In the fourteenth century, any kingdom with riches had always been the target for every other powerful empire. With an eye of greed and overpowering the kingdom, everyone strategises to find a loophole and grab the wealth and rule over it. Gods, Kings & Slaves: The Siege of Madurai is a historical novel about the growth of the kingdom Madurai and the wars. Written by R. Venketesh, the book portrays the life, political issues and wartime affairs that grow as a result of both external and internal conflicts.
The Pandyan Empire of Madurai in the southern part of the peninsular India is on the peak of its success, with wealth and riches that attracts everyone in any part of India. Peace and harmony prevail in the Madurai as Prince Veera Pandyan reigns the richest nation of the subcontinent. But certain fractures grow within the kingdom as he has made his step-brother, Sundar, deprived of any power or rights on the throne. Since then, other internal issues start to create cracks and weaken the stronghold that the kingdom has had. Apart from this, the riches has attracted attention from many other kingdoms, inviting troubles from other nations. It has even reached the northern side of the continent, Delhi. Malik Kafur, a trusted general of Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi has his eyes gazing upon the riches in the south. Known for his evil mind and ambitiousness, he is known to have remained undefeated by any of the empires, even the like of Mongols. This hunger for power and a thirst for the wealth have determined him to take down the Pandyan Empire and rule over Madurai.
As you read through, you will feel the lust for blood, revenge and merciless killings. With various bloodshot, treacherous and extremely violent battles, the book takes you through the wicked politics just to get to the throne of the Pandyan Empire.
R. Venketesh is known for his historical novels based on the south Indian history. He is a bilingual author who has written three novels in Tamil before his first and only English book till date. Kaviri Mainthan and Kanji Tharagai are two of his famous Tamil novels. You can order online the paperback edition published by Hachette India with the ISBN-10: 9350095866 and ISBN-13: 978-9350095867.