As the seventeenth century dawns, the vast Moghul Empire finally encompasses the entire Indian subcontinent. But despite controlling unimaginable wealth and ruling over a quarter of the world's population, the Moghul dynasty finds itself in increasing peril. Devastated by the death of his beloved wife, the once ruthless Shah Jahan has all but abandoned his throne. Where he should be protecting his power, he has instead devoted himself to constructing the elaborate Taj Mahal, a tribute to his wife's memory. Aging, ill and blinded by grief, the Shah cannot see the enmity building between his own sons—ambitious hatred so strong it could bring down the entire empire.
Accurate and compelling, Alex Rutherford's The Serpent's Tooth is filled with strikingly human characters and heart pounding action, bringing India's bloody history to life.
St. Martin's Press; May 2015
- ISBN 9781466872882
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: The Serpent's Tooth
- Author: Alex Rutherford
Imprint: Thomas Dunne Books
In The Press
“A tale of ambition, power and death. The book is definitely a must read if not for anything but to get a feel of India's past.” —Post Noon (India) on The Tainted Throne
“This series has developed into a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of a great and glorious dynasty. Bloody battles, brutal killings and treachery--what more could you ask for?” —The Historical Novels Society on Ruler of the World
“The hand-to-hand combat pulsates with heroic vigor and plentiful gore, sure to entertain fans, and the climax paves the way for the next epic entry.” —Publishers Weekly on A Kingdom Divided
About The Author
ALEX RUTHERFORD is the pen name for Diana and Michael Preston whose nonfiction has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Science and Technology Prize and been praised worldwide. They are also the authors of Raiders from the North, A Kingdom Divided, Ruler of the World and The Tainted Throne. They live in London.