I personally did not like this story. In my opinion, the man she wanted had no redeeming qualities whatsoever: he drank excessively, enjoyed the company of his concubines, couldn't carry on much of a conversation, and seemed to like the main character simply for her beauty.
I LOVED this book. I loved it so much that I was sad when I finished it. I look forward to reading the sequel. The book is rich and beautifully written. I won't repeat the plot, because that's easy enough to find, but I just wanted to say that I truly enjoyed reading this book.
I found this book hard to get into at first. I think it was the constant use of words that had to be looked up in the extensive glossary that made it difficult for me to get really immersed into the story from the start. However, once I got used to that, I did enjoy the book very much. It tells the story of Mehrunnisa, her love for the Emperor, and the struggles during her life to end up with her love. I have had the sequel on my WL for awhile as well, and am now looking forward to reading it to continue this story. If you are at all interested in India culture, and enjoy a love story, I'd recommend this book.
I greatly enjoyed the first 1/3 of this book, but then felt it lost its voice. It picked up again towards the end but I felt it never regained the strong characters created in the beginning. An interesting story, nonetheless, and worth reading just for the different setting.
Great narrative and interesting historical/cultural perspectives are illuminated in this book, which is, however, counterbalanced by some pretty overt feminine subservience masked in a story that is supposed to be about an independent, powerful woman.