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'Deftly recreates the world of the Gupta Empire ... widely regarded as the golden period of classical India' - Sanjeev Sanyal 461 CE.
Skanda Gupta, the grandson of the great emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya, is at the helm of the still-mighty Gupta Empire. Brave, noble and a living legend, the emperor is fighting hard to save his legacy from wave after wave of invasion,
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Published April 25th 2019 by HarperCollins India
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Shalu Thakur Dhillon
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE POISONED HEART is a historical fiction that goes back to King Skandagupta era of Gupta Dynasty. His time as a ruler was full of political turmoils as he was elected as king by Tatparigrihita i.e. chosen by his father because of the qualities he possessed, hence was hated by his brothers, especially the eldest one, Purugupta, who thought that he was denied his due. Thus Skandagupta was targeted again and again.Not only he had to suppress the attacks of HUN raiders but he had to fight another ...more
Thushara (Triobookdragons)
This is the second book in The Gupta Empire Trilogy. TBH, I haven't read the first one and I was skeptical whether I would understand or get spoiled for the first book. But no worries, this book is sort of a companion novel to the first one as there is a four and a half decade gap between these stories.

The title did confuse me because I thought maybe this book was heavily centred on romance. But I was so wrong! Skanta Gupta, our protagonist is well developed as well as his love interest
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Ruchi Patel
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
It’s the second book in The Gupta Empire trilogy. It is sequel to The King Within. The book is of historical fiction genre. As I tried to read second part directly, it took me a time to enter in the story but it was worth reading for. It’s difficult to cover the blurb as so many aspects of the story are important. The story revolves around the main characters Skanda Gupta and Rohini. There are other few characters but my favourite character is Rohini in this part. Rohini is an enigmatic half- ...more
Dipali Gupta
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love and Hate story which make this book an awesome read.

As this is second book in The Gupta Empire Trilogy and I confess that I have not read first part The King within, but at no point of time i feel like that.

This is first time history fascinate me and it because of @Nandinisengupta.Her writing style and in depth thinking and research makes it a very easy and enthralling read.very few writer has some special quality which bound the reader to read it in one go.

This story is so intriguing and
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Honey & Anjali
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was skeptical about going into this book as I thought that the characters would be complete strangers to me and the world, unfamiliar because this is the second book in the trilogy, The gupta empire and I haven't read the first one. But I couldn't have been more wrong because even though it's a successor of a book that I wasn't familiar with, it felt like a standalone book with characters that had their own individuality and were thouroghly well developed so much so that at points this ...more
Katherine
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The poisoned heart is the second book in The gupta Empire trilogy that follows Skanda Gupta who was the residing king in this book. The story begins with Skanda trying figure out a way to provide for his kingdom. Due the constant attack from the Hun dynasty, the financial condition was de and it was in turn affecting other circumstances. A kingdom where conspiracies were part of everyday activity and the conspirators were his blood. Skand was way deep in danger and among all the chaos, Rohini a ...more
Trishita Das
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story of the book-
This is all there is to my life. This dull familiarity of the here and now, as stripped of the promise of tomorrow as the dreams of yesterday. Why can this not disappear when I wake up? So I can start all over again?

This book was based on the time of 461 CE where Skandagupta, the son of Kumaragupta and the grandson of Chandragupta was the emperor. The story started with the meeting where everyone was suggesting to increase taxes so that the kingdom could have enough money for
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Radhika Gupta
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am always intrigued by historical fiction. It’s a cherry on the cake if it’s about the Gupta Dynasty. This book is the second book in the Gupta Empire Series by Nandini Sengupta.

The book is enthralling on its own as a stand-alone book. This part is based on Skandagupta reign almost after skipping Kumar Gupta rule. This is a story of power, or satta in Hindi ( it sounds so cool). The love and hatred in brothers for that throne and the test for the more deserving one of it.

The characterization
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Abhishek Putran
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book :- The poisoned heart

Author :- Nandini Sengupta

Publisher :- HarperCollins India

My ratings :- /5

Blurb :-

'Deftly recreates the world of the Gupta Empire ... widely regarded as the golden period of classical India' - Sanjeev Sanyal 461 CE. Skanda Gupta, the grandson of the great emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya, is at the helm of the still-mighty Gupta Empire. Brave, noble and a living legend, the emperor is fighting hard to save his legacy from wave after wave of invasion, intrigue and
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Ajayshankar11
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When description read this is second book in the Gupta Empire Trilogy was worried whether I will be able to follow the story but my worry disappeared after reading foreword.
After the death of king Kumaragupta, there was power struggle between his sons, Puru and Skandagupta. Elder brother Puru belives he is the rightful heir to the throne but Skandagupta claims thrown. Both Puru, enemies of nation (Huns) are trying to topple the kingdom.
This story is about one such attempt to assassinate
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Archita Mishra Soni
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poisoned Heart by Nandini Sengupta is a historical fiction book. This is the second book in the Gupta Empire Trilogy Series. I am a fan of series. Although this is not the first book in the series, you can still read it because there are characters from the book 1 but the protagonists in this book are completely different.

The story is about Skanda who is the grandson of the great Chandragupta Vikramaditya. The empire loses its gleam and witnesses a fight for the throne. Everyone plays their
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reader from a star
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The poisoned heart, will love heal it?
What's up readers
Today the book which we are going to talk about is the story of Skanda. No no no not the son of lord shiva but about the grandson of emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya, skanda gupta.
Barve, nobel and a living legend (the blurb says so)
When Bibek Debroy said that "The King within" book is wonderfully crafted and takes us back in time.
I thought of reading the second book.
So yes the book is a worthy read. And the first history fiction of this
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Janci Rani
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
SkandaGupta, the successor of Kumaragupta and the grandson of Chandragupta rules the Gupta Empire. And as every kingdoms possess, Skandagupta's half brothers Purugupta and Ghatotkacha Gupta were continuously plotting to ditch the king and conquer the empire. Meanwhile, Skandagupta comes across Rohini, a half Hun, who were a threat to the empire. But Rohini remains a mystery and whenever Skanda tries to unveil the mystery, Rohini immerses him in her love bit by bit.

What's the conspiracy behind
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Vaishnavi _ Books
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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ANMOL JAUHER
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book in Gupta Empire trilogy, I straightaway read the second book and had no trouble in comprehending the storyline or the characters whatsoever, since there's no major connection between the two books which would make reading the second one not worth it.

History has always fascinated me & this book being a historic fiction was indeed a great choice. This book also reminded me of those historic TV series like the one depicting the story of Jodha Akbar.

Back to the book, the cover
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Shashank Pandey
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is of a genre which has been very famous for the last few years- it is of the Historical Fiction genre. Historical Fiction is the genre in which authors create a fictional story including facts from history, which are true, in the story. This book is also a Historical Fiction novel with a mixture of fact and fiction in its story.

The 2nd book is even more exhilarating than the 1st book- it strictly does not imply that the 1st book was not good, in fact, it was quite thrilling. The
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Falakjoshipura
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Book Name - The Poisoned Heart
Author Name - Nandini Sengupta
Published by - HarperCollins India
Genre - Historical fiction

Book review - This book is the second part of "The Gupta Trilogy" but the fascinating fact about this book which I loved the most is that you need not read the first part to understand the second one. It seems as if you are reading a whole new story out of the historical era of the Gupta Empire

Storyline - Gupta Empire was one of the most happening reigns in Indian history.
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Apurva
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The poisoned heart by Nandini Sengupta
This is the second book in the Gupta Empire trilogy. But you do not necessarily have to read the first part to understand this book. Even though some characters are retained from the forst book, the protagonists are different.
The plot revolves around Skanda, the grandson of Chandragupta Vikramaditya and the emperor of the once mighty Gupta empire. The empire is slowly losing its sheen due to recurrent insurgency and infighting. Skanda's elder half brother
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Richa
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Power is not a legacy but a poison.

This book "The Poisoned heart" - a historical fiction proves the above said statement.
This is the second book in "Gupta Trilogy". But, you can read it as a standalone.
This book talks about the Gupta empire when Skandgupta was ruling on Patliputra. His brother Purugupta considered himself as the heir of the throne because he was first-born. But, Skandgupta proved himself to be the king by fighting with the enemies of Patliputra.
But, ruling this empire was not
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Maria
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skanda the grandson of the great emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya. He is the king of the mighty Gupta Empire. The Empire is at a very critical stage with no finance and Huns are back to win the lost war once again. To top it all some close relatives are planning his assassin and then there is a Half Hun runaway in the court. Who is this Rohini? Is she a spy or an assassin or she has her own secret agenda?
How will Skanda save his empire? And on what cost? Is this throne will demand sacrifice of
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Samira Baber
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title : The Poisoned Heart

Author : Nandini Sengupta

Genre : Historical Fiction


Review :

The Poisoned heart is story of love, hate, assasination, lust, competition & power by Nandini Sengupta a historical fiction, is a sequel of The king Within.

Although poisoned heart is second book of Gupta triology, you won't feel left out even if you pick this one directly.

The writing style and narration is commendable with good vocabulary though it will took sometime to get the plot of book, at times I got
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THE POISONED HEART
BY- NANDINI SENGUPTA

BLURB
Deftly recreates the world of the Gupta Empire ... widely regarded as the golden period of classical India' - Sanjeev Sanyal 461 CE. Skanda Gupta, the grandson of the great emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya, is at the helm of the still-mighty Gupta Empire. Brave, noble and a living legend, the emperor is fighting hard to save his legacy from wave after wave of invasion, intrigue and insurrection. The borders are restive; the palace is swirling with
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Priyambada Das
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such an enthralling novel ! Inspite of being a sequel it felt like a standalone book. A brief description of the dynasty is given in the beginning which makes it easier to grasp the story with such a lot of characters mentioned here and there. The protagonist, Skandagupta was a well-deserved emperor. Being the second born to his father and still being declared as the crown Prince and then the Emperor of his land, made his elder brother, the first born, Purugupta jealous and offended to ...more
Riya Bhatia
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title - The poisoned heart
Author - Nandini Sengupta
@sengupta_nandini
Publisher - @harpercollinsin
Rating - /5
Review -
Firstly i would tell you that it's the second book of the Gupta empire triology and inspite of not reading the first part , the story went all smooth with me .
So you don't necessarily have to read the prequel to understand this one as both the books have different protagonists .
Its the story of skanda Gupta who gets the throne even when he is not the elder sibling .His brother Puru
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Aditya Agrawal
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The poisoned heart is the second book in The gupta Empire trilogy that follows Skanda Gupta who was the residing king in this book. The story begins with Skanda trying figure out a way to provide for his kingdom. Due the constant attack from the Hun dynasty, the financial condition was de and it was in turn affecting other circumstances. A kingdom where conspiracies were part of everyday activity and the conspirators were his blood. Skand was way deep in danger and among all the chaos, Rohini a ...more
Folded Tales
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I admit that I haven't read the first part of the trilogy, but it doesn't matter cause it looks like standalone.
I would definitely appreciate the writing and research skills of the author. This is wonderfully written and all the characters are explained in dept. Not at one point in time, I felt of looking away from the book. It took me about 3 days to read the book but the same can be done in less time as well.

The plot revolves around Skanda, the grandson of Chandragupta Vikramaditya and the
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something whatever
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE POISONED HEART
-By NANDINI SENGUPTA

The second book in the Gupta Empire Trilogy, Poisoned Heart is a saga of tragic love, treachery and hard-won battles in the inner reaches of a once-mighty empire.
This Story is a historical fiction back in the era of King Skanda Gupta And Rohini. The politics And the tension is shown intense in the story.
Skanda Gupta is the grandson of the great emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya , Brave, Noble and a living legend , The emperor is fighting hard to save his
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Sneha
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book name : ' The poisoned Heart "
Author : Nandini sengupta
Publisher : Harper Collins

My Take :
This book " The Poisoned Heart " by Nandini sengupta is set in Gupta Empire. And it covers largely life of Skandgupta. We have heard so many tales of his life. And this book narrated it so well. The various conspiracy from his brothers and hun tribes is well portrayed in this book.
I really loved the narration style of the book which is so interesting, that it will not let you put the book till end. The
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Sid Sharma
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
'The Poisoned Heart' by Nandini Sengupta is a book that you can't miss out.
I won't talk about the story much in my review, but all I can say is it has love, lust, power, greed, avarice, chivalry, fight, courage, hatred, and a lot more in the story of Empire.
The character of Skanda Gupta is knitted beautifully. Just loved the characterization done by the author. Skanda deserves the position in the novel because of his traits. And how he is always taking steps for the betterment of Empire is just
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Sangeeta Paik
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mythology and historical fiction always fascinate me.

The Poisoned heart by Nandini Sengupta is a historical fiction. This is the sequel of The king Within . The Poisoned heart is a sage of tragic love, hate , lust and power.
The story is about Gupta Dynasty.


I have read about Gupta Dynasty in my graduation days . Mostly i have been gone through about the great emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya .

The story discusses about Skanda gupta ,the grandson of Chandragupta Vikramaditya and his Poisoned
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Nandini Sengupta is a Pondicherry-based writer and journalist. After a chance trip to the Ajanta and Ellora caves in 2007, she began researching third and fourth-century India which quickly deepened into an obsession with India's glorious past. She now lives in Pondicherry's quaint French quarter with her little daughter, Kiki. Her first book of fiction, The King Within, was published by ...more