a review by Lauren Schroder
Published by Headline.
The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford is the fourth and final installment of the Empire of the Moghul series. This book is set in the 1600s with a refreshing look at history in this age not from an Anglo-Saxon viewpoint.
It was very interesting to read The tainted throne and understand about the often savage battles for the Moghul throne and the uneasy alliances made to secure it. As such a large empire the Emperor had supreme power over millions of lives and this power was often too good to pass up, particularly between brothers.
Alex Rutherford has written a very compelling story with thorough character development. The character of Mehrunissa is particularly well constructed. She is a character that is sly, manipulative and power hungry. She is the person in the story the reader is positioned to love to hate or hate to love. She is hateful because she stops at nothing to secure her own place at the extreme detriment of anyone else in her family but she is lovable because she is a strong woman who takes up the reins of power in the Moghul Empire at a time when women were often relegated to the background.
As the reader you are absorbed into the story and feel like you are actually there in Agra India 1606. Alex Rutherford has worked hard to include historic facts into his novel and the accuracy of his work is highly commendable.
The tainted throne is an enjoyable read for fans of historic fiction.