Hello people, see I am back again. When I post, I post a lot and when I don’t, you won’t find me anywhere😂😂…well that’s me. But I must say, that I am trying new books and new genres this year thanks to Bookstagram and my book clubs that are helping me out a lot. This book was a random one that I picked up from the book fair and it was not so good but still, it was something worth reading once. So come along, and let’s check out the review, shall we???
Author: Jamila Gavin.
Publisher: Egmont Publishers Ltd.
Genre: Children’s Literature > Fiction.
Chapter: 10 Chapters.
Pages: 107 Pages.
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Publishing / Published: 1st April 2002.
Filippo has never met his father. Before he was born, his father, a jeweller, travelled to the court of the Great Moghul Emperor Shan Jehan. Twelve years later, a stranger, Signor Khan, arrives bringing a message. His father is held captive by the bandit Mir Baba and only the most valuable jewel, his masterpiece The Ocean of the Moon is worth enough to raise the ransom. Filippo must go with the stranger, into the foreign lands, to sell the jewel to Shah Jehan. But he goes with a secret: he is carrying a copy of the jewel, the real diamond is sewn into his scalp, beneath his hair. They are attacked almost as soon as they set out on their journey. The fake jewel is taken, and Filippo discovers Khan has betrayed him – he knew all along about the real jewel. They travel on to the Emperor’s court, where Khan tries to force Filippo to sell the jewel to the Grand Vizier, and Prince Aurangzeb puts him under house arrest. But when Filippo manages to meet Shah Jehan, the Emperor is delighted with The Ocean of the Moon and the plan of the Grand Vizier, in the pay of Aurangzeb, is thwarted. But these are dangerous men who will not give up. attack, kill Khan and Filippo flees for his life. Reaching the bandit stronghold, Filippo can only trade a small ring for his father, but it is enough. But worse is to come. His father has been driven mad by his captivity and dies on the journey home. Filippo is embittered, but finds his sadness healed when, years later, he returns to Hindustan with his brother. The Taj Mahal is a replica of The Ocean of the Moon, their father’s work has not been in vain.
Amazon: 💙4/5 Stars💙.
Goodreads: 💙3.4/5 Stars💙.
Abebooks: 💙3.5/5 Stars💙.Taken from respective sources.
This book was a nice read. I read it 2 months back but I must say that the writing style is still in my heart. The book was written so nicely and carved so beautifully. The story was also nice but I felt like something was lacking. The story was a little stretched and the description was very limited. I loved the idea and the uniqueness and the writing a lot. I didn’t enjoy the book a lot, to be honest, and a few parts felt lacking. The description of the ancient Mughal era and the richness of India was shown so nicely. Overall, this book was a nice read with a great writing style and beautifully researched book on Mughal Era.
So that’s it for today, I enjoyed reviewing this book, I will try to be back with more reviews and tags so be ready and until then…
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