Well, here I am with my review of the third book in the tri series by Alex Rutherford – Empire of the Moghul – Rulers of the World.
Whereas, the first two book focussed on the Babur and Humayun each individually, in this book, we have the author talking about both Akbar and Salim. Unlike, his predecessors, Akbar did not have to struggle all his life to establish his empire in India. He had a well established empire, which he through his intelligent ruling, expanded even further. He ruled a good part of India in true sense, unlike his father and grand father who could enjoy only a short period of rule.
So here in this book we see more of his personal life – his strained relationship with his wife Hirabai at first and then with his eldest son, Salim and his love for his grandson. We are also introduced to the frustration that Salim goes through when his father refuses to recognise his worth, treats Abu Fazl with more trust, and delays in announcing him as his successor.
The book makes for an interesting reading just like the two previous books of Alex Rutherford. I really wish that there were further books in this series so that we could know more about other rulers of the Mughal dynasty.