"Sundaresan has a scholar's fascination with
the period…describing the opulent court or the construction of the Taj Mahal."
"Sundaresan brings sober devotion to the dynastic
tale…A mine of fabulous detail on the daily lives of the Mughal emperors…"
"Sundaresan excels at depicting ephemeral
moments of splendor and sensuousness imaginable only within the setting of a resplendent
Indian court…From a few lines in various historic documents, Sundaresan brings to
life two little-known though remarkable women who, though they lived in the shadows
of great men, proved that still greater women stood behind them."
—Lydia Hayes, The Oregonian
"Sundaresan's careful research of 17th century
Mughal India is evident in the rich, historical details such as court etiquette
and the descriptions of imperial residences. These, entwined with memorable scenes,
powerful characters and gorgeous prose make Shadow Princess
a truly decadent read."
—Kalyani Deshpande, Sawnet.org
"Powerful…riveting [tale]…the author paints a vivid picture…Behind the walls
of the zenana, we learn the subtleties of politics, the seething ambitions of sons
whose father has yet to relinquish power and the sacrifices expected of royal daughters
with limited choices…With exquisite detail, Sundaresan relates a tale fraught with
emotional complexity, giving voice to the women behind the ruthless men who rule
a besieged Mughal Empire."
—Luan Gaines, Curledup.com
"Not much detail is available about Princess Jahanara, but Sundaresan makes
full use of what is available, pairing it with vivid descriptions and an evident
love for the time period to create an engrossing tale of intrigue and royalty…Shadow
Princess is a breathtaking and elegant tribute to the past."
"It takes something more than writing prowess to condense the imperial backdrop
of [the] Mughal dynasty into 370 pages of historical fiction. Indu Sundaresan’s
Shadow Princess does perfect justice to the golden age of the Mughals…Sundaresan’s
passion for Mughal history is apparent in every single page of the book…an enchanting
tale of treachery, fratricide, devotion, love, intrigue and obsession."
—Nithya Sivashankar, Indian Express
"Indu Sundaresan weaves a shimmering web of fiction around the historical facts
at her disposal…The author’s avid interest in history and her extensive research
into her subject are evident in the convincing reconstruction of the complex political
drama and the day-to-day affairs of the royal family…Indu Sundaresan’s Shadow Princess
in an engaging style and sensuous prose presents to the reader a passionate life
that was anything but ordinary."
—Sushmaa, Deccan Herald
Sibling rivalry, power struggles, deceit, unrequited love and secret alliances,
all make this novel a compelling page turner…A treat for lovers of historical fiction."
—Elle Magazine, India
"Indu Sundaresan's Shadow Princess, the final installment in her Taj Trilogy,
begs to be made into a movie…Sundaresan's historical novel has a…complex plotline…thanks
to the wealth of Mughal history laid out before her, which she has painstakingly
researched…The author…diverts her gaze from the confines of the Mughal palace to
the bustling markets, smoky camps, and even the construction site of Mumtaz's tomb
and…the text comes alive."
—Janice Pariat, India Today
"Shadow Princess is an engaging, fascinating
page-turner that is not only based on historical fact but offers an intimate look
into the enormously wealthy and intricate lives of a royal family who once ruled
an entire land. With a flair and enthusiasm for history and culture, Sundaresan
weaves a story full of rich details that also brings the reader deep into the world
of the lives of Indian women and their struggles for power and consequence."
—Terrance Dean, HelloBeautiful.com
"In a successful bid to remove historical fiction from the doldrums of names,
dates, and places, Indu Sundaresan presents the lives, culture, and consequences
of the Mughal Empire with a you-are-there point of view in her Taj Trilogy…Heavily
researched and expertly written, Shadow Princess can be enjoyed without the benefit
of having read its predecessors. Nonetheless, it is recommended that the trilogy
be respected for the author’s natural storytelling talent, clarity of purpose, and
ability to bring history to life. Every character breathes, feels, and moves across
the page, capturing the reader’s heart without reservation…Showcasing the Taj Mahal,
Shadow Princess is an exhilarating mixture of character and event, emotion and intrigue,
extravagance and architecture."
—Jeanne E. Fredriksen, India Currents
"The author manages to weave the story so interestingly that it manages to give the reader an in-depth understanding of the golden period of the Mughal era and the life of the royal family. If historical fiction interests you this book would be the right pick. A well-paced, well-written story of the Mughal dynasty through a woman’s perspective, the book's appeal is not surprising given that her previous titles are also an absolute must read."
—Priyanka Chaturvedi, Women’s Web