“The author maintains a good balance between historical fact and fiction. Not deviating from the facts of history, the novel reconstructs the early life of Shivaji to appeal to the new age reader. It transports the reader into a time capsule compelling him/her to become a part of the narrative. Such historical novels are aplenty in Marathi and the author seems to have clearly been inspired by them. A historical novel written in English on this subject was however, long overdue. The book makes very interesting reading and is certainly un-put-downable!”

Dr Sonali Pednekar

Professor and Head, Department of History

V G Vaze College, Mulund (E)

“I enjoyed reading the dramatic and lively account of what I have always thought a most exciting story. I could really visualise what the author was writing about. With very best wishes for the series.”

Alex Rutherford, Author, “Empire of the Moghul.”

“Even for someone who already knows what is going to happen, every page makes you want to read more in anticipation. The politics and war strategies of that era are very beautifully encapsulated and give you an insight into the mind of the great Maratha warrior.

A racy fast paced narrative, transports you to the scene of action and makes you personally experience the emotions in that era.”

Meghdoot Karnik, Author, Blogger and Corporate Executive.

Writing a Historical Novel is tough, and when it is about Chhatrapati Shivaji it is even tougher. Dr Pradhan has done it and done it so well. His painstaking research done on the subject shows. The language is simple and flowing. I wish him all the best.

Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran, author of ‘Challenging Destiny’ a biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji.

“This historical novel makes for a captivating read. Through its strong narrative, the reader oscillates between taking on the role of a narrator at times, and at other times slip into the role of the exquisitely sketched characters in the book. The ease with which history and fiction blend in the novel is fascinating.”

Dr. Triveni Goswami Mathur (PhD) Fulbright Scholar, Director, Symbiosis School of Media & Communication.