Okay, I admit it. This looks like vintage erotica and smells sleazy. But that’s actually not the case. Blood Royal is about an Englishman who gets involved in a civil war in India in the 17th century. There are lots of intrigues and yes, strong presence of sensual oriental women. Robert Payne, the author, is an English historian and novelist.
Here is an outline of the story:
Stephen and his Persian wife, Meriam plans to leave for England but is summoned by the much feared Emperor Shah Jahan to Red Fort. Shah Jahan’s sons — Dara and Aurangzeb — fight on the question of succession and Stephen and Meriam join Dara. Aurangzeb proves to be stronger and only Stephen makes it to the end. Another woman in Stephen’s life complicates the situation all along. Loyalty, treachery, passion, suspicion joins hand to present some splendid drama.
Certainly an engaging read. And you’ll love the cover if you are a retro guy.