Some reviewers call this book a love story. But that is such a small part of it unless you want to classify the love of India as part of that love story. In which case, yes, it is most definitely a love story. But as far as romance, it's there, but is not the crux. First and foremost, this is a story of the uprising of India against the feringhi (foreigners) and here lies the turmoil: on which side does one belong when one belongs on neither side and yet both? And can one survive it?
I found this an engrossing
read and yet not a very cheerful one. The writing is 5 star but I found
it rather dark and depressing. So many people die... I'm not someone who
has to have a HEA (and this story does end well in case you're
wondering) but I DO need some light moments, SOME happiness. And there was
very little. Even the sweet moments were bitter-sweet. There are times
when you want to yell at the book, "NOOOOO"!!!!
I gave "Trade
Wind" 4 stars (because the hero left something to be desired) but in
actual fact I enjoyed that book more and after reading this I wanted to
go back and raise my rating for that story, but thats where it's so hard
to rate books. There's so much criteria to judge...do I judge based on
characters, story, writing skills or all of the above? Or just how much I
personally enjoyed it?
Anyway,if you're looking for
a realistic story of the Indian uprising written with amazing skill you
will love this. The characters have depth and there are so many twists
and turns which make for an exciting read. BUT, if you want a happy
little fairy tale that gives you pleasant dreams at night look
SEX: There's a sex scene which covers
one small paragraph. It is not graphic by any means but in my opinion it
is not suitable for YA readers.
LANGUAGE: Mild to moderate
depending on sensitivity.The 'N' word is used a few times (spoken by
people who were in no way heroes), some B's and D's.