128 voters
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May 31, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
This is one of a series about Matthew Hervey, a British Cavalry Officer in the post-Waterloo era. (You need to start with A Close Run Thing.)

Allan Mallinson is a retired senior cavalry officer, and he clearly knows a lot about horses. (Mind you, given that I know SFA about the subject I am easily impressed.) At times the horsy details become a bit much for me, but your mileage may differ.

This particular book is mainly set in India, and there's quite a lot of intrigue and some exciting battle sce
Sep 02, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
I have really come to love novels about Napoleonic Era British soldiers and sailors. Horatio Hornblower, Richard Sharpe, and Jack Aubrey have all pleasantly gobbled up hours of my reading time.Allan Mallinson's Matthew Hervey has now made his way into that list. A Close Run Thing introduces readers to Matthew Hervey in the months prior to and during the battle of Waterloo. His adventure continues in The Nizam's Daughters (Also entitled Honorable Company in some versions).

This book takes Hervey t
Jan 26, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read. I finished #1 and #2 in the series. The hero, Mathew Hervey, is not Richard Sharpe although he seems to be following in the steps of Sharpe. This story seems more in tune with "The Lotus and the Wind" by John Masters than Bernard Cornwell. Hervey differs from Sharpe in matters of ruthlessness and origin. A reader could not go wrong by interweaving the reading of books by Masters, Mailinson, and Cornwell. I believe that Masters and Cornwell accurately present the facts. Mailins ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Brian rated it it was ok
A Man And His Horse might be a better title for this diffucult-to-follow tale. Waaay too many subplots render The Nizam's Daughter tedious reading at best until about the 3/4 pole. It's not until the next to last page that Mallinson tells us who the villain (He has to tell because no one could possibly figure it out.) is.

A Close Run Thing was an enjoyable read so hopefully this was just a sophomore slump. If the next installment is anything like this l'm going to have to give up on Matthew Herv
Nov 10, 2008 Johnny rated it really liked it
Originally published in hardbound as Honourable Company, this novel is now known by the nickname given to the formidable cannonry of the enemy in this novel. Continuing the adventures of a British cavalry officer as the Napoleonic Era comes to a close, this series does not depict the "typical" military protagonist of this or any other era.

The average military hero is a confident, capable male who is so irresistible to women that he beds them almost more as a personal favor than to fulfill his ow
Jan 23, 2011 jallioop added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Gave up on this one, didn't finish. First in the series was so-so, but I wanted to try one more before making a decision on the series. This book had many Indian terms and would have benefitted from a dictionary at the back. Most of the time I had trouble figuring out what Hervey or the other characters were talking about. I also grew annoyed at the explanations of Indian history and geography, which the author had various characters provide, but which seemed more like he was just providing ever ...more
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Jun 18, 2011 TheIron Paw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-fiction
A top notch historical novel. The military aspects of this novel are a worthwhile read, however it is the image of pre-Raj India that is the most valuable aspect of this novel. Mallinson has gone to great pains to portray India as seen through British eyes at the time (we so often misunderstand historical events because we view them from the perspective of our times). This historical perspective of India is provide within an excellent story of political intrigue, heroic adventures, a touch of ...more
Peter Burton
Mar 23, 2015 Peter Burton rated it really liked it
Engaging story.Well written,plausible,touching,at times not easy to follow with unexplained Indian/ cavalry terms but it all comes together at the end.It made me keen to pursue the real history of colonial India.
Birgitta Hoffmann
Feb 23, 2013 Birgitta Hoffmann rated it it was ok
I think I will not return to this series. I was originally attracted to it, as it is written by a retired cavalry officer and I was looking into some informal insights on cavalry 'thinking'.
Unfortunately, while his account of Waterloo was OK, this volume set in India really showed up the weaknesses of Allan Mallinson's craft, or perhaps, I had just read too many of the books, he cites as his sources of information. Thus, over long passages, while desperately waiting for a development in the nar
Billy Morris
Apr 18, 2012 Billy Morris rated it liked it
I always have a problem with this book. While the setting and action are among the best Mallinson has done in the series I always find this book a little alienating. It took me awhile to figure it out but his books suffer when Mallinson separates his protagonist from the Sixth Light Dragoons. I always appreciate the care and attention that Mallinson gives to being in a Napoleonic cavalry regiment, which is almost completely lacking in this book. Yet as I said it contains some of the best action ...more
Dec 05, 2010 Sridhar rated it liked it
Loved the description of the parts of Andhra Pradesh & Tamilnadu as they existed during the colinial times. Also it is interesting to learn the impressions the Colonila rulers had about the various parts of the country (India) and people from the various parts of the country. Loved the style of writing and description of the battle scenes. All in all thoroughly enjoyed listening(Audio book).
Aug 20, 2015 Lynda rated it liked it
A good read. Nice view of the time and place. Wasn't hooked enough to read others in the series, though.
Oct 26, 2012 Moira rated it it was ok
One of the few land-based (i.e., not naval) series in the Napoleonic era, other than Cornwell's Sharpe. The lead character is a bit of drip and there is a little too much archaic language to make it sound supposedly like the period, but worth a read.
Jerry Haigh
Feb 11, 2012 Jerry Haigh rated it it was amazing
All of the Mathew Hervey adventures are gripping stories - as good a series of reads as the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin seafaring adventures. Great for lovers of horses. I have read, and re-read, the lot.
Sep 02, 2012 Tony rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
He's getting better. I am glad that I gave him another ho.
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Dec 28, 2014 Frank Scala rated it it was amazing
war with the lance in india
Aug 09, 2010 Alan rated it liked it
Not bad.
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Brigadier Allan Lawrence Mallinson is an English author and was an officer in the British Army.

Mallinson is best known for writing a series of novels chronicling the (fictional) life of Matthew Hervey, an officer serving in the (fictional) British 6th Light Dragoons from the late Napoleonic Wars through subsequent colonial conflicts in India, North America and south Africa.
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Other Books in the Series

Matthew Hervey (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Close Run Thing (Matthew Hervey, #1)
  • A Regimental Affair (Matthew Hervey, #3)
  • A Call to Arms
  • The Sabre's Edge (Matthew Hervey, #5)
  • Rumours of War (Matthew Hervey, #6)
  • An Act of Courage (Matthew Hervey, #7)
  • Company of Spears (Matthew Hervey, #8)
  • Man of War (Matthew Hervey, #9)
  • Warrior (Matthew Hervey, #10)
  • On His Majesty's Service

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