TITLE: 1857 Dust of Ages Vol 1: A Forgotten Tale
AUTHOR: Vandana Shanker
PUBLISHER: Amazon- Asia Pacific
GENRE: Fiction ( Historical)
1857. The rebellion erupts in India. Despite its attempts to stay aloof, NAVGARH, a small town near Delhi, is drawn into the conflagration. And at its heart are Princess Meera and Captain Richard Smith, with their strange alliance made for the throne of Navgarh.
2016, Shiv Sahai, a young Indian art historian and Ruth Aiken, a British scholar discover an excerpt from the journal of an anonymous British soldier, searching for his wife in the chaos of 1857 Delhi. As they begin investigating the scandal, they become aware of the vague rumours that are told in the bylanes of Navgarh – about a princess who married a British soldier to save her kingdom
The story a short read, told in two different timelines is well-spun and riveting from the word ‘go.’ There is history, romance, intrigue and rebellion but……… the end is abrupt, meaning the reader will have to wait for the sequel to know more of the protagonists, their strange alliance, the fate of Navgarh, the result of Shiv Sahai’s research, etc., etc.
The character of Shiv Sahai and Ruth Aiken the Indian and British Scholars are well fleshed out. While Shiv comes across as one not easy to comprehend and a person who fiercely guards his secrets, Ruth is shrewd.
One gets only a glimpse into the characters of Meera and Captain Richard Smith the protagonists of the story of the strange alliance. Hence it’s premature to comment on them.
The language is simple, crisp and lucid while the style of narration and pace are perfect.
A simple read, one that’s sure to arouse your curiosity and leave you hungry to gorge on the sequel, 1857 Dust of Ages Vol 1: A Forgotten Tale scores a 3 on 5 from me.