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Author: Indu Sundaresan Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781483070889
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In her critically praised debut novel, The Twentieth Wife, Indu Sundaresan introduced the love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa. The story continues in this lush sequel, when Mehrunnisa comes into Jahangir’s harem as his twentieth and final wife. This time Jahangir has married for love, and members of his court are worried that Mehrunnisa could exert control over their futures. Their concerns are well founded.

Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, who has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is no question that Sundaresan is a gifted storyteller with an obvious passion for history.”

    USA Today

  • “Sundaresan [is] a bright addition to the new generation of women writers from India.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The novel’s scope and ambition are impressive, as are the numerous period details…Readers who enjoyed the first volume will find similar pleasures tracking the fate of one of history’s most intriguing women.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Weaving another rich historical tapestry…Sundaresan colors the life of a fascinating woman whose female wiles inspired the Taj Mahal.”


  • “Sundaresan’s love of storytelling is apparent in this well researched historical romance. She makes sure that the reader stays enthralled from chapter to chapter and, with this sequel, will surely do the same in creating anticipation for her next book.”

    Library Journal

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/9/2011

    " To come. . . . BTW, the Goodreads' review is not very helpful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgankenner | 1/11/2011

    " A little repetitive of the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 1/4/2011

    " Actually 3.5 stars. I didn't like this sequel quite as well at the first, because the character was less sympathetic, due to her motivation being power rather than love or kindness. Also, every now and then it would delve into reading more like a textbook than a novel, but fascinating nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 12/28/2010

    " The Empress Nur Jahan, an almost unknown historical figure, is brought to vibrant life in this novel. Sundaresan's research on the subject is extensive and the portrayl is fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/15/2010

    " I'd rather give it 3.5 stars, but I did really enjoy it, so I decided to round up. Mehrunnisa isn't an endearing child anymore, so I found her a lot harder to understand as a character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/13/2010

    " I really enjoyed reading this sequel to The Twentieth Wife. It's a great time period to read about and I think Indu Sundaresan did a great job.

    I really like finding historical fiction that's not all about sex! Her writing is very clean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/14/2010

    " Not much time to review this.
    The first book (The Twentieth Wife) was a better plot, but the characters in this one are more clearly drawn and more realistic. Obviously the author used a lot more background sources, which enriches the text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anjeanette | 9/12/2010

    " A continuation but carries into another generation of charachters. Love and loss abound. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 8/23/2010

    " Me gusto mucho mas que el primero, te deja impactado de la riqueza del imperio mogol, entiendes mas de su cultura y como historia es muy buena, a mi me enganchó desde el principio, pero que les puedo decir, me gustan las novelas históricas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaheen | 8/20/2010

    " The story of Mehrunissa, the 20th wife of a Mughal emperor. Slow but engrossing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahnaz | 8/16/2010

    " Great Novel about the Mugal Empire in India which follows a eternal love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 8/14/2010

    " This is the sequel to the Twentieth Wife about one of the great empresses in India in the 1600's. Fabulous story! "

About the Author

Indu Sundaresan was born in India to a long line of storytellers. After an undergraduate degree in economics, she came to the United States for graduate school at the University of Delaware, where her passion for writing soon took over. Her first novel, The Twentieth Wife, was awarded the 2003 Washington State Book Award.

About the Narrator

Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received four Earphones Awards, and she is a two-time finalist for the Audie Award.