Raiders from the North (2020)

Raiders from the North Alex Rutherford Raiders from the North THE EPIC STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EMPIRES IN HISTORYThe mighty Empire of the Moghuls burst out of Central Asia into India in the sixteenth century The first in a compelling new series of nove
  • Title: Raiders from the North
  • Author: Alex Rutherford
  • ISBN: 9780755347513
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
Raiders from the North Alex Rutherford THE EPIC STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EMPIRES IN HISTORYThe mighty Empire of the Moghuls burst out of Central Asia into India in the sixteenth century The first in a compelling new series of novels, Raiders from the North tells the largely unknown story of the rise and fall of the Mogul dynasties.It is 1494 when the ruler of Ferghana dies in an extraordinary accidentTHE EPIC STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EMPIRES IN HISTORYThe mighty Empire of the Moghuls burst out of Central Asia into India in the sixteenth century The first in a compelling new series of novels, Raiders from the North tells the largely unknown story of the rise and fall of the Mogul dynasties.It is 1494 when the ruler of Ferghana dies in an extraordinary accident His only son, Babur, faces a seemingly impossible challenge Babur is determined to live up to the example of his legendary ancestor, Tamburlaine, whose conquests transformed the face of the earth from Delhi to the Mediterranean, from wealthy Persia to the wildernesses along the Volga But Babur is dangerously young to inherit a kingdom.Before Babur can summon enough warlords to declare him the rightful king, plots against his crown, even his life, are hatching And soon, he will discover that even the bravest and most fearless leader can be betrayed With the wisest of advisers and most courageous of warriors by his side, Babur can achieve a great destiny and found an empire in India, but every step of his journey will be fraught with danger.Set in a world of tribal rivalries, rampaging armies, and ruthlessly ambitious enemies, Raiders from the North is historical adventure at its very best.
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  1. Dyuti

    What an absolutely A.M.A.Z.I.N.G book No matter whether you swear by historical fiction, or have not ever tried the genre, you MUST read this book if you enjoy good adventure stories, which move along at breakneck speeds.Trust me, there is not a single dull page in the novel The book chronicles the life of Babur, a Central Asian king of both Timur and Genghis Khan s lineage, who later goes on to establish the Mughal Empire in India The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world was created [...]

  2. Terri

    This will be one of those reviews where I don t really have much to say I am at a complete loss with Raiders of the North, but I will try and loop some words together into what I would say is less of a review and of a view.From time to time I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something I would not normally read and this book was one of those times There are certain periods of history and cultures countries from history that hold very little interest for me Rome and Romans for e [...]

  3. Mala

    I have outright enjoyed Raiders from the North and the other three books in the Empire of the Moghul quintet I read the lot at one go, one after the other, without pause There is so little Indian history fiction that it s a real treat to get any at all, let alone something on the charismatic Moghul rulers I have so often been to the tombs and monuments they left behind but after reading this book really want to go back and see whatever I can with a new perspective I know that many may criticize [...]

  4. Daavid (דוד)

    A nice read, but became bored by the time it was over It included quite a few details, but since my only other Historical Fiction reading has been that of James Michener s, I ended up comparing, only for the sake of understanding which writer do I truly enjoy And Yes, although the Moghul era does interest me, I wish this would have been written by Mr Michener However, much is well put forth, with the Rutherford s research and travels I am sure it must have been painstaking The action scenes hav [...]

  5. Arun Divakar

    The path to conquering a nation is always littered with blood and iron The new ruler braves rivers of blood and the detritus of decapitated bodies before he she ascends the throne and finally reaches the summit of power to realize that all the effort was for a fickle throne The beliefs, armies and backgrounds of rulers who walked the World would have been different and yet the motivations and stories have the same hues The Mughals are one dynasty who left their indelible mark on India and their [...]

  6. Abhishek

    A good read and historically correct, but this is not a history textbook and some of the important characters are fictitious Major events are true and described well The lifestyle and atmosphere of the time is also vividly depicted Give the book the liberty of a being a novel and it is a very good read It tells the story of Babur, how at the age of 12 he becomes the king of his father s little kingdom, how he wins and then looses Samarkand thrice becomes the ruler of Kabul, grows restless finall [...]

  7. Uttara Srinivasan

    3.5 starsBabur Mirza is twelve years old when his father dies in an accident At twelve, an age when his own sons are considered by Babur himself and still too innocent to understand the yearnings of power, Babur assumes the throne of Ferghana With the blood of the legendary Timur i lang and Genghis Khan in his veins, it is only natural that his life is one full of blood feuds, war, defeat and victory The book scribes a fictional account of his life s journey from Ferghana all the way to Hindusta [...]

  8. Tariq Mahmood

    Empires were not built on mere diplomacy Actions and results determined your fate By far the biggest travesty to Pakistani history is the omission of Moghul history from the narrative Nations have to have selective history, and for some reasons Moghuls have not really featured as favourites in the popular history of Pakistan, which is a great loss indeed For which other dynasty was able to rule for about 400 years or so Their aura was such that even after the end of the the greats reign with the [...]

  9. D.w.

    I got this as an advance review copy and at first could not get into it Then on the second reading I stuck with it to the end.As I look back at the book I see that it did not grab me And as I continued through it, still it was not something I could say was outstanding It dealt with a subject matter that you think could be rich for a historical novel A conquering emperor who loses his capital than once The founder of the Moghul empire Babur should be rich subject matter.But Rutherford spends so [...]

  10. Jane

    Based in a large part on the Emperor Babur s autobiography, The Baburnama Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor with much literary license of Rutherford to fill in gaps and to make a better novel, this story told of the life and deeds of an important historical figure, but I thought it nothing outstanding This novel in telling of Central Asian and Indian culture of the 16th century does fill a gap in historical fiction of that part of the world at that time period, at least in English This novel [...]

  11. C.P. Lesley

    I have read earlier accounts of the life of Babur, king of Ferghana and first Mughal emperor of Hindustan India , but other than Babur s own, remarkably fresh and candid but incomplete account, this is by far the best.Babur inherited his kingdom at the age of twelve and lost it before he turned fifteen He took Samarkand, the center of his ancestor Timur s better known in the West as Tamerlane empire, three times,only to lose it a few months later Yet he refused to accept defeat, conquering and h [...]

  12. Karthik Vivekanandhan

    The book had all the elements to become a blockbuster , a prince who is crowned king at the age of 12 loses his kingdom when he is attacking another kingdom and becomes a king without a kingdom and luckily fortune smiles at him and he is given another big kingdom but still realizes he is not content and decides to invade India and succeeds and creates one of the longest surviving dynasty in India,The Mughul Dynasty But the writing is so dull and there are no characters to like and follow.Its li [...]

  13. Dawn

    I did not like this story I felt that I was being talked at instead of being immersed into a fascinating culture I got tired of thehold on I need to find the right termexposition There was a whole lot of Babur explaining things to himself instead of actual storyline Too much info dump and not enough incorporation into the story for me And I really noticed that Babar was just a kid He may be doing adult things but he s definitely only a teenager It did not help me have any connection with him I d [...]

  14. Amit Shetty

    Nothing is ImpossibleThe book follows the epic saga of Babur, the first Moghul Emporor of Hindusthan now India.It has covered most of the details beautifully from his birth to his death, to all the hardships, joys and sorrows he faced, his arrogance and the grave mistakes that came from it and a taste of one of the greatest lineages and an empire that he would leave behind putting him in the league of the Romans, Napoleon and Alexander.Once I started reading, I felt as though I had made a great [...]

  15. Nilanjan Guin

    Conn Iggulden introduced me to historical novels biographies of great personalities told as a story I had read the first three parts of the Conqueror series by him and I wanted to know about Indian history so I started off with this novel, hoping to acquaint myself with Babur the first Mughal emperor of India And though I absolutely do not regret having chosen this book, I have to say that I found Conn Iggulden s style of writing much well rounded The authors Alex Rutherford is a pen name for [...]

  16. Beorn

    I d hoped for much from this book.I took a chance on this book as a step outside reading historical fiction based around periods of history I already had some kind of background knowledge of.All that I knew of the Moghuls were that they were descended from Ghengis Khan beyond that I knew nothing.The best way to describe what I discovered between the covers would be to say all filler, no real killer.There s nothing to endear you to the lead character, Babur whose name means tiger , possibly the [...]

  17. Manu

    The first of the Empire of the Moghul series, which begins in 1494 when the 12 year old Babur is suddenly forced to become king of Ferghana, on the death of his father Babur feels a strong sense of destiny and is convinced that fate has something special in store for him His ancestry, which include Timur and Genghis Khan, only reinforces this belief But the events that follow his coronation prove to be a roller coaster ride and he is forced to reconsider his future From being king of a small sta [...]

  18. Jeannie Mancini

    Raiders from the North, Alex Rutherford s historical novel debut, for me was one of those close but no cigar situations Receiving an Advanced Readers Copy that had a cover endorsement from author Wilbur Smith, and a tout that this series was going be the newest historical epic for fans of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell, had me very excited to read it In the realm of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, neighbor to Pakistan, India and Persia in the later part of the 15th century, this first installment beg [...]

  19. Suresh

    Babur had many opportunities he was handed Samarkand and Kabul on a platter as he was a Timurid prince Babur was a descendant of both TImur and Genghis Khan and became King at the age of 12 and was suddenly given a lot of responsibility and under attack from those who thought Fergana could be easily taken over Fergana was his kingdom in Eastern Uzbekistan From Fergana in Eastern Uzbekistan to Delhi in India must have been one heck of a ride on horseback Having lost everything, Fergana as well as [...]

  20. Sarah

    Following the rise and fall and rise, then fall, then rise of the first of the Moghul or Mughal , depending on where you read it emperor of Hindustan, Raiders of the North is an exciting and rather pedestrian historical fiction novel.Starting with Babur s coronation at age 12, following both his successes and failures, until his untimely death, Raiders is a great introduction to this period and area of history that many Western readers probably don t know much about This volume chronicles the da [...]

  21. Avinash Veeraraghav

    If you re a fan of historical fiction, this is a novel you ll want to read Set in the late 1400s early 1500s, this series, Empire of the Moghul, is all about the Moghul empire in what largely is today India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan The novel opens in Ferghana valley with a young boy, Babur, witnessing the death of his father, Umar Sheikh II, a king Babur has the blood of two famous Asian conquerors, Timur and Genghis Khan, and thus, he is determined to build an empire worthy of the [...]

  22. Linda

    Alex Rutherford is a pen name for a husband and wife writing team In researching the author before the read, I found this important information The book was long and boring at times, then it would pick up for awhile I do not know how two people write a book together, especially a husband and wife Did he write the boring passages or did she I gave myself time for thought before writing this review The author s mechanics of good writing were fine in that the story flowed The character of Babur was [...]

  23. John

    I ultimately enjoyed reading Raiders from the North RFTN by Alex Rutherford Set in the hills of central Asia circa 1500 CE, RFTN introduced me to the history and places of the Asian steppe and the Indian subcontinent It over stoked a fire in the unknowing Murican in me to continue to learn about the history of these places and cultures.But reading RFTN required time and effort non government speak for resources on my part than I would have otherwise preferred The changing of the author s voice [...]

  24. Kartik

    The little I did know about Babur and how the Moghuls came to be was from what I learned during history class in school.The victory in the battle of Panipat was the highlight of Babur in what we learnt using our text books But here, the husband wife duo who go by the name Alex Rutherford bring out the essence of Babur s real struggles in his life How he lived to lose battles than he won How his army was reduced to a meagre 50 warriors with shelter somewhere in a mountain, and how he had the wil [...]

  25. Sanhita

    Being an Indian, one grows up reading about Moghul Dynasty in classroom history sessions We remember the lineage way better than our own obvious reason being one doesn t have to reproduce one s own lineage in ones exam paper, unless we are talking about Prince Charles, taking the exam.Babur, however was a slightly lesser known figure out of the lot, since he invaded and set up the dynasty towards the end of his life and only things known about are the various wars he fought to reach Delhi, inclu [...]

  26. William Bentrim

    Raiders From The North by Alex RutherfordBabur, a young man, thrust into leadership of his small kingdom finds himself threaten from all sides Driven by memories of his father s tales of past family glory, Babur becomes a conqueror who shrugs off defeat and becomes unstoppable The Energizer Bunny has nothing on Babur His ferocious tenacity in the search of glory just keeps going and going I felt Babur s compulsion to success was quite realistic He was raised on tales of glory and may not have ha [...]

  27. Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    This was an OK read but I ve read so many books that are similar The problem with many writers taking real historical and charismatic leaders as their heroes is that they tend to overdo the uncertain, human element and forget that these individuals got where they did through a degree of sheer bloody one mindedness and a lot of brutality whether physical or political or both They end up inventing friends or creating personalities for genuine historical allies and associates who have an almost unn [...]

  28. Isha Bali

    Excellent historical fictional book about Babur the founder of the Mughal dynasty About his vision n sense of destiny which drove him relentlessly to find greatness Historically accurate with wonderful additional, fictional characters added Had so much action n adventure Was a real page turner with the suspense n the narrative driving me to keep reading about Babur s date with his destiny I never felt inclined to read about the british kings n knights they were so alien Was so easy n interesting [...]

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