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Alex Rutherford to write book six in the bestselling Empire of the Moghul series

Press Release from Hachette India:

Hachette India is delighted to announce that the brilliant Empire of the Moghul series will now include a sixth book based on the life and times of Aurangzeb. Alex Rutherford, the author of one of the largest selling series in the India, will be writing the sixth book after all,  to the delight of the legions of fans who had been requesting the author to write this book for a long time now, and complete the series with the last of the ‘great Mughals’ who played such an important role in defining the face of Indian history. The Empire of the Moghul series has been a critical and commercial success in India and the new book will no doubt be another blockbuster.

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172 thoughts on “Alex Rutherford to write book six in the bestselling Empire of the Moghul series”

  1. w rees says:

    the fifth book is not yet available[the tainted throne]. what is the title of the intended sixth book . many thanks w rees

    1. diana says:

      Hi. The Tainted Throne (about Jahangir and Mehrunissa) is actually the 4th book in the series and is already out in the UK and India and about to appear in the US. The fifth book – The Serpent’s Tooth – (about Shah Jahan) – comes out in the UK and India in early summer 2013 and in the US in 2014. The sixth book will be about Aurangzeb but it’s still in the early stages and there’s no title for it yet.

  2. Prateek Pundir says:

    Hi…i recently read the 3rd and the 4rth part back to back in a week and can’t wait for the fifth edition….can u tell the precise month and date when it will be released in India?

    1. diana says:

      Hi Prateek. I’m delighted you enjoy the books. Number 5 – The Serpent’s Tooth about Shah Jahan – comes out in May 2013 in India.
      very best wishes
      ALEX.

  3. Manjri Gopalan says:

    Hi, Very happy to know that 6th book will be launched… Any confirmed dates for launch of “The Serpent’s Tooth” in India…. I am eagerly waiting to read this book.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Manjri,

      ‘The Serpent’s Tooth’ – should be out in late May. I’ve just finished reading the proofs so it’s about to go to print … Do hope you like it.

      all best
      Alex

  4. Govind Kumar P says:

    Hi.,

    If i am mad about one thing means . . . its nothing but the outstanding and excellent work by Alex Rutherford’s Empire of the Moghul series.

    I had read all the 4 books and very closely watching for your nex edition.

    These books always occupy a exclusive position in my collection.

    I would exclusively compliment the authors for taking me back in to centuries and always placed me in the mids of the warfields and the great monuments.

    Wish i am blessed to meet you in person.

    Warm regards

    Govind Kumar

  5. sherry says:

    Hi Alex,

    I hope its really you who is responding to these messages :)
    I’d like to believe that it is. I just finished reading another historical fiction book on Jahangir & Merrunissa (early childhood days up until she becomes empress) by an indian author and am now looking forward to reading the Tainted Throne. Post which I will read the indian author’s sequel which mainly centers around the personal lives of these intriguing people.
    I always thought that the Indian authors held the expertise in writing about the Mugal india, until I picked up the 1st book on Babur, hadn’t found much on him earlier than this book. After reading Babur and the series I changed by opinion completely.
    Thank you for your Mugal writings :) Already look forward to the Serpents Tooth ( which I think i will read around the same time I’d read the Indian author’s version of Shaha Jahan – Anjumad and Jahanara).
    Here’s hoping that you whip your interesting brew on Jahanara as well.

    Regards,
    Sherry.

    1. diana says:

      Dear Sherry,

      Yes, I do reply to the comments myself. Writing these novels has been a lot of fun and I’ve learned – and am still learning – so much about this extraordinary dynasty and this pivotal period of Indian history. But knowing people’s reactions to the books really makes all the difference and gives me renewed impetus.

      Thanks so much for your interest and encouragement,

      Alex.

      1. diana says:

        Hi again Sherry,

        I meant to say as well that Jahanara’s one of my favourites among the Moghul family. I recall visiting her touchingly simple grave in Delhi. She will be one of my most important characters in the 6th novel about Aurangzeb.

        cheers
        Alex

        1. sherry says:

          Hi Alex,

          Thank you for your response (big smile). I learnt from this website that you guys are a team, and a fantastic one!
          Its great that you’ve visited Jahanara’s grave in New Delhi. According to some historical texts, she was a devotee of the Sufi Hazarat Nizzamudin, and her wish was to be buried near the grave site of her ‘pir’. I’m sure you can confirm that or your book might :)
          There are a whole lot of authors who’ve written their interpretations of the amazing stories and events of the past, however, to pick one of the most intriguing times and writing a series dedicated to each Mughal ruler in such a mesmerizing fashion, is what makes you both, in my opinion the best historical fiction writers.
          Also, I’m very excited about the fact that you wrote back!

          Warm regards to you both.
          Sherry.

          1. diana says:

            Hi Sherry,

            Thank you for your very kind words. I think that Hazarat Nizzamudin – also known as Nizamuddin Auliya – who lived in the 13th-14th century and was of the Chishtis – was indeed an influence on Jahanara and also I think on her brother Dara who was also very interested in Sufism.

            with very best wishes
            Alex

      2. Rajiv Bhalla says:

        Dear Alex,

        I must say that reading the series mesmerized me to an extent that I took a special trip to Agra and tried my best to feel the lives of this most extraordinary dynasty. I will give anything to know more about them and never in my life before, have I been touched and intrigued with history so deeply. Thanks for giving us a good read and looking forward to more.

        1. diana says:

          Hi Rajiv,

          Really delighted that the series has sparked your interest in Agra and its astonishing historical past. I hope you went to the Mahtab Barg and the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah?

          Thank you for your enthusiasm which gives me fresh encouragement as I work on the sixth book – out next year.

          Very best wishes
          Alex

    2. Manikantha says:

      hi Sherry,
      i am also reading this moghul series myself and really want to know who is the Indian author of the book on jahangir and mehr-un-nisa?

      hi ALEX ,
      I am loving this wonderful series. It is brillant. I just finished your second book. I knew a very little about Humayun’s trouble with his Brothers. Can you suggest me some books where I can read about Sher Shah in detalis. I really want you to keep on writing even after Aurangzeb ( maybe compiled in one) .

      1. diana says:

        hi and thank you for your lovely comments about the series. To read more about the remarkable Sher Shah I suggest the books of Abraham Eraly eg The Peacock Throne which talks about Sher Shah both as a warrior but also as a brilliant empire-builder. Akbar retained many of Sher Shah’s administrative arrangements and they helped ensure the success of the Moghul empire which is quite a paradox.

        very best wishes
        Alex PS Hope you enjoy ‘The Serpent’s Tooth’ about the decline and fall of Shah Jahan.

        1. Manikantha says:

          thanks a lot for your suggestion. I will surely read all of your books. Thanks for replying. Mani

          1. diana says:

            Hi Mani,
            It was a pleasure.

            cheers
            Alex

  6. sherry says:

    Hi Alex,

    Speaking of Sufi’s..I was wondering if you’d ever consider writing about some radical characters like “Shams of Tabriz”, there is mention of him in some history books and the only popular event(s) or story about him is his meeting with Rumi and what consipired after that leading Rumi to form the Whirling Dervish order. Would you ever consider writing about Shams? Rumi’s poetry is available everywhere. And the only fiction book I read with Shams & Rumi’s story was in “40 rules of love”, which mainly is a story within a story.
    Another interesting Suif, whose ‘Dargah’ is in Rookree (state of Uttar pradesh, India) called “Kaliar Sharif” legend has it that he had a bad bad temper and he medited for years standing on one foot. Now, it is believed, that people who are infested with evil spirits usually go to his ‘dargah’ to cure themselves. And almost 10 years ago, the back gate of the ‘dargah’ was a ‘mast sufi’s’ hangout.

    P.S – Hope the email trail is not ‘never ending’ seeming to you :)

    Regards,
    Sherry.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Sherry,

      What fascinating suggestions. When I’ve more time I’ll read up about Shams of Tabriz and Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes.They sound wonderful and also significant stories. Thank you for the ideas.

      very best wishes Alex

  7. Sharique Ali says:

    Hi Alex,

    I am very happy to learn that you have chosen to write about the Moghuls. I read the first two volumes , Babar and Humayun. I like your honesty of revealing the primary sources of information for compiling the editions. It pacifies me to learn that whatever I had gathered about the Moghuls, so far, bears so much of truth, according to your reliable sources. I am eagerly waiting for you to complete your compilation on the last Moghul emperor, who is considered ruthless and inconsiderate by some . However what little information I have gathered, qualifies him to be a very pious, just and great ruler of India. My best wishes are with you. I should certainly advise to be extra careful and considerate while writing about Aurangzeb the Great. Please write truth, truth and only truth. If you find little dubious or ambiguous facts which can create a sense of confusion among the masses please avoid it. You may come across fabricated or equivocal facts about him. Please weigh them and please write only the truth. Please do describe about his Sufi inclination in detail if you come across such facts.

    All the best.

    1. diana says:

      Hi there Sharique,

      Thank you for your very nice remarks about the research that I’ve done among the Moghul chronicles. I am just starting new research on Aurangzeb for the 6th book in the series – he’s a complex character indeed and also one of the key players in the story I tell in the fifth book The Serpent’s Tooth which is about to come out. I will certainly bear your comments in mind while writing the book on Aurangzeb’s long reign.

      with very best wishes and thank you for your interest
      Alex

    2. Aditya Joglekar says:

      Very glad to know that you are writing a sixth book in the series. Now that you will be writing about Aurangzeb you no longer can ignore Chatrapati Shivaji’s great contribution in destroying the mughal empire and liberating India. I sincerely wish you research his glorious history and not skim past his part as some historians tend to. All the best

      1. diana says:

        Hi and many thanks for your message. I’ve been reading quite a bit about Shivaji. What an extraordinary man. I’ll try to do justice to him in the book.

        all best

        Alex

        1. Shivraj Thakare says:

          Hi Authors,
          Please refer to Grand Duff’s writing as well as Chronicles from Chhatrapati’s Darbar on archives dot com.
          You will find that Shivaji was a great ruler, extraordinary King, master strategist, and a truthful king for his subjects.
          Please refer to him as Chhatrapati. He has been a role model and motivation character for millions of Indians during freedom struggle against British.
          Please give justice to Shivaji, his triumphs, his secular policy towards other religions and above all, his vision as a kind and kingdom.
          You will find there are not many examples like Shivaji in world History.
          ==Shivraj

          1. diana says:

            Dear Shivraj,

            Thank you for your comments. We will certainly do our best to try to do justice to Shivaji – as you say a truly remarkable individual in so many ways.

            very best wishes
            ‘Alex’

  8. Vikash Singhal says:

    Dear Alex,
    Are you all contemplating any movie based on any of the books .A movie based on the Raiders of the North should be a blockbuster.

    1. diana says:

      Dear Vikash,

      I’d LOVE someone to make a movie of Raiders! I need a friend in Bollywood.

      cheers
      Alex

  9. Aritra says:

    Hi Alex,

    The Empire of the Moghul is indeed a great series and am eagerly looking forward to the next edition in the series.

    While the level of detail about various characters in your books is admirable, i was slightly surprised to see the omission of any reference to the skirmishes that Akbar had with Rana Pratap during his rule in your book on Akbar. I recollect, from what we had studied as a part of high school history, that Rana Pratap was deemed as one of the most formidable opponents of Akbar and tales of his bravery are quite famous in this part of the world.

    Also curious to know the topics you are planning to take up post completion of the Mughal series. Anything on the Guptas or Rajputs or Tipu Sultan/Hyder Ali would be fascinating read.

    Cheers,

    Aritra

    1. diana says:

      Hi Aritra,

      Firstly many apologies for taking so long to reply but I’ve been travelling in remote places this past month with only limited e-mail access.

      As regards Pratap Singh, it was really a case of having to hone down the events in Akbar’s incredibly rich and fascinting reign so I decided I’d focus on the fall of Mewar under Pratap Singh’s father.

      I’m so pleased that you are enjoying the series – number 5 ‘The Serpent’s Tooth’ is out in India next month ie June. I’m currently hard at work researching number 6 on Aurangzeb’s reign. What comes next after that I’m not sure but thank you very much for your suggestions and watch this space …
      with best regards
      Alex

  10. Anshuman Anand says:

    Hi Alex,

    Thank God, you guys chose to write the series…… and need I say that I have read all your books and wait eagerly for The Serpent’s Tooth.
    While the story of the Great Mughal’s is fascinating, I have always been intrigued by such rapid collapse of the dynasty in post Aurangzeb. I know it is asking for too much but I guess the lives and times of the Minor Mughal would be no less fascinating, if you chose to write a book on
    Would be interesting to know your thoughts

    Anshuman

    1. diana says:

      Hi Anshuman,

      Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you – it’s the result of travelling in remote places without much e-mail access. Your thoughts about writing about the post-Aurangzeb time are really interesting. It could be fascinating to explore how the empire disintegrated after all the energy and vigour of the early Mughals. When book six about Aurangzeb’s reign is completed we’ll give it more thought.

      In the meantime very best wishes and many thanks for your interest in the series.

      ‘Alex’

  11. Rishaad Vazirally says:

    Hi Alex,

    Very little has been written about the period between Aurangazeb’s death and the revolt of 1857. It would be wonderful if you didn’t stop the series with the sixth book and continued till the end of the mughal dynasty.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Rishaad,

      As I’ve been saying to everyone, many apologies for not replying earlier but I’ve been away in distant places where even today e-mail access is limited. I’m really grateful for your thoughts about writing about the post-Aurangzeb era. Funnily enough I’ve just being replying to another reader who also suggested it. I’ll certainly bear it in mind when book six about Aurangzeb is complete which should be in about 18 months.

      with very best wishes
      Alex

  12. rishiraj jha says:

    hey i did read the serpents tooth n m glad that u have again proved your novel..after reading the novel i was left with several questions regarding the real character of aurangzeb..i searched a lot but only found the results but not the actual reason of his narrow mindset..really m surprised none of the five emperors had a cold attitude like alamgir…true jahanara called him white serpent…would like to find n know more about him..cheers!

    1. diana says:

      Hi, I agree with you that Aurangzeb’s an enigmatic character. I’m enjoying trying to find out more about him and building an understanding of his personality for the sixth book in the series which I’ll start writing later this year.

      very best wishes
      Alex

      1. rishiraj jha says:

        hey alex,wishing you all the best for your next novel..first thing the people of hindustan hated him and even now in india the trend goes on.But you have to live with him while writing it.secondly try n spend most of the time in the deccan region which i think you ill b doing so.Very difficult to convice the readers and specially yourself while writing.The tuffest challenge of your series.I m still not convinced after reading his facts and visting aurangabad and his grave…but m sure ill change my mind after reading your novel..cheers best of luck again..cheers..RJ!:)

        1. diana says:

          Hi again,

          I’m sure you’re right – it’ll be a challenge and an interesting one to build up a picture.

          Your good wishes and encouragement are much appreciated.

          Alex

  13. Sachin Vinod says:

    Dear Alex,

    All the best for your 6th edition on Aurangzeb, I must say that i am a big fan of yours and just so happy to have read this series. Being an Indian i never thought anyone other than Indians can write good books on Mughals, however you guys have changed that. I wish i could be part of your team as it writes such fascinating books..I have a request and a suggestion..
    Request is – if you can send me a personally autographed book (hard cover) as a prized book to be cherished
    Suggestion – Please plan for a movie series on the same..it will be great if some one pitches up for it..i am sure it will be huge hits..Had i been a filmmaker i would have bought all the rights to make a film on it. Recently Indian film maker Karan Jauhar has bought rights for Shiva Trilogy written by Amrish Tripathi…
    Even Ashutosh Gowariker in bollywood has made a very good film on Akbar..
    Please explore all the options further..in hollywood as well.
    William Darymple has also written good books on later Mughals and i am glad to say that i have books from both the writers.
    Keep up the good work!!..Eagerly waiting for the edition..Serpent’s Tooth.

    Thanks
    Sachin Vinod

    1. diana says:

      Hi Sachin,

      I’m really glad you’re enjoying the books and hope you like The Serpent’s Tooth as well. Perhaps someone will base a film or TV series on them – that would be great,

      I’m afraid I don’t have any copies of the Indian edition to send you but if you let me or Hachette India know your address I’d be delighted to send you a signed card or bookplate for one of your own copies.

      very best wishes
      Alex

  14. Kartikeya Agarwal says:

    Hi

    Greetings! I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading the EOTM Series. It is one of my favourite series and I am waiting for the 6th part. I’ve read all the books 3 times and they are really fascinating and give us a very good insight into the past. They help us to understand the culture and tradition of the past. Looking forward to the next book!

    Kartikeya

    1. diana says:

      Hi Kartikeya,

      Thank you for your comments about the series. I’m truly pleased you’ve enjoyed reading the books – I find the Moghul period rich and full of meaning as you clearly do too.

      Book 5 ‘The Serpent’s Tooth’ should be out on 20 June.

      very best wishes
      Alex

  15. Subrat Pathak says:

    hi,
    is the serpent’s tooth released in India? am eagerly waiting for it and cannot find any news on its release date. i can only find imported edition of the book on the net

    1. diana says:

      Hi Subrat,

      Delighted you’re looking forward to ‘The Serpent’s Tooth’ – it should be out in India next week on 20 June. Hope you like it!
      very best wishes
      Alex

  16. Anurag Kumar says:

    Hi Alex
    Who would be releasing “The Serpent’s Tooth” in India ? Still can not find the information about its release in India. Can’t wait further for this book.
    Regards.
    Anurag

    1. diana says:

      Hi Anurag,

      Hachette India are releasing ‘The Serpent’s Tooth’ next week on 20 June. If you look at their website you’ll find its their book of the month.

      I really hope you enjoy reading it.

      All best
      Alex

  17. Varnith says:

    Greetings Alex…

    Your announcement that there will be a 6th book in this “imperial” series has filled me with joy.
    Your series is truly a great attempt at recreating the middle ages of Indian history.
    It has found a permanent place on many Indians’ bookshelves.
    But I am slightly disappointed as the 5th installment “The Serpent’s Tooth” is not yet available to us, avid readers and fans in India .
    Please do let me know the exact date of its Indian Release

    By the way,I am sure your fictional series will be regarded as one of the greatest ever,third only to The Lord of the Rings and The Harry Potter series

    Thanks
    Varnith

    1. diana says:

      Hi Varnith,

      ‘The Serpent’s Tooth’ is being released today, 20 June, in India by Hachette India. I really hope you like it and would like to thank you for your appreciation of the series.
      very best wishes
      Alex

  18. Teja says:

    Hi Diana,

    I read all four of your books on the mogul dynasty. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the four books. I have to buy the fifth book though. Your way of writing is amazing with necessary fictional characters. I just wanted to ask you few questions, just as person who is very much interested in history. What got you interested in Indian History or are you interested in history in general? What is the ground work that needs to be done before even thinking of writing a book on a historical character?

    Thanks,
    Teja.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Teja,

      I’ve always been interested in history – it was my favourite subject at school and then I studied it at university. I always loved working with original sources – chronicles, diaries, letters written by those who were actually there at the time. Of course you have to treat the sources with caution – to ask why people wrote why they did – were they telling the truth? were they writing to explain or perhaps to excuse? when were they writing? – at the exact time of what they are describing or later when their memory might be playing tricks? But the longer you immerse yourself in such material the more you develop a sense of when someone is speaking the truth. Also by reading as much as you can find, you can compare different accounts of the same events which often yields clues.

      My love of and interest in Indian history developed out of my travels across India and especially seeing the Moghuls’ extraordinary legacy.

      As far as writing historical fiction is concerned my advice is to thoroughly familiarise yourself with the background to the period but more important than that is the characters you decide to write about and how you develop their characters. Although history by its nature is in the past, human nature and motivation doesn’t really change so you must really know and understand your characters and what makes them tick to bring them to life and make them relevant.

      I do hope this helps
      very best wishes
      Alex

  19. pukhraj mughal says:

    Hi i am a big a big fan of urs… i wanted to ask weather ul make any other other novel after aurangzeb including all left weak mughals to give ur books a end…. till bahadur shah zafar

    1. diana says:

      Hi and thanks for your very kind comments. Some others have also suggested taking the Moghul story further – will certainly think about it.

      very best wishes
      Alex

  20. pukhraj mughal says:

    Hi its me again i wnted to kno if u r stoping writing about mughals what will ur next title be u can jst tel 4-8 intresting topics in ur mind. plz cheer thank u

    1. diana says:

      Hi,

      At the moment researching the book on Aurangzeb is taking up all the time but I guess next year I’ll start thinking about ‘what next’. Maybe taking the Moghul story further as some people are suggesting?

      cheers
      Alex

  21. Tanuja Thapliyal says:

    Taking the moghul story further would be really good. I have read the full series back to back and I loved reading all your books. History has never been so good. They are so interesting to read that I can’t wait for the next to come. Make that soon. Best of luck.

    1. diana says:

      Hi and many, many thanks for your encouragement.

      all best
      Alex

  22. Suhas says:

    Hi Alex,

    I have read the first 3 novels of this series and really enjoyed it and I plan on reading the next 2 as well as the 6th one, which you will be writing. I love the fact that you have added a bit of drama and presented the story as a historical fiction.
    Just 1 complaint about the third book, the second half of that book was more about Salim than it was about Akbar, who I felt, should have been the focus of the whole book. After all, isn’t that what it is ? One book dedicated to each ruler.
    All in all, they were all great reads. I just hope that someone makes a movie or a TV series out of these stories. A video game would be fun as well. :-)
    I also hope that after the end of the Mughal series, you would write a novel about other great Indian dynasties.

    Cheers,
    Suhas

    1. diana says:

      Hi Suhas,

      Great to hear from you. I’m really happy you like the books. Thank you for your comments and insights.

      All best

      Alex.

  23. Jigesh Vachhrajani says:

    Hi Alex,

    Your work on this series of books is indeed admirable. Thanking God that you guys opted for “Moughal Dynasty” as your subject.

    I was also wondering whether you intend to write any books on “Mourya Dynasty” or “Gupta Dynasty” ? If yes, do you have any tentative timelines in mind ? I am seriously interested to read your take on that particular subject.

    Thanks again. May God bless you !!!

    Cheers,
    Jigesh.

    1. diana says:

      Dear Jigesh,

      Thanks for your lovely comments about the series. No plans at present to look at the Mourya or Gupta dynasties as there’s still a 6th book in the Moghul series to go, but perhaps one day – who knows? Thank you for the idea.

      With very best wishes to you
      Alex

      1. jigesh vachhrajani says:

        Hi Alex,

        It has been long time since our last interaction. Hope your new book is shaping up well. In last few months, I have spent significant time reading about Mourya and Gupta dynasties. Those were indeed fascinating time for Indian history. I sincerely believe that it will be really superb subject for your next series. Please let me know if I can be of any help or can contribute in anyway.

        Thanks.
        Jigesh.

        1. diana says:

          Hi Jigesh,

          Great to hear from you again and also to hear about your research. I’ll indeed look more closely at the Mourya and Gupta histories once I’ve completed Moghul 6 (about Aurangzeb). Your offer of help is much appreciated and I’ll get back to you if I go down that path.
          very best wishes
          Alex

  24. Parag says:

    I just came to know of the books a couple of weeks back. I read 4 books.
    Looking forward to read the 5th book. Awesome work both of you.

    Hope we get the 6th book as soon as possible. :)

    1. diana says:

      Hi Parag,

      Glad you like the series and hope you enjoy number five, The Serpent’s Tooth. Just starting work on number six now so wish us luck.

      all best

      ‘Alex’

  25. Anukool Dubey says:

    Hi Alex,

    i just completed the last released book (The serpent’s Tooth), and i really enjoyed it. I respect the effort you have put in to write the This Golden Age of Indian History in such a Wonderful way.
    I wondered why u haven’t mentioned Queen Ruquiah Begam in your third book , because she was known to be the most closest and important queen of Akbar and they mere married very young and she died 20 years after Akbar ; But anyways on a whole i convey my Heartiest Well wishes to you and all your team for the research and Great Work.
    I am eagerly waiting for your last book on “The Great but Ruthless King Aurangzeb” !!

    With Best Wishes
    Anukool Dubey

    1. diana says:

      Dear Anukool,

      I’m delighted you enjoyed The Serpent’s Tooth. I find this period of history totally enthralling myself.

      On your question, it’s really a matter of having to hone down the events and characters so that they fit into the confines of a novel but I take your point and thank you for mentioning it.
      with very best wishes
      Alex

  26. suleman says:

    hi Alex.
    you cant imagine how glad (and relieved :) ) I am to know that you guys will be penning the book on Aurangzeb as well. I sincerely hope that you sincerely do justice to all the life turning events in his life which also had a hand in shaping the history of india. especially his accession to the throne, his first campaign against the renowned Jujhar singh, his encounters with the brave teg bahadur singh.. and his war to succeed the throne with darah.. his farsightedness in recognizing the young shivaji as a possible threat to the Mughal empire and his ruthlessness in dealing with his opponents none the less finding his atonement in not using the Mughal treasurey and earning his daily bread by weaving and selling the namaz caps . I have also come across a mention of his naval capability and his economic ties with far off lands of England. his revenues and the affluence of surat. his military relations with other nations -Persia, the deccan sultanates, even far nations like the ottoman empire. His encounters with the abbasynian siddhis and the Sikhs and the pashtuns. The subjugation of nizams, adilshahi and the already slackening qutubshahi.. Not to mention the 27 year against the marathas and their guerilla warfare techniques which to day are a subject of research to many.. Again I sincerely hope that the great rulers like Shivaji, Sambhaji,Tarabai,Rajaram-though he was tied an tanjore but still managed to lead the fight against Mughals. The greatest commanders like Santaji and Dhanaji.. I suspect that it would hardly be a subject to be contained in one single book.. Please do not mind my humble opinion of this to be a healthy subject for 2 books instead of one?? – (not to mention the fact that I always have relished the thought of wanting to look forward to another book in the series by you after every read- ever since ‘raiders from the north’ was out)

    p.s. – apologies for such a long message.. :)

    1. diana says:

      Hi Suleman,

      I was really interested in your comments and thoughts and will bear them in mind as I tackle the Aurangzeb novel … as you say there are so many pivotal events and people to be covered. I’ll have to see whether it can all be contained in one book.

      very best wishes and thanks again for your enthusiasm for the series,

      Alex

  27. Arun Sarode says:

    Hey Alex,

    I loved your books on Empire of The Moghul, The books are so interesting that I completed all the 5 books back to back.

    The new book about Aurangzeb sounds very exciting can’t wait for it.

    Good Luck,

    Arun

    1. diana says:

      Hi Arun,

      It’s great you like the books so much. Just starting work on number 6 about Aurangzeb which I hope you’ll like too!

      cheers
      Alex

  28. Padma Ashtekar says:

    Hi Alex/Diana
    First, a great salute to your amazing research and wonderful narration on mughal dynasty.Babur and Humayun characters were the surprise package in the series.Superb.Instant love with their characters,Reading your book gave me a feel of travelling along with them.Yet to read fifth book.May I request you to do research and write books on Chandragupta maurya,chanakya of north east india and Chola dynasty,especially Rajaraja chola and Rajendra Chola of South India.While writing on Aurangazeb,please do mention about greatness of Chatrapati shivaji.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Padma,

      So glad you like the series. The Moghuls were truly an amazing lot! Thank you for your interesting thoughts for future subjects. It’s always hard to decide what to focus on next. Shivaji will certainly have the very prominent place he deserves in the book about Aurangzeb’s reign.

      With very best wishes and thanks for your interest in Empire of the Moghul which is much appreciated
      ‘Alex’

  29. jacqui says:

    Hi Alex
    I have lately discovered the Moghul series by you and I’m enthralled with the books I’ve read so far. Having grown up in India (my father was a engineer there in the 50s and 60s) our family had the opportunity to travel and visit many of the magnificent monuments round the country. I also developed my love of Indian history while growing there.
    Your novels are so realistic and gripping; they are difficult to put down till the end is reached. I wait eagerly for the next book and I’m glad to know you are writing a sixth book. Do continue with the weaker Moghuls right to the last Moghul, who is buried in Myanmar (Burma).
    All the best with your research and writing.
    Jacqui

    1. diana says:

      Hi Jacqui,

      Thank you for your comments which are really appreciated, especially coming from someone who knows – and loves – India. At present work on the sixth novel – about Aurangzeb – is pretty engrossing but maybe later there will be scope to take the series on as you suggest. I’d certainly miss writing about the Moghuls …

      cheers
      Alex

  30. senraj says:

    hi alex, great work, wonderful books. i have already compelted yoou two books and bought your 5 books on moghul, eagarly waiting for your sixth serious on aurangazeb. love to have books from you on other Indian great dynasty. It would be great if you can consider books about chola dynasty. Please do visit tanjore to see chola consutructions and continue your good work. thanks

    1. diana says:

      Hi Senraj,

      It’s great you’ve been enjoying the books. To know that readers find the stories satisfying means a lot. Perhaps I will take a look at the Chola dynasty and indeed visit Tanjore where I’ve not been for a while.

      cheers and thanks again
      Alex

  31. YASH says:

    Hi Alex,

    I love your books and am a big fan.
    I wanted to ask you whether or not is your fan following is maximum in India ???
    And hats off to you for enlightening me with knowledge ’bout the Mughals.

    😀

    1. diana says:

      Hi,

      Really pleased you like the books and enjoy finding out about the Mughals.The fan following in India is certainly very enthusiastic which is great. Many of the comments and questions to the website come from there. I hope to get back to India myself next year.

      cheers
      Alex

  32. Koustav says:

    Hey Alex,
    Firstly this is from someone, who disliked history from the bottom of his heart, but is now presently an avid reader of the EOTM series. You guys took us from those drab pages from our high-school history books and placed us right within the imperial palaces, battlefields and made us see the World from the Moghul point of view. And for that, a heartfelt thanks.
    I just finished the 5th book in the series and hats off to your research work and literary skills. What a treat it was just like the previous books in the series!
    And just when we readers were lamenting the fact that this was probably the last book in the series, you guys announce a 6th book on Aurangzeb! And as you can expect, we can hardly wait to get our hands on the 6th installment.
    So all I am asking is when can we expect the 6th book to release in India.
    And though you have started your work on this project, it would be really nice from a reader’s point of view, to know the early days of Prince Aurangzeb, from his point of view in the book solely dedicated to his rise and fall as the Emperor. Like if he faced any moral dilemma when he was planning what to do with his family when he was declared the Emperor of The Moghul Empire. We know the facts from his early days as he led the rebellion from Shah Jahan, and his supporters’ point of view. But it would be really nice to know both sides of the same story.

    Nevertheless, waiting for another blockbuster from you guys,
    A fan of the EOTM series,
    Koustav.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Koustav,

      So pleased you’re enjoying the EOTM series. Comments like yours really make it all seem worthwhile. The 6th book which we’re just starting work on should be out in the second half of 2015 though that really depends on the publisher. Aurangzeb’s character, the dilemmas he faced and the choices he made (and the reasons) will be at the heart of the book. We’re looking forward to getting to grips with the complexities and dualities of his character and hope we’ll deliver a picture of him that readers find satisfying and convincing. It’s such a pivotal period in the Moghul story.

      thank you for your interest in the series and very best wishes,

      ‘Alex’

  33. Sagher says:

    Hi Alex,

    I recently began reading ‘EMPIRE OF THE MOGHUL’ series, still reading the first book. Alex, your writing creates magic and your book is ‘unputdownable’. Eager to read more by you!!

    Sagher

    1. diana says:

      Hi Sagher,

      Thanks for your message. Really glad you’re enjoying ‘Raiders from the North’ and hope that you like the rest of the series. I find the personalities of the Moghul emperors fascinating and they ruled during such an important time historically.

      with very best wishes (and congrats to India on the Mars probe).
      Alex

  34. Shekhar Jha says:

    Hi Diana.
    have read all the series of books in EOTM. One thing which I would like to point out is that many a times you have described the emotions of characters with modern day conscience and sensibility. I think that’s not correct. Those were the days when people had very different standards of conscience and sensibility. I hope you get my point.

    1. diana says:

      Hi and many thanks for your interesting point. Feelings and emotions seem to me for the most part similar across the ages – hence the enduring appeal and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays – but of course like him we do all write as people of our own time.
      very best wishes
      Alex

  35. Vasudev Iyer says:

    Hello Alex
    Your Empire series has rekindled my love for history. Thanks for the same. I congratulate you on your excellent series. Have read all the five books in the series and keenly awaiting the 6th one. Please continue the good work. One more thing. I know many readers want you to continue writing about the Mughal empire till its very end. Please do so. But I have a request. Kindly turn the pages of history and please write about the rulers of the Delhi Sultanate.

    Regards and all the best for you future ventures.

    Vasudev Iyer
    Wanted to study history but ended up with Ph. D. in Economics!!

    1. diana says:

      Hi and many thanks for your enthusiasm for the series which I’m delighted about.I hope you’ll like number 6 on which work’s just starting.

      Thank you also for your suggestion about the Delhi Sultanate. I’ll certainly bear that in mind when the time comes to part company with the Moghuls.

      A Ph.D in economics is extremely impressive – I was never good enough at maths and related subjects to come anywhere near being competent to study economics though I’ve always been interested in ‘economic history’.

      with warmest wishes
      Alex

  36. Parag says:

    Thanks for the series of novels. I love them. Waiting for your last installment………

    I came across some information which was worth a mention in your novel. If you are in the process of the last installment, you would very well know who Shivaji Maharaj was. Now, when Prince Khurram left his father in hostility, took asylum with Shahji Raje, Father of Shivaji Maharaj. They defeated an army of 150000-200000 with a small army of 20000 with a brilliant idea which was a brainchild of Shahji Raje.
    Also Shahji Raje was famous all over Hindustan for not losing a single battle in his lifetime. You will find this on wikipedia as well.

  37. Charu Mathur says:

    Hi!
    Fascinated by the series me and my 91/2 year old have read all the 5 books in series. After reading series i have reached a definite conclusion that truly great was Babur. His vision, his grip was great and his love for Samarkund unsurpassed.

    little hurt that Akbar the Great (who till now was my hero; now its Babur)- had bar daughters of the house to marry. But seems pragmatic.
    Just wanted to confirm that Jhangir and Nir Jahan didn’t has any issue so checked on wiki too.
    Anyways great read. Yearning to read Aurangzeb-is he really that bad as he is portrayed to be? I don’t think so. I am a practising Hindu, yet saying so. Who influenced him most?

    1. diana says:

      Hi Charu. It’s great to know that you’re enjoying the books. It would also be great to see the series brought to the big screen … various people are looking at the possibilities but nothing firm to report yet.

      very best wishes and thanks for getting in touch
      Alex

    2. diana says:

      Hi Charu. It’s great to know that you’re enjoying the books. It would also be great to see the series brought to the big screen … various people are looking at the possibilities but nothing firm to report yet.

      very best wishes and thanks for getting in touch
      Alex

    3. diana says:

      Hi Charu,

      Please forgive me – I’m just back from a trip to Brazil and still a bit jet-lagged. Anyway that’s my excuse in case you’ve received a reply from me that should have been addressed to someone else asking whether the series was going to be filmed!

      Like you I really admire Babur and I can’t recommend his Baburnama highly enough if you want to read about him in his own words (don’t let the lengthy and detailed genealogy in the opening pages put you off!) Yes, I think Akbar was being pragmatic in prohibiting Moghul princesses from marrying – I think he understood the danger to the dynasty from too many male rivals for the throne but I agree it sits oddly with his otherwise liberal views.

      Just working on Aurangzeb at the moment so it’s early days to take a firm view on him but one thing I’m sure which influenced his outlook on the world was his conviction that his father Shah Jahan didn’t love him – a letter from him saying just that still survives.

      Thanks you again for your interest in the series
      cheers
      Alex

  38. abhi says:

    how many book are written by Alex Rutherford about Moghul Empire ????

    1. diana says:

      Hi – 5 so far – about Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Number 6 about Aurangzeb is on the way – publication in 2014.

      Cheers
      Alex

  39. Aparna Singh says:

    Hi, all the 5 books in the series were wonderful…though my personal favourite is ‘Brothers at War’. Eagerly waiting for the 6th book.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Aparna,

      Really nice to hear from you. I liked Brothers at War because I found Humayun so intriguing and so tragic. I also liked the strong women in the story. Perhaps my own favourites (though I fluctuate!) are Raiders – I like Babur’s determination never to give up and the honesty in his own writing = and also Ruler of the World – Akbar seems so far ahead of his time, a warrior but also a thinker.

      All best for the New Year
      Alex

  40. Julie says:

    Hi Alex!
    Just had to add my great appreciation of EOTM. I came across “Raiders from the north” by accident, bought it because it was set in India and read it in every spare minute I had, because I couldn’t put it down. Since then, I have waited impatiently until the next one is released. I just wish you could research and write each one faster, but I do recognise that to speed up the process would impact on the quality of both the research and the writing. In the meantime, I will reread books 1-5 once again. Like all the other comments posted here, I hope you are planning to continue writing about historical India.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Julie,

      I’m really plesaed you like the books so much. It means a great deal to know that the stories truly engage readers like yourself.

      Work is well underway on number 6 which should be out in 2015 though there’s quite a bit more research to do. Aurangzeb is such a complex character.

      with very best wishes to you for the New Year
      Alex

  41. Vidhi says:

    Hey Alex
    I am another of your zillion fans .. I love the EOTM series chiefly because it dealswith the Mughal era which is my favourite and also because of the brilliant and empathic way you have written the entire series.
    I recently read a book called Crimson Throne which chronicles the circumstances leading to Aurangzeb’s accession to the throne through the eyes of Bernier abd Manucci. I doubt its historical accuracy but its an interesting read.. Do read it..
    Its extremely rare to find people who are both extremely gifted and humble at the same time.
    Keep up the great and awesome work that you are doing and all the best for book six
    P.s. How about “The white snake ” as the title for book 6?
    Happy new year :)

    1. diana says:

      Hi and a very happy New Year to you.

      Thank you for your appreciation of the books which is truly nice to hear and for your recommendation about the Crimson Throne which I’ll get a copy of. (Manucci’s Storia do Magor is certainly an astonishing read and provided some of the inspiration for the character of Nicholas Ballantyne in EOTM.)

      Thanks also for the suggestion of a title for Book 6 which I’ll certainly bear in mind.

      with very best wishes,

      Alex.

  42. divya rawat says:

    I thank the authors of these books for the wonderful research work they did on the great Mughals. personally I am very much into the timur descendants and this series has provided an opportunity to learn more about them the fun way.
    the ‘ruler of the world’ would have been better if Akbar and hira bai love story was fictionised. otherwise with loads of political drama the books provided an awesome adventure.
    a double. Triple read for me!!

  43. Raja says:

    Hi Alex,
    Once you finish Mughal series with ” Aurangzeb” could you consider writing Book(s) on Peoples who ruled India Before Babar invaded us !!!!
    You can write about Lodi dynsasty, the kilji dynasty, Timbur, Ghazani, Mohammad Gori, Tuglaq dynasty, PrivithiRaj Chauhan, etc.
    It would be as fascinating as the Mughals series.
    Please have a thought on it; as you once said you’re in love with Delhi.
    Bye.

    1. diana says:

      Hi!,

      Nice to hear from you and many thanks for the suggestions. You’re right – there’s such a rich seam of history to mine and I’ll certainly think about it. One of my favourite things to do in Delhi is to stroll through the Lodi Gardens towards dusk.

      very best wishes
      Alex

  44. Shreehari says:

    Just finished reading The Serpent’s Fiction..what a marvellous way to merge both history and fiction into a single breathtakingly coherent narrative! I am a huge fan of yours, Alex Rutherford..every moment spent in awaiting the release of the sixth book now feels like eternity!

    1. diana says:

      Hi and thank you for your lovely comments which are much appreciated. Really hope you enjoy book no 6!

      Very best wishes
      Alex R.

  45. Ashrit says:

    Hello Alex,
    The series is brilliant. Sure to buy the latest one, when its released! I was surprised to find that the “Nava Ratna” or the “Nine Gems” of Akbar’s court weren’t included. Is the Nava Ratna (consisting of Birbal, whose stories are very popular in India) just a fiction? Could you write about the happenings in south India ( the Cholas, Pandyas, etc.) ?

    1. diana says:

      Hi and many thanks for your comments. I’m really pleased you like the series. On Birbal and the Nava Ratna, they indeed existed and are not just fiction. The reason I didn’t include Birbal or the others apart from Abul Fazl was just lack of space. Akbar’s life and reign were so rich and diverse that I couldn’t cover everything however much I wanted to …

      Thanks for your ideas about writing about southern Indian history which I’ll certainly think about when the sixth Moghul book is written.

      cheers and thanks again for contacting me
      Alex

  46. Swapnil says:

    When is the 6th book expected to come out?
    I have really enjoyed all the books in the series so far.

    1. diana says:

      Hi and many apologies for taking so long to reply. Book number six should be out in the spring of 2015. I really hope you enjoy it.

      very best wishes
      Alex

      1. Amol Joglekar says:

        Hi Alex,

        First of all, why are you taking so long for the 6th book. I am dying to get my hands on it.

        I really wish, you write a book on Shivaji the great. His life is full of adventures. I am sure you can do justice to him.

        Best Regards
        Amol

        1. diana says:

          HI Amol,

          I’m so sorry it’s taken me all this time to reply to you but I’ve been much on the move these past weeks. Yes, Shivaji is a superb character to write about and I’ll certainly try to do justice to his achievements and the dramatic times in which he lived. It’s taking time because the story is so rich but I promise it’ll be out next year!

          I really appreciate your interest in the series,

          with very best wishes
          Alex

  47. Towhid says:

    I have just finished the fourth part (the tainted throne) few days ago and eagerly waiting for the next one(the serpent’s tooth) and very much excited by hearing the news of releasing the sixth installment of the series.

    1. diana says:

      Hi, It’s great you’ve been enjoying the books. Number six should be out next year – researching the events – and personalities – of that period is proving fascinating …

      with very best wishes
      Alex

  48. R.Balaraman says:

    I have read the five books of the Mughal series. It has indeed a pleasure for me to have read these well researched books. These books took me back in time and I could visualize the historical events as described in your books. That is an experience I enjoyed immensely.
    I have been awaiting the next book on Aurangazeb for quite sometime. Would it be during 2004 – since I notice that you mentioned ‘next year’ recently.
    Please also let me know if you intend to write, later, on Chandraguptha Maurya. In any case I would certainly read any book from you.
    With regards
    R Balaraman

  49. Nishant Kalley says:

    I have read all the series from Raiders from the North to Serpents tooth (Shahjahan). I eagerly waiting for the last edition, I believe on Aurangzeb. May I know whether it has been launched or still in the pipeline.

    1. diana says:

      Hi,

      I’m really so pleased you’ve enjoyed the books. Number six is indeed coming – it should be out next spring and I really hope you like it.

      cheers
      Alex

  50. Rohan says:

    Hi Alex,

    I have read all the books of Moghul Series. It was a great feeling to experience the journey of these moghuls from Babur upto Shah Jahan. I am eagerly awaiting the sixth book based on Aurangzeb. Just a question as to by what time is the sixth book going to be published as i just cant wait to get hold of it..???

    Thanks and Regards

    Rohan

    1. diana says:

      Hi Rohan,

      Thanks for your kind comments.I think you’re absolutely right to describe the Moghul story as a journey – that’s how I’ve always felt about it. Number six will be out next spring. There’ll be a press release about it nearer the time.

      very best wishes and thanks again for your enthusiasm
      Alex

  51. Mandeep says:

    I really enjoyed reading all of your five books and eagerly awaiting the sixth.
    However, I was a bit disappointed with the 3rd book Ruler of the World on Akbar. I was expecting information on his Navratnas (nine-jewels) which included Tansen and Birbal (among others) but was shocked to find no mention of them at all. Also in your 4th book The Tainted Throne you have no mention of how the fifth Sikh Guru Arjan was tortured and killed on Jahangir’s orders.
    It would be great if you could include more details about Aurangzeb’s conflict with the Sikh Gurus in your upcoming book.

    Overall excellent job … keep up the good work!

    1. diana says:

      Hi and thank you for your comments. I entirely understand your points about the AKbar book. It was such a big story that some things had to go. Perhaps on reflection Akbar deserved had two novels, not one, about his life?

      I really hope you like book six when it comes out.
      very best wishes
      Alex

  52. Priyankara says:

    Hi Alex- I’ve read and enjoyed all your books tremendously. I remember a poem from school about Aurangzeb at his father’s bier, whcih I’m posting here in case you aren’t already familiar with it. Unfortunately I’ve lost the book and most of it is from memory, in fact one line in the middle I’ve lost completely. I can’t find it on the internet either (frist time google faile dme) Here’s the rest:

    The monarch lay upon his bier,
    sconces were burning low
    As through the lofty arches streamed
    the setting sun’s red glow,
    Still grasped he in his hand the blade
    which well fought fields had won
    And Aurangzeb beside him knelt;
    Usurper, proud and son.

    Remorse had stricken his false heart
    and quenched his wonted fire
    With gloomy brow and look intent
    he gazed upon his sire,
    ……
    hot tears burst from his eyes
    As thus his grief found vent in words
    to the warrior trains surprise

    “Father thou were the goodliest king
    that e’er the scepter swayed,
    How could I then lift up my hand
    against thee undismayed?
    How could I send thee here to pine,
    usurp the peacock throne
    O had I perished in the womb
    that deed were left undone.

    Look all is changed that was estranged
    awake my sire, my king,
    Look soldiers in their war array
    thy son in fetters bring,
    Thy rebel son who will abide
    thy word whate’er it be
    And fearless meet the rack or steel;
    rise up once more and see.

    Thou will not hear, thou will not speak;
    it is the last long sleep.
    And am I not a king myself
    what mean these stirrings deep,
    O foolish eyes what means this rheum,
    I will not call them tears
    My heart which nothing ere could daunt
    is faint with boding fears.

    The past appears! a checkered field
    Of guilt and shame and war,
    What evil influence ruled my birth,
    What swart malignant star?
    Why did I barter peace of mind
    For royal pomp and state?
    Mad for the baleful meteor’s gleam
    With worldly joys elate

    Remembered voices speak my name
    and call me parricide
    The murdered Dara beckons me,
    he was thy joy and pride.
    And thus I fling the dear bought crown
    but whither can I fly?
    The awful thought still follows me
    that even kings will die….

    1. diana says:

      Dear Priyankara,

      What a hauntingly beautiful poem. I can’t thank you enough for sending it. I think the author is the Bengali writer Hur Chunder Dutt? I am tryingg to find a collection of his works so I can read some more.

      with very best wishes and once again my thanks for taking so much trouble

      Alex

      1. Priyankara says:

        Hi Alex,
        No problem – I knew you would appreciate it! If you do find Hur Chunder Dutt’s works, please let me know, I am passionaltely fond of historical poetry. I’m looking forward to Book 6 as I’m sure Aurangzeb’s story will involve his struggle with the Marathas and I live in Pune, which as you know was one of the strongholds of Shivaji’s empire. We’ve also seen several of Shivaji’s forts in and around Pune; if you venture this far south you must see them, well worth the effort.

        Regards,
        Priyankara

        1. diana says:

          Hi again Priyankara,

          I’ll certainly let you know if I find Hur Chunder Dutt’s collected works anywhere. You’re absolutely right that the 6th book does cover Aurangzeb’s conflict with the Marathas and I hope very much to see the forts you mention on one of my next visits.

          with very best wishes to you
          Alex

  53. Aparna says:

    Hi Alex
    I have read books on the Mughals before. But never have they become such real, living, breathing characters. Never have their stories been so gripping and exciting. Thank you for that.
    I wanted to know when your 6th book is coming out. My grandmother and I are both waiting for it. If you could give us a date, that would at least give our excitement some certainty.

    Aparna

    1. diana says:

      Hi Aparna,

      I’m so delighted that you and your grandmother are enjoying the books. Number six comes out next spring. I’ll put details on the website nearer the time and really hope that you like it when it comes out.

      with very best wishes and thanks for your appreciation of the series
      Alex

  54. ritika jain says:

    Dear Alex,
    I’m a very passionate reader and love to read anything.. except my course books.
    Thank you for writing the moghul age in a story form. Being an Indian, earlier I din’t know so much about my own country’s history. Once I started reading your books, I was oblivion to the world. Your writing took me from the cool lush gardens of Kashmir to the rich mines in deccan, from the mosquito infested swamps of Bengal to the busy markets of Kabul. It feels like I’ve lived through history, sitting in the throne room, experiencing Akbar’s sun like glory, Salim’s doubts and fear, Hamida’s wise decisions and advice, Nur Mahal’s cunningness and ambition for the throne, rebellions from your own blood, throne or coffin.
    I clung on to every word like my life depended on it, on every page my excitement would mount up and adrenal pump. I could see the blood spilled on battlefield, could smell the fragrance from the haram and how vassals were rewarded generously. And for this experience, I thank you.
    I learnt more than my history teacher could have taught me at the age of 14, honestly.
    I’m eager to read your forth coming novels and wish you all the best.

    Your keen reader,
    Ritika

  55. Ritika Jain says:

    Hi Alex,
    I’ve read all your books and it has given me more knowledge than my history teachers could have ever given me. Being an Indian, I was not even aware of our own history. Through you books, I’ve travelled from the gardens of Kashmir to the mines of Deccan, the swamps of Bengal to the rich markets of Kabul. I’ve witnessed Babur’s battle of Hindustan, Humayun’s true love, Akbar’s glorious reign, Salim’s doubts and fears, Khurram’s twist in life and Aurangzeb’s imprisonment from his own grandfather as a part of Nur Mahal’s plans. From your books I’ve seen the orange clad Rajputs, the green banner of the Moghuls, the eagerness and ambitious rebels and soldiers bravely fighting for their king. In your books, I felt the heat of the deserts, the cool sip of sherbet from the mountains, the smell of decaying heads and the fragrance of the haram. How people were ruthlessly killed and traitors made a sample of how disloyalty would not be tolerated and how loyal subjects and vassals were rewarded beyond measure. When I read your books, my eyes light up as Salim’s did when he first saw the treasury. I grip on to every word , and every page gets my adrenal pumped. When I start reading, I become oblivion to the world.
    So thank you, for writing this amazing series and there has not been a single chapter which I haven’t enjoyed.
    I wish you all the best in your next projects and hope to hear soon from you.
    Cheers!
    Ritika jain

    1. diana says:

      Hi Ritika,

      Thanks for your lovely comments about the series which I much appreciate. NUmber 6 – about Aurangzeb – comes out next spring but after that I’m not sure what next …

      with very best wishes and thank you again for your enthusiasm
      Alex PS delighted that the places where the action happens as well as the personalities have struck a chord with you!

  56. R.Balaraman says:

    Dear Alex,
    The set of five books I read of the Moghuls is the most cogent, comprehensive and interesting sequel of the Moghuls I have read. I am awaiting the sixth on Aurangazeb for quite sometime….. rather impatiently.
    Some day soon I am hoping that the BBC or some other producer will come out with a documentary on your series – on the lines of the “TUDORS” which is one of the best documentaries I have seen.
    My congratulations to you on the remarkable research and presentation on the Moghuls.
    Regards
    R.Balaraman

    1. diana says:

      Dear Mr. Balaraman,

      How kind of you to write. Thank you for remarks about the series which are much appreciated. Number six – about Aurangzeb and just completed – comes out in spring 2015. I hope you enjoy it!

      with very best wishes
      Alex

  57. Abhay Misra says:

    Eagerly awaiting the book on Aurengzeb. I am sure it will be as gripping and real as the previous books. they would form the basis of perception about the great moghuls in India

    1. diana says:

      Hi, thanks for your appreciation and many apologies for taking so long to reply but things have been a bit hectic. The Aurangzeb book will be out next spring and I really hope you enjoy it.
      cheers
      Alex

  58. Subham Biswas says:

    Hello Alex,
    I have really enjoyed your books on the Great Mughals. Your works are one of the bests I have ever read. I have felt the adventures and the hardships through your books. I am impatient about the sixth book but would it be your last book in the series? I mean I know that the first six were the greatest Mughal emperors but there were other numerous Mughals in the timeline. Some important events happened in their reigns like the loss of the Peacock Throne, British invasion (no offense made), the Great Uprising and the end of their rule. But that’s entirely your decision though and I really enjoyed your books. I am 16 and want to become a novelist one day and I want to be as good a writer as you.

    1. diana says:

      Hello and how nice to hear from you. Im so glad you have enjoyed the books and that you are thinking of taking up writing. Thank you for your suggestions about further books for the Empire of the Moghul series. With number six about to go into production for publication next spring it’s indeed time to ponder ‘what next’ and I’ll certainly think about scope for taking the series on thro’ as you say some important (and draramatic) times.

      with very best wishes to you
      Alex

      1. Subham Biswas says:

        Hi Alex,
        I just wanted to know what would be the title for the sixth book on Aurangzeb… I am really impatient when it comes to reading a great book. Do you visit India often? I wish I could meet you in person.

  59. Sachin Nemawarkar says:

    Hi Alex,

    I am a big fan of your writing. We used to read these stories as mere historical events. You’ve given life to these stories, these characters. You have given them flash and blood and made them alive. These books take me to a different world altogether where i can relive each and every scene that you have depicted. I believe this is one of the strength any writer would love to have. I really believe that , these books can be converted in to motion pictures. they will surely top the Hollywood charts. you must have thought about it and if not please think. It will help getting these stories even to a wider audience.
    on a separate note , i believe Shivaji, chatrsal and Sikh guru played an equal part during moghul era. Shivaji and Sambhaji fought big wars against shahjahan and Aurangzeb(alamgir). It would be great to see these characters too, interwoven in your next book.
    All the very best, looking forward to your sixth book.

    1. diana says:

      Hi and thank you for writing to me. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the books so much. Like you. i’d love to see them turned into films, who knows it might happen … Shivaji and Sambhaji indeed feature in the next book in the saga which comes out next spring. I’d love to hear what you think about it.

      all best
      Alex

  60. Prithvi says:

    Hi Alex/Diana. I think you owe me lots of royalties for recommending your book to all and sundry! :-)
    Ok, jokes apart, when are you going to publish your book on Aurangzeb? After Baber, I wanted to read about Akbar and Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb especially as his legacy still defines india’s religious divides which Akbar fought so hard against. Please please please publish it soon but not at the cost of contents/ research.
    And someone earlier has mentioned, Aurangzeb deserves 2 books and don’t finish the series but continue till 1857, maybe in 2 or 3 more books. We in India only remember Bahadur shah zafar after Aurangzeb , but there must’ve been some truly interesting idiots in between.

    1. diana says:

      Hi and many thanks for your comments. Number six about Aurangzeb – Traitors in the Shadows’ – will be out in April/May. As you say, it’s a big, big story so I left myself longer to write it, hence the delay … As for what next, I’m not sure but I must admit to being tempted to carry the story on through the 18th and into the 19th centuries. There’s certainly plenty of drama and of personalities to match!

      with very best wishes
      Alex

  61. Assem Khan says:

    Hi Alex,

    I have finished reading “Raiders from the North” & Im currently reading “Brothers at War”. Ive loved history always & thanks to your books I am able to enjoy my passion about history. May Allah bless you for all the compilation! It might have taken quite a while to compose this & see from your website you have traveled to Samarkhand! Your books speak like I do & you seem to live the life which I dream of. Thank you for the books :)
    All the best!

    1. diana says:

      Hi Assem,

      Many thanks for your message. I’ve been three times in Samarkand. Each time I found something new to admire and that helped me understand better what motivated and inspired the Moghuls, Babur in particular.

      With very best wishes to you and thanks for your appreciation of my work.
      Alex

  62. Niki says:

    Hi Alex,

    I have read all the five books and just loved them.
    The best historical fiction I have ever read.
    Eagerly waiting for the next one.

    Niki

    1. diana says:

      Hi Niki,

      Thanks so much for your comments which I really appreciate. Number six, ‘Traitors in the Shadows’ comes out in April/May.

      very best wishes
      Alex

  63. Varun Hirlekar says:

    This is one of the most epic book series I have ever read in my life. The depth of detail and the amount of research done just amazed me.

    Indian history has been underplayed/ ignored/ mocked at in the West – India might be one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world but traditionally people in the west have always looked at the Arab/ Chinese civilizations with curiosity, but never at Indian.

    your series really does give a broad perspective and a very interesting entry to Indian history not only to Western readers but also to Indian readers.

    Thank you once again for such an immensely interesting series and I will watch out for the next book in the series.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Varun,

      Thank you for your lovely comments about the series which are truly appreciated. Number six – Traitors in the Shadows – will be out in April. Hope you like it too!

      all best
      Alex

  64. Rahul says:

    Best book ever read. I am eagerly waiting for sixth. Keep it up.

    1. diana says:

      Hi and thanks! Your encouragement is greatly appreciated.

      Alex.

  65. Rounak says:

    Hi Alex,
    I am a huge fan of your series. It is truly a work of genius and your writing brings all the rulers of the moghul dynasty to life. I am anxiously looking forward to the sixth book of the series. It is going to be a huge success like all your previous writings.

  66. Raja Iyengar says:

    Hi Authors,

    The ‘Empire of the Moghuls’ series has been fascinating!!!!

    I have read all the 5 books in the series and I have started the second reading now (impatiently waiting for the 6th). I sincerely hope this series never ends. I am eagerly waiting for release of the 6th ‘Traitors in the Shadows’ to be released in April, 2015.

    I also hope you will dedicate one book on the last mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, who was also a great poet and the history of the first war of Indian independence, 1957.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘The Last Mughal’ by William Dalrymple…but can’t wait to read your fictionalised version of the same story.

    Hope you will continue the good work and also start a series other dynasties in the Indian History like the Gupta Dynasty and Maurya Dynasty.

    Looking forward eagerly for your kind response

    Raja Iyengar

    1. diana says:

      Hi Raja,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for your ideas for taking the series forward … exactly what we’re currently thinking about and we’ll certainly bear your suggestions in mind.

      all best
      ‘Alex’

  67. rahul says:

    Best book ever read.
    Awaiting for the 6 book.
    Keep it up.

    1. diana says:

      Hi and thanks so much!
      cheers
      Alex

  68. Sulomi says:

    When shall the sixth book be available to read??

    1. diana says:

      Hi and many apologies for taking so long to reply but I’ve been travelling. Traitors in the Shadows should be out in May.
      All best
      Alex

  69. Ankit says:

    I finished reading the 5th book yesterday. Although I’m not a reader but finished the 5 book series in less than a month.. You guys are truly exepctional. Can’t wait for the sixth one..

    1. diana says:

      Hi and thanks for your very kind comments. Really hope you like number six!
      cheers
      ‘Alex’

  70. Arpit says:

    The excitement with which I turn the pages of each of these books, never felt that before for any book which could portray the actual emotions that might have been felt by the rulers at that point of time. Loved all the books. Being a hardcore fan of Indian history, I love reading all the books related to this topic. Came across this wonderful series by the end of 2013 ( curse me for that ! ). Finished off all the 5 books with in 2 weeks. and have read them all over again once more…. I can picture myself sitting on top of one of the horses when any prince/king is going to war. I can feel the pain that a betrayal can cause… The emotions that Alex wants to convey are very well received and felt.. :)

    Can’t wait to have the final chapter of the Moghul/Mughal history. Highly anticipating.

    Any specific period of time when can we expect it to be available in India ?

    ( I hope you keep coming up with books of such kind relating to Indian History after finishing with the Moghul series. )

    Exceptional writing.

    1. diana says:

      Hi Arpit,

      Thank you for your enthusiasm and appreciation which mean a lot. Number six – Traitors in the Shadows – should be out in May.

      very best wishes
      Alex ps still thinking about ‘what next …’

  71. rahul says:

    when will the last book about Aurangzeb release

    1. diana says:

      Hi Rahul,

      Traitors in the Shadows should be out in May.

      very best wishes
      Alex

  72. Bidyut Ghatak says:

    In one of the books from the “Empire of the Moghul” series, I got a flyer informing about a to-be-published book on Chandragupta Mourya by Alex Rutherford. But not getting any information about it since then.

    1. diana says:

      Hi,

      My next book will be ‘Traitors in the Shadows’ – number six Empire in the Empire of the Moghul series – which launches in India on 14 May. After that I’m not sure what next …

      very best wishes and thanks for your interest
      Alex

  73. Shubham says:

    Hi Diana and Michael,
    I Always a deep interest in mughal history…and Ur books have always been a great
    source of information about the mughals.Heard about the launch of the latest part traitors in the shadows….when it will be available in India?

    1. diana says:

      Hi, nice to hear from you. It will be out next month in India – 14 May. Hope you like it!
      very best wishes
      ‘Alex’

  74. Nikhil says:

    Congratulations for your success for the release- of your sixth book in the series : Traitors in the Shadows- in India.
    I am a very big fan of your writing.
    I’ve enjoyed reading all your books including ‘Traitors in the Shadows’ (which is indeed a masterpiece)
    It would be great for the readers worldwide if you write prequels for the series like that of Timur or Genghis Khan.
    People know very less about them.
    Loads of best wishes!

    1. diana says:

      Hi.I’m so glad you enjoying are Traitors in the Shadows. And thank you so your suggestions about ‘what next’ which are very timely. Like you I’m very intrigued by the Moghuls’ ancestors and maybe that is the path to take …

      very best wishes
      Alex

  75. Rahul Bonde says:

    You are awesome, no words for your book . Full of thrill, suspense,love ,drama,action,ambition and every feeling of human life . I read all the six books. While reading your books one can visualise the scene. You are genius . A set of books which must be on every readers shelf .Thanks for creating such awesome literature. :)

    1. diana says:

      Hi Rahul,

      Wow! So glad you like the books so much … Thank you for your appreciation.

      very best wishes
      Alex

  76. Rangona says:

    From d vry beginning of reading history, I’d been attracted towards this mesmerizing dynasty of the Mughals….???So I searched books regarding this topic, I gotta Alex Rutherford’s empire of d moghul series…..I read about Emperor Babur….& later I got addicted towards it….Day & Night only Alex Rutherford is mine…..Gradually I read all the books of this series & gathered a huge knowledge on the Mughals….The stories r threaded in such a way that it is quite impossible 2 leave a single line..☺☺?…But my question to my Respected author is dat—-why have they defined Salim’s mother as “Hira Bai”??? & recorded her life in such a brief time?? it seems DAT u have hurried about her life….plz answer to my question….??

    – yours sincerely Rangona?????

    1. diana says:

      Dear Rangona,

      Many thanks for your message. I’m really sorry its taken me so long to reply but I’ve been travelling. In novels like these, I do have to make choices about how much to include and in the case of ‘Hira Bai’ there’s so little real information to go on. But I’m really glad you’ve enjoyed the series!

      very best wishes
      Alex

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