Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the pre industrial era was also facing a climate change calamity. The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess?
“Love and hate are not opposites but the faces of the same coin”
Another Tale of Two Cities takes you to 15th century scenario of Cambodia; twin cities- Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Warriors Aditya and Mahendra cross paths in the quest to find a solution to save their beleaguered kingdom and in winning the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess. The story leads you through love, hate , patriotism, bravery, action… just get set to be captivated!
From the beautiful book cover , the lucid writing style and the slowly unfolding intriguing plot – Another Tale of Two Cities makes its way to your heart easily. The research and homework done for the book paid off well and the author’s effort is evident in the book which i would like to appreciate. The idea of dividing the book into 4 parts rather than chapters gained my interest as i felt it to be a right decision to do so. The narration style is very realistic and to the point that you will feel absorbed into the story. This might lift your interest horizon to historical fictions. What’s best is that each page gives you the urge to read more as the element of suspense is intact throughout.
What i felt to be low keys in the book is that Mahendra took a bit of unwanted space considering the actual plot. The expectation level increases with each book from a writer so the level should be raised with each work and this book did only a fair enough job at that.
I will rate this exceptional tale 4.25 / 5 🙂