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Two dead bodies are found in the sanctum of the most sacred temple in the Empire, with no marks of violence on them. A king raises his daughter as a son, dresses her as one, gives her a male name and sits her on his throne as King. She is Emperor Rudradeva. When she orders an investigation, it reveals a plot to kill her.  The investigation unveils a chain of events where f ...more
Kindle Edition, 495 pages
Published August 8th 2017
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Pratyusha Govindaraju
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fast-paced historical fantasy thriller. I loved King Rudramadeva's character and the many surprising and unexpected twists in the plot. Must read for those who love history, myth and some old fashioned magic! ...more
Dhanalakshmi Ayyer
The Sword with the Ruby Hilt by Mrudula Govindaraju is an impressive debut.

Set almost a millennium ago, here fiction melds into history, where the narrative could be possible, even may be probable. Conspiracy, revelations, mystery, murder, sorcery you name it this book has it all. Regal grandeur, visceral enmity, committed loyalty, principled responsibility, adverse Providence all add grist to the mill in a smooth conjunction that is unhindered by any detritus.

Fast paced, exciting, detailed, a
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preeti
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that is racy and a story so intriguing that the paced out descriptions only add to its lifelike storytelling. A beautiful blend of historical fiction and popular culture and belief systems. The recreation of places, people, their food, apparell and beliefs teleports the reader to the era suggested. The rivalry between the Virashaivas, the Shakts and the Jains has been engaged in a very intelligent yet sesitive way to build up the narrative. Mrudula is a gifted storyteller who knows how to ...more
Sowmya Natarajan
Her debut novel was well-researched and well thought out. The level of details that is etched in the storytelling brings the entire scene to life. Language was simple and the narrative kept me engaged.
I look forward to volume 2 soon!
Rakhi Jayashankar
The movie Rudramadevi is the first account on the life of the princess who was brought up as king Rudradeva by her father and being crowned as the King. Mrudula Govindaraju has come up with the literary fictional adaptation of the Princess's life for the readers.

The plot begins with the death of Nagesa Bhatta, the chief priest of the Swayambhukesava Temple and his disciple Govinda. Rudradeva, the ruler of the Kakatiya Empire orders an investigation in to the deaths which unveils a devious plan t
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Mrudula Govindaraju is a copy-editor by training and has worked in the publishing industry for more than ten years. She has an MA in English Literature, and has edited and designed school textbooks for primary school children. 

Mrudula's forte is Indian historical fantasy, Indian historical fiction, Indian folktales and myths, especially stories rooted in Andhra Pradesh, in South India.

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