Vijayanagara, 1485. The second son of a famed army commander, Tuluva Krishna sees around him a decaying empire assailed by the treachery of vassals and the belligerence of neighbours. Determined to restore peace and glory to the Vijayanagara Samrajya, Krishna, hot-headed and impatient, follows in his father's footsteps and begins his military service under Emperor Saluva Narasimha.
Peace, though, is hard to forge, and Krishna's loyalty, ingenuity and persistence towards his singular cause are constantly tested, both on and off the battlefield. Fuelled by his passion and his dreams of one day uniting with his true love – the rebellious, enigmatic temple dancer, Chinna – Krishna quickly rises through the ranks. But he soon finds that the way up is beset with intrigue and danger.
Can Krishna navigate the intricate web of politics that threatens the great empire? And can he rebound from devastating betrayal and prove his mettle as a true leader?
Raising the dust of battle, the stench of conspiracy and the bittersweet aroma of love, Krishna Deva Raya: The Boy Who Would Be King tells the dramatic tale of a valiant soldier who has come to be known as one of India's greatest emperors.
Classification : Historical Fiction
Pub Date : JUL 22, 2022
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 304
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789389253955
Price : INR 499
Abhijeeth Hiliyana is an engineer by profession and a storyteller by passion. He has published two works – Age Apostasy Knife Edge, a fantasy based on Indian mythology, and Gardi Rebirth, an alternate history of India set in the Maratha empire.