The cover had a nice and colourful palace entrance. Only the font quality of the title could have been clearer as, to me, it looked like the font was stretched from a low resolution image.
The title is what pulled me towards the book. Remember, I love murder mysteries?
The English language was very nicely used with many new words in the story. The fun new word was primogeniture.
The story is about finding who killed the Royal Tutor. To make it easy to understand who were the 10 people present at the last supper with him, I’ll list them here along with their position. Prince Regnant (Shel), Princess Persis and their sons Kalban and Abhinav. An aristocrat called Lady Rati and her artist husband Dev. Kras and Varo the appointed tutors. Amar the court bard and Mada the head of the kitchen.
The Maharaja of Pur (from Madh) named Paras and his brother Asamanjas planned to send Meenakshi (Paras’ daughter) to learn Political Science at the palace in Melucha. Kalban thinks Kras and Varo are good tutors for the said training. They are both summoned to the palace for a few months stay.
*It had a lot of new words to learn.
*It was a nice story with some immortals involved.
*The setting has been described very well in depth.
*I loved the sarcasm. It surely brought a smile on my face every now and then.
*Many sentences were very long. I don’t think this book is meant for people who want a simple and easy read.
*I still didn’t understand the part about Angana’s parent’s coup against the prince. What was the proof against them to have sent them into exile? Perhaps some light could have been shed on that part considering a lot of the story revolves around it.
*Until a few chapters later, I wasn’t sure who Shel was.
*I’m still not sure what Chitralekha lied about that Meenakshi guessed in Chapter 16.
*Urvashi and Rambha were mentioned as though I was supposed to know these names from Adam. I’m still wondering how they are connected beside the fact that they seem like the head of some group. Maybe Urvashi the head of Sprites and Rambha the head of the Inter-Realm? Correct me if I’m wrong.
Though it was a light but great read, I personally think I would have enjoyed this book better if it had illustrations. Or perhaps reading the prequel – The Magicians of Madh – would have helped?
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