Shadow of the Moon

Shadow of the Moon

Paperback - 2011
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'A closely interwoven story of love and war whose descriptive prose is so evocative that you can actually see and - much more - smell India as the country assaults you from the page' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

M. M. Kaye, author of The Far Pavilions , sweeps her readers back to the vast, glittering, sunbaked continent of India. Shadow of the Moon is the story of Winter de Ballesteros, a beautiful English heiress who has come to India to be married. It is also the tale of Captain Alex Randall, her escort and protector, who knows that Winter's husband to be has become a debauched wreck of a man.

When India bursts into flaming hatreds and bitter bloodshed during the dark days of the Mutiny, Alex and Winter are thrown unwillingly together in the brutal and urgent struggle for survival.

'Another splendid tale of India'

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2011, c1979
ISBN: 9780241953037
Branch Call Number: FIC KAY
Characteristics: 614 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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Mar 30, 2011

A great read for fans of Kaye's more famous "The Far Pavilions." Less sweeping in nature, Shadow of the Moon is perhaps more evenly paced, and as in Pavilions, Kaye employs a mixture of romance, adventure, and history. Kaye was born in India and has a real love for the country and its people, but is also a product of her time, and her trumpeting of British imperial righteousness will sound false to modern readers. As a student of post-colonial history, I found this annoying, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this page-turning romance-adventure. Enjoy it for what it is- romanticism based on the memoirs of a daughter of colonists, and a wonderfully good read full of danger, passion, and heroism.

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