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Ruler of the World

(Empire of the Moghul #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,833 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Alex Rutherford's internationally bestselling series continues with the story of the third great Moghul emperor, Akbar, leader of a triumphant dynasty that contained the seeds of its own destruction.

Akbar, ruler of a sixth of the world's people, colossally rich and utterly ruthless, was a contemporary of Elizabeth I, but infinitely more powerful. He extended his empire ove
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I love history, and I appreciate the fact that Mr. Rutherford has written this page in history like a very exciting book. I will applaud his writing style, his pace and the ability to keep the reader hooked.

Maybe as an Indian, I will tend to be a little harsh with my criticism here. Mr Rutherford has taken some liberties with this book as he mentions in the appendix, and his entire book seems to be based off majorly 2 big resources, both written by Akbar's chroniclers. However his assumptions re
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
This is the third of the Empire of the Moghul series written by a husband and wife team, writing as Alex Rutherford, and so focuses on the reign of the third Emperor, the Great Mughal, Akbar. Akbar was the first of the Mughals to be born in India, and like his grandfather Babur, the founder of the Empire, was placed on the throne at only thirteen, and has to learn to take charge very early in life, though he has with him as regent, his Khan-e-Khana, the very able Bairam Khan. Eager to take absol ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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The third in Alex Rutherford's 'Empire of the Moghul', and the one that focuses on the greatest Mughal of them all - Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar. The first Mughal to be born in Hindustan (technically Pakistan now) and crowned emperor at the age of 13 on the death of his father Humayun.
His early years were lived in the shadow of his trusted advisor Bairam Khan, who as time went on, Akbar began to resent.
This was probably the first of Akbar's failed close relationships - a theme that comes out i
Nira Ramachandran
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading ‘Raiders from the North’ (the story of Babur) and ‘The Tainted Throne’ (Jahangir’s tale), I finally got down to ‘Ruler of the World’, the story of Akbar, the greatest of the Moghuls, expecting pomp, show, grandeur and a man blessed by the Gods with everything the heart desires, and more. What I got, however, was the story of a ruler, great warrior, strategist and empire builder, but a man, who was lonely, unloved, betrayed by those closest to him, and who went through life, fearing ...more
Kishan R
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sohrab Noor
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
not as great as the first two but still fantastic. sometimes the dramatic fight sequences are too filmy.. author could have kept it more real.. anyway great book overall
Arun Divakar
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Between the rise and fall of an empire, there are monster waves of turbulent times and idyllic periods of prosperity and general well being. During the turbulent times, the men or women who lead the nation are either venerated as heroes or despised as tyrants. On the other hand, the ruler of a nation at a period of prosperity is always seen as wise, just and upon reflection is suffused with a superhuman aura. For the Mughal dynasty, such a place of honor was reserved for Emperor Akbar. Not many ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History has taught us that it easier to conquer new lands than to keep them.
This is the third book in the Empire of the Moghul series whose progenater is Akbar the Great. Together with Ashoka he is the second ruler to given the accolade of greatness. As a Muslim, his achievements of conquest, leadership, architecture, laws, and developed have been unsurpassed and miles ahead of any contemporary. The book does great justice to his character. It portrays a dyslexic Akbar who is keen to complete hi
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
well, its not Jodhaakbar, not sure if this is a bad thing or a good thing!

Because the book misses the mark of taking us into the heart of the real character of Akbar - , this author doesn't even mention the real name - Akbar is the kingly name..not his given name, Jalaluddin, as any schoolchild can tell you..or a simple google search.

But mostly its historically accurate - well as far as school level Indian history goes..and there are some insights into the reason for what Akbar is most lauded fo
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This, the 3rd book in a 4 book series read like a stand alone which I appreciate as I hadn't read the others. I won this ARC from Goodreads. I love historical fiction and I loved this book. The authors did a tremendous amount of research and traveling to make this time period (1500's) come alive. This is the story of Akbar, ruler of the Moghul Empire in the Indian subcontinent. We learn how he comes to rule and expand the empire and his governing practices. Akbar was ruler who believed in religi ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Unlike the previous two installments of the "Empire of the Moghul" Series, this one fails to impress. While the major events of Akbar's life are covered - the regency of Bhairam Khan, the murder of Adam Khan, the campaigns -Chittorgarh, Gujarat, Bengal and Kashmir, Abul Fazl's chronicling and his eventual murder by Salim, the Din-illahi proclamation, Anarkali's doomed life and of course Salim's revolt; the narration is too bland to arrest one's attention and at times becomes tedious too. Will ne ...more
Vaarun Dhingra
A good book, felt a bit cheated though since halfway through the author shifts from the Akbar story and continues with his son salim. The first two books were brilliant and showed us the lives of babur and humayun, I was wondering how the author was going to do justice to the 6 moghul rulers in 5 books and this is how he does it. Cuts down the greatest moghul ruler's story, to build it up for his next book in the series. Nevertheless a good read waiting for the next one in the series.
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
A slight disappoinment after the first two books. No mention of Birbal & Tansen. The first half was from Akbar's point of view & suddenly it changes track and changes to Salim's view of Akbar the Great. Too much justification of Mughal dominion (?unwittingly) and too little about the 'brave Rajputs. Nevertheless a good read.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Good to know of the history. However, this book does not showcase the mindset of Akbar (who is the main character here). Half way though, this book switches focus on his son, Salim. And everything that Akbar does after half the part never has meaning. If this book is based on Akbarnama, why is it following Jahagir after the half part? No idea. But you can enjoy reading it.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The opulence and magnanimity of Akbar's reign is the leitmotif of this book. The pace is slow relative to the previous works of the author and hugely revolves around akbar and salim relationship. It could have been more interesting if akbar had got the more detailed part in the novel.
Pratik Burman
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you have rosy pictures about Akbar the great... and how was a great human being... You need to read this... I am going to read few more books on Akbar because I believe that there is lot more that to that story...

Awesome book.... Alex is a gifted writer...
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
None of the charisma that the first 2 books generated is present here. The narrative is very speedy and does not engage the reader at all. The author has packed the stories of Akbar and Jahangir together and has done justice to neither.
Shawkat Kamal
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Well written. However, story is 60% on the life of Salim [Akbar's son and future emperor Jahangir]. No mention of Birbal, Tansen and others. Akbar's life after 30 was hardly covered in detail.
Sameer Roopawalla
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you want to know what really happened. This is where you start.
Chaitanya Somalwar
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

Ruler of the World' , which forms the third instalment in ' Empire of the moghuls series', deals with the life of one of the greatest kings to walk this earth- Akbar.
The fact that the book features the life of Akbar, itself, makes it arguably the grandest book in the series.

The book begins chronicling Akbar's tale just a few weeks after his coronation, in light of Emperor Humayun's untimely death. Akbar, though still a teen, makes up in his might and his
Bobby D
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Rutherford (the Preston’s) fictional series Empire of the Moghul (now 6 books long). The story is based on Akbar (1542-1605) the third Moghul emperor and his son Salim who grew impatient and rebelled against his father. The book is a worthy sequel to the first two books which I enjoyed a great deal. This book, although quite good, was a bit slower and tough going as its first part is mainly Akbar and his various military campaigns (all bloody and victories) which ki ...more
Sabrina Seheri
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
A great history told in such boring manner! Almost all characters seemed flat, none was distinct from the other. Although this book was suppose to be focus of the reign of the Emperor Akbar halfway it lost it focus from Akbar to his eldest son Salim.

There is many errors in this book.
Even though Rukiyah Sultan Begum was Akbar's first wife and his chief Empress, there was no mention of her until salim's son Khurram was adopted by her, she appeared in this book out of blue as one of Akbars wives.
Maitri Das
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alex Rutherford's Ruler of the World, is quite dramatic and keeps the reader interested through the various chapters.
The book has put a great light of Akbar's victories and losses he faced in his personal life. The book keeps you addicted to the events that are going to occur. Hats off to Alex Rutherford for keeping readers wanting more of her novels in this series.
There are certain chapters in which she has perceived the alternate view of some events in Akbar's life for example the rel
Shrikanth Venne
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book in the set of Empire of mogul was most awaited book for me. As wanted to read about Akbar. He is the only person who expanded his Empire and rieng was the longest. Author has scripted this book beautifully as author has kept the life of Akbar short and explained in details which at unknown. We all know about the 9 jewels in Akbar court which has been ignored in this book. author thinks which is not required. This book is divided in two parts first Akbar's life before Salim will known a ...more
Shihab Azhar
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I appreciate that these books are historical fiction, but I would not have expected that this, the third, should dwell equally on Akbar and Jahangir. After all, Akbar was know as Akbar the Great, but little of his greatness transcends the text. Yes, he was a great commander, and, in one perhaps fictional part, depicted as very strong. But if intrigue was what the authors wanted, there should have been plenty of fertile ground that was otherwise omitted. Particularly Akbar's religious experimenta ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
we all have a mental picture of Akbar in our minds as one of the greatest rulers India had. This book shatters some part of it. Thrown into war at a young age, desire to maintain a legacy given by forefathers and betrayal at the hands of most trusted ones made him an aloof person, who is unable to connect with his family n sons. Unable to pass on responsibilty to Salim as it also seems to reflect on sharing his power n control over all. He unknowingly promotes rivalry between Salim n his son. An ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book years ago but left it midway because there were just too many descriptions of war. But I’m so glad to have picked it up again. This is less of akbar’s story and more of salim’s... and I was glad to see a portrayal of an emperor we know little about other than his love for art and intoxication. This brought him struggles alive and told Akbar’s tale from his unhappy son’s POV- very refreshing. I still had to skip over a lot of war/battle details but he couldn’t have wri ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not liked this book much. The book should focus more on Akbar rather than his son Salim. It also had no mention for Ruqiya Sultan except just one line. She should also have been a focal point of his life as she played an important part in his harem. Also the book depicted his cold behavior towards his first Hindu wife Jodha, but its completely wrong. Initially they had their differences but she soon excepted him as his husband. Also little is mentioned about his victory. The story could ha ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took Abul Fazl 4000 pages to write his version of Akburnama. The author here has tried to fit it in 1/10th of it. Some important pages of history have been skipped, like the clash with Mewar region or his awe for the marathas but otherwise this is a good depiction of the great King.
This is an unbiased tale of the moghul family where the strength and weakness of every character has been explored.
Karunakaran N.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ruler of the World (Empire of the Moghul, #3) by Alex Rutherford... The third in the series, the historical facts are very true but the portrayal of the characters in light of the events does not impress the reader. The earlier two in the series is laudable than this, might be due to the expectations on the great Moghul Emperor Akbar and his conquests as read or heard elsewhere. Also Salim had overshadowed Akbar in the descriptions. Still a great read.
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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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