Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Drawn largely from the autobiography of Babur, the Book 1 of 6 in Empire of the Moghul Series (6 Book Series). The first book in the Empire of the Moghul series: chronicling the rise and fall of the Moghul rulers of India, beginning with Babur who swept in from Central Asia. Raiders from the North is the first in a quintet of novels chronicling the rise and fall of the Moghul Empire. The story begins in when the ruler of Ferghana.

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Book Review: Empire Of The Mughal : Raiders From The North by Alex Rutherford

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford. 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 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. Hardcoverpages. Published December 1st by Headline Review first published January 1st Empire of the Moghul 1.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Raiders from the Northplease sign up. See 1 question about Raiders from the North…. Lists with This Book. Jan 16, Dyuti rated it it was amazing. What an absolutely A.

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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 Taj Rairersone of the seven wonders of the world was cre What an absolutely A.

The Taj Mahalone of the seven wonders of the world was created by a future Mughal ruler: Of course, it is a romanticized version of Babur, but who cares! It was a damn good read. I don’t mind if my historical fictions are peppered with a little of the author’s imagination, and some extra fictional characters. After all, all accounts are unreliable to some extant, no matter how stringently noted. Raidegs must say that the husband-wife duo frok under the pen name of Alex Rutherford have got me raidres.


I plan to buy and soon read mothul all the other books in the series. Maybe I feel an additional urge to read it because this period in Indian History always interested me as a child.

The Mughals were a colourful lot: Also they were honest, just and much loved kings unlike the Britishers. Anyway, even if you have no idea about them, do read this book. You won’t regret it! View all 8 comments. Oct 18, Mala rated it it was amazing. 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. 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 critic I have outright enjoyed Raiders from the North and the other three books in the Empire of the Moghul quintet. I know that many may criticize this series for being too pulped. If we want history, read a history book. But it never is no matter who writes and in what style. All through this book and the sequels, I kept going online to look up places, events and people and was amaed and fascinated at all the things that were true.

In comparison, my history books from school were so very sparse and dry! Aug 04, Terri rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 teh review and eempire 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.

Empire of the Moghul: Raiders From the North by Alex Rutherford – Books – Hachette Australia

Mooghul and Rom This will be one of those reviews where I don’t really have much to say. Rome and Romans for example. I have more misses than hits when reading historical fiction based on them, because I have little interest in the era from a fictional standpoint, I am much better with non fiction on them.

Sometimes it works out when I push myself to read in these eras. I have found some good books by doing it. But sometimes it does not work out Enter stage right, Raiders from the North.

Sadly for Raiders from the Wmpire and I am sad about it as I think for anybody who is not me, this could be a very raiderrs read I pushed myself out of my comfort zone at the wrong time in my life. It’s Autumn, the sun is shining, the garden is having its last growth spurt before winter. Birds are nesting, singing, darting about. Forget winter wonderlands, here is an Autumnal wonderland. And I’d much rather be in it, enjoying the last of the seasons sunshine, getting my hands dirty in the soil and going for long walks in the hills, than shut away indoors reading a fiction story set in a period of history I have no interest in.

I think I have realised that if I am going to force myself to read books in a least favourite era, I should save it for Winter when the moghhul are not calling me away. Or perhaps even during the scorching heat of Summer, when I seek escape behind closed doors, in an airconditioned room.


I know I have not given this book its due. Another time, another place, another day, another Season and this may have been a very different review full of robust commentary. As for rating it, I can rrom give it 2 stars and attach this ‘view’ to it.

Hopefully this will fully explain why ejpire is that this book got those miserable 2 stars. I do not really think it is raideers 2 star book, if that makes sense to you. I think the book is probably a 3 star or even maybe a 4 star. The writing is good, the story seemed intelligently done. I can only rate based on my experience and while I think the book deserves more stars, my personal experience with it, dictates that I give it only 2.

View all 5 comments. A nice read, but became bored by the time it was over. It included quite a few nortn, but since my only other Fhe Fiction reading has been that of James Tbe, I ended up comparing, only for the sake of understanding which writer do I truly enjoy more. And Yes, although the Moghul era does interest me, I wish this would have been written by Mr.

However, much is well put forth, with the Rutherford’s research and travels. I am sure it must have been painstaking. Raidegs action A nice read, but became bored by the time it was over.

The action scenes have been provided with fine details, although I personally tend to not enjoy action much. The style of writing did not bore me, but since in that era, most of the action took place with wars and capturing land, it became monotonous, which got me bored by the end of the book. I will certainly read the next book in the series after a few months.

Feb 11, Arun Divakar rated it liked it. The path to conquering a nation is always littered with blood and iron.

movhul The beliefs, armies and backgrounds of rulers who walked the World would have empiree different and yet the motivations and stories have the same hues. The Mughals are one dynasty who left their indelible mark on India and the The path to conquering a nation is always littered with blood and iron. The Mughals are one dynasty who left their indelible mark on India and their importance was only next to the British when it comes to defining the identity of the nation. It is rather interesting to note that a ruler of Mongol-Turkish origins and his descendants ruled over the sub-continent for raideers centuries.

Alex Rutherford brings the story of the Mughals to vivid and dramatic life through this series with the first book being dedicated to Babur. The trend that I have seen in what little historic fiction I have read is that they tend to make heroes of the protagonists. They are paragons of virtue, immovable and strong willed and successful in battle no matter what. These kind of caricatures tend to get stale raiderrs a while for the repetitiveness they bring forth.

The rendering of Babur was interesting for he loses more battles than he wins.