The Peshwa: War of the Deceivers – Book Review

  • Author: Ram Sivasankaran
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Westland (4 September 2018)
  • Language: English

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Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.

The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs, and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day.

Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king, and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.

My Review

Into the realms of the glorious past, lays secrets and rivalries and bloodshed and gore. Games of conspiracy are at the helm of it, the hunger for power is at its crux and in the end after all the saga culminates into the dead end, without any hint of doubt, the greatest of all deceivers shall prevail!

Peshwa Bajirao is a significant historical figure of our Indian history. He is notorious for his wily ways and famous for his mettle and shrewdness. He took the charge of the Marathas and led them through the darkest of the nights towards the light of strength and happiness. It is this powerful character who is at the focus of this book along with yet another less known one, Chimaji Appa Bhat, his younger brother.

The book centralizes the lust for power that prevailed in the past of India. There were Mughal invasions, internal conflicts between Rajputana and the Marathas, the uprising of a clan and the downfall of the other, cunning partnerships and what not. Indian history is full of examples of heavy conspiracies and struggle for the ultimate power. It is this power, the love for the throne, that dethrones and destroys a lot many other things.

There is revenge that flows fiercely through the story which travels into many lands and kingdoms. There is deceit that equally participates as it seeps through the characters of the book. There is the Order of the Scorpions and their barbaric acts which would shake the hell out of someone and there is the revelation, in the end, that of an identity, which would speak at stretch of the challenges of a reign.

Okay! So now I am to tell that this book is absolutely amazing! I am literally in awe of its narrative which has been put down so well. Though the book is pretty thick with an equally thick language but, trust me, it is cent percent worth it. This historical fiction has been served well and without any further ado, somebody who loves this genre should be diving in the book.

What do I love about this book/ Why should one be reading it?

  • The characters have been introduced and developed really well. It is in these characters that you find the story flowing seamlessly. They have their flaws & strengths but everything put forth to the readers bemuse them.
  • The writing style is fantastic. It is descriptive, vivid, and deals with the subject very meticulously. Once you are into the lives of the characters, you can’t step out of the shoes till you come to the end. And even after that, the essence of the story lingers.
  • It is not just the protagonist who is in limelight but every other character who gets an equal share in the saga of the glorious history. The ladies – Kashibai & Mastani – played their roles well in the book. The Nizam, Rasool, Anaamik, Amar Singh, Bhani, all of them were carved out well.
  • The language is beautiful. I loved how the dialogues between the characters have been created. Their verbal exchanges seem to be real and authentic with the manner they have been written down.
  • It is a well-orchestrated piece of historical fiction which one shouldn’t miss if one is a seasoned reader.

In a nutshell, it was a breathtaking experience to read The Peshwa. And now I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

MY RATING: 5/ 5 


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  1. Good review. I have not read the book but the way you have described it, it surely excites a history lover like me.

    I am also trying to let out my expressions in words through my blogs and short stories. Reading good reviews is always a learning experience.

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