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Book Review: Blood Royal by Robert Payne

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.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Blood Royal by Robert Payne

  1. Fabulous cover! It sounds almost as if it doesn’t deserve it though – looks super-pulpy, but actually sounds kind of serious and research-y. When was it written?

    I have to say though, I’m most intrigued by your comment that it ‘smells sleazy’… I’m almost afraid to ask, but … literally?

    • ha ha ..was just making fun of the cover..I guess the book was written about 50 years back and my copy looks even older..a real historical copy of a historical book.. Oh yes, it smells bloody good, not sure if that’s sleazy 😛

  2. IT IS A FANTASTIC NOVEL BASED ON MOGHUL HISTORY, PARTICULARILY OF THE PERIOD FROM 1650,S TO 1670,S-REMINDS ME OF THE DOCUMENTS LEFT BEHIND BY BEGUM JAHANARA,DAUGHTER OF SHAJAHAN

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