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Jahanara by Kathryn Lasky
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Apr 26, 09

bookshelves: childrens-books, historical-fiction, biography-memoir, book-series, royalty
Read in January, 2009

Steeped in period detail and related with immediacy by an intelligent, sensitive, 14-year-old princess, this entry in the Royal Diaries series transports readers to seventeenth-century India during the Moghul Dynasty.

Jahanara, favorite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and the most beloved of his four wives, writes about family jealousies, court intrigues, and war strategies, as well as the extravagant lifestyle of her royal family, who live in a setting where wall murals of flowers crafted in gemstones glitter by lamplight as though in bloom. The story begins when they are prisoners under an evil woman, Nur Mahal, who has Jahanara's two brothers separated from them. Then Jahanara's father tricks everybody and regains the throne and Jahanara's family is free.

However the curse of Nur Mahal, and her constant plotting is never far. However Jahanara soon realized that not all things would be the same again. Her brother Aurangzeb has been tranfered into a power-hungry radical Muslim boy and hates anything not Muslim, even poisoning their father's third wife who was Hindu. Jahanara begins to realize that Aurangzeb might do anything to become emperor, evening killing his two older brothers. Readers encounter historical figures, such as Empress Mumtaz Mahal, for whom the Taj Mahal was built, as well as fictional characters introduced to explore the practices of the times.

Book Details:

Title Jahanara: Princess of Princesses, India, 1627 (The Royal Diaries)
Author Kathryn Lasky
Reviewed By Purplycookie

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