Jahanara comes center stage in Shadow Princess,
the third novel of the Taj Mahal trilogy from the moment her mother dies in June
of 1631. She’s forced to bear the weight of her father’s grief, confront warring
brothers, engage in a rivalry with her sister Roshanara both politically, and personally—when
they both fall in love with the same noble at court. In the end, all of these events
overshadow Princess Jahanara’s life, none more than the magnificent tomb her father
builds for her mother—the Taj Mahal.
"Sundaresan has a scholar's fascination with the period…describing
the opulent court or the construction of the Taj Mahal."
"Sundaresan brings sober devotion to the dynastic tale…A
mine of fabulous detail on the daily lives of the Mughal emperors…"