The Peshwa: War of the Deceivers by Ram Sivasankaran

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

About this book:

Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.

The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day. 

Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.

My Review:

The Peshwa: War of the Deceivers is the second book in the Peshwa series and just as intriguing as the first one. If you were among those who loved the first book and bought the second book out of curiosity, then you will be glad to read it. Because this book is just as exciting as the first one.

The book is set seven years after the first book and in this, Peshwa Bajirao lays a trap for the Mughals while his nemesis Nizam Ul Mulk is planning revenge on the Peshwa. In these seven years, Peshwa has grown stronger and has expanded the Maratha borders. He has time and again proved himself in battles and he is dear to his soldiers as well. His strategies are clever and I loved the way his character is portrayed in the book.

This book, along with showing the might of the Peshwa also shows the love story of the Princess of Bundelkhand. Peshwa married a Muslim girl back in those times when it was thought as taboo, him being a Brahmin. Yet, their love story is written quite nicely. The book is a fantastic piece of literature and has different parallel storylines running along, but all held together by the main thread that is the Peshwa.

Since Peshwa Bajirao is a popular figure in Indian history, I have always been interested in knowing more about him and the author delivers on that promise. The narration of the book keeps it from being boring like a historical novel and considering that there are plot twists and enthralling turns in different chapters, I remained glued to the pages while reading it.

It is a big book and so it took a little time to finish it but after I did finish, I tried finding out when the next book by this author would be out.

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