Book: The Peshwa – War of the Deceivers
Author: Ram Sivasankaran
Publishers: Westland Publication
Pages : 496
Format : Paperback
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.
I was obsessed with Peshwa Bajirao when I bought and read the first book in the series The Peshwa – The Lion and the Stallion. And I was fully satiated with the story.
I didn’t think there could be a sequel. But when it came out, boy I was excited. I literally prayed to any God who would listen to get selected for reviewing this book.
And all the excitement was worth it. There was suspense and uncertainty in every page. I was convinced the hero would fall to the quicksand of evil. But, picture abhi baki hai mere dost (the film is still running my friend).
I loved the story build up, the characterizations, the illustrations were amazing. I don’t remember seeing illustrations in the first book, correct me if I’m wrong. They nevertheless were a perfect add – on.
Rating: 4/5 🌟
P. S. Thank you so much Westland and Writersmelon for the book in exchange for an honest review.