An engrossing story of India under the hold of the East India Company and the devastating Sepoy uprising. The book had it all...history, romance, adventure, exotic location, war. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Romance taking place in India - I read this a long time ago but still remember loving the imagery and romance of the novel.
I completely loved this book and I reccomend it to anyone.
M.M. Kayes' breathtaking new masterpiece returns us once again to the vast, intoxicating romance of India under the British Raj, a fabled land of moonlit palace gardens, filled with whisperings of passion and intrigue. It is the story of Winter, a beautiful English heiress come home to her beloved India, and of Captain Alex Randall, her protector, aching with need to possess her. Forged in the fires of a war that threatens to topple an empire, it is the story of a desperate, consuming, unforgettable love.
The very end of the book was AWSOME!!! I wished I could have gone straight to the end and read the reenactment of this British historical event. The rest of the book was ver dry and some loooong reading. I was disappointed in this book. Her book The Far Pavilions was my all time favorite book ever. This one let me down.
Excellent book. I love this author!!!
I have loved this author's works since I was a young girl, and this is one of my favorites. Sweeping history, well-developed characters, lush settings and brilliant descriptive passages. Several generations of the British in India and at Home are followed in their adventures.
This is a wonderful book if you love India and Indian Historical fiction. I liked it more than The Far Pavilions simply because there was never a part of it that dragged. TFP had a couple of places that tended to run on a bit but there was no point in Shadow of the Moon where I 'just wanted her to get on with it:)". Anyway, it is a really good book...one that kept me in the bathroom for a couple of hours at a time...the perfect book for a warm bubble bath and a cup of tea!!
I read The Far Pavilions by Kaye and really enjoyed it. The PBS series of the same name is also first class. I have always had an interest in the British Raj and The Far Pavilions covers much of its history in the late 19th century.
Shadow of the Moon also takes place in India, but in the time of the East Indian Company against the backdrop of the Sepoy Mutiny.
However, where The Far Pavilions was also a love story, its main character was a soldier seeking to find his destiny in one of two worlds. As such, there is plenty of action and adventure. In Shadow of the Moon, the main character is a woman and the love story is the primary tale, although it is set against the events and turmoil of mid-19th century India.
As such, Shadow on the Moon does not emphasize the plot elements that would appeal to me. So... would someone please explain why it is I read all 798 pages within two and one-half days!
Kaye grew up in India and most of her military family served in India, so she writes from first hand experience. This book preceeds The Far Pavillions, and is my favorite of the two. This book is another that you don't want to put down, and when it's done, you're sorry that it's over. Loved it!