Book Review: The Conqueror by Aditya Iyengar

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Victorious spear, Valorous spear.

Author: Aditya Iyengar
Publisher: Hachette India
Rating: 2.5/5


The Conqueror is the story of the King of Srivijaya who was defeated by ChoVidhya Thakkar- Indian blogger, Mumbai blogger, book blogger, Book blogger Mumbai, Book blogger Indialas and lost his kingdom. He then goes to King Rajendra Chola to discuss the terms for his kingdom.

Firstly, I loved the cover of the book. Its attractive and so is the title of the book. The story started in a good way, the first few pages were interesting. As it proceeds, the plot of the story gets confusing.  The plot of the story has lots of twists and turns but then the narration of the story is confusing. The language used by the author is simple and easy, but then with turning pages, it becomes difficult to connect with the story. The story is too dragged and switching plots made it more confusing.

The writing style of the author is easy. The pace of the story is slow and so is the flow. The characters in the story are good, but then I was not able to connect with a single character. There are too many characters in the story which again made the story boring.

I liked the first 100 pages of the story but then as it proceeds, It was least interesting.

If you like reading about history, Go for it.
You can get your copy here.


Kingdoms are built by men. Legacies are built by emperors. It is 1025 ad. The mighty chola empire that controls much of southern bharatvarsha is helmed by emperor rajendra chola i – a man as enigmatic as his kingdom is renowned. Known for his might and vision, he has now set his sights upon the southern seas, governed by the powerful srivijaya empire. But his victories also bring forth stories of those affected by his ambition. Of an unnamed princess forced to fend for herself among enemies after everything she has ever known is destroyed by the ravaging chola forces. Of maharaja sangrama, captive in an alien land, who is torn between his enmity tempered by an unusual friendship with the elusive rajendra chola and his fierce determination to return to his kingdom. Told through the eyes of a prisoner of war and a princess without a kingdom, the conqueror is a magnificent narrative – of war and conquest, of loss and death, of kingship and legacy.

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