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The book is fast paced, thrilling and intriguing in parts.Though cliche at some places. Two points which put me somewhat off it are- The way the writer has justified violence of the protagonist. It's contradictory with his upbringing and education. Isn't he an Oxford graduate? His character is not completely realistic and convincing. Even the heroine. She seemed to have just resigned to the forced marriage. Also, too many intimate scenes and graphic description put me off. It felt more of an erotica than a thriller. Not sure about reading the next part..
The whole novel is about a bizarre world playing into western orientalist fantasies about a tribal warring oriental land where 'no rules apply ' and it's jungle raj with patronising good men of royalty being the overlords who try and maintain control over bloodied feuds. Not only it is rubbish in the current reality of India, it also disgustingly normalises brutality and violence for the good of the people by the scions of royal families.
Horrible! What the heck did I just read?? It really is a horrible read. It feels like a story of some bad stereotypical South Indian movie. Feels like a rip off of Cora Reilly's Mafia series and Fifty shades!