Title : Another tale of two cities
Author : Ezhuth Aani
Pages : 304
Publisher : Inspire India
Genre : Historical Fiction
Cover : 4/5
Writing Style : 4/5
Presentation : 3/5
Overall : 3.5/5
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?
Another tale of two cities reminds us of Charles Dickens but thankfully there’s nothing common between the two books. This book is a historical tale of a love triangle that sparked a war between two kingdoms, Angkor Wat and Ankor Thom. The beauty about the book is the language. It leaves you asking for more. Author has made his plot well researched and that shows while reading the book. The biggest challenge while writing a historical fiction is to transport your reader back into time and this book does the same.
Although the book is highly entertaining but still, I found some drawbacks. One of them was the chapter distribution. This book is having none, just four parts for the book. Another is highly researched background of the time where the plot is set. While reading a story, too many facts disturb. So there should be equal proportion of both.
Overall, the book is a great read and will be enjoyed by all. Definitely, worth you time.