This wasn't to bad. I was up until the late night finishing this book, just had to get to the end.
The beginning moves along at a fast pace as we find ourselves drawn into the characters of the novel. I felt like I too was languishing on the howdah: the chatter of a thousand birds and the view of the dense overhanging trees so close I could touch them. India was in my soul.
Adventure was just around the corner - I could smell it.
So go the words flowing gracefully out before me. What exploration to be had, but by the middle of the book the pace turned somewhat slower. Was it plot development? Still moving, but more like a hot lazy summer day. I was hoping that maybe we could do without another scene on the wide platform swing as it flowed back and forth, but it was not to be.
Romance and intrigue were all around.
Unfortunately, one of the main character's personality changed midway through the book ; once being strong and courageous just seem to become weak and timid, did I miss the part where he became a eunuch, was it greed that drove him or just the author losing his way?
Would he redeem himself?
Nearing the end of the book, I was thinking about what new plots where to transpire between our characters, I hoped the journey would not stop, but for some reason part of the story just galloped in another direction. (No really, he went galloping in another direction)
Oh to be yearning for more.
The book was filled with some passionate people and deadly sins around every corner... I could hear there late night whispers amongst the grove of trees.
An exciting read if you don't mind some of the characters losing their way slightly in believability. I can't wait to continue my visit to India and the distance past in his next book.