'Deftly recreates the world of the Gupta Empire ... widely regarded as the golden period of classical India' - Sanjeev Sanyal461 CE.Skanda Gupta, the grandson of the great emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya, is at the helm of the still-mighty Gupta Empire. Brave, noble and a living legend, the emperor is fighting hard to save his legacy from wave after wave of invasion, intrigue and insurrection. The borders are restive; the palace is swirling with conspiracies; and the Huns are back.Into this cauldron steps Rohini - an enigmatic half-Hun runaway. She is a riddle Skanda cannot crack. Might she be an assassin, or a spy? Or has she come to the court with an agenda all her own? As ambition crosses swords with affection, Skanda and Rohini must learn a painful lesson: as in war, so in love, victory always comes at a price.The second book in the Gupta Empire Trilogy, The Poisoned Heart is a saga of tragic love, treachery and hard-won battles in the inner reaches of a once-mighty empire.
Nandini Sengupta is a Pondicherry based author of historical fiction. After a chance visit to the Ajanta caves and Kailash Temple Ellora in 2007, she became obsessed with India’s glittering past. She has written the best-selling Gupta Empire Trilogy published by HarperCollins India and the critically acclaimed The Blue Horse And Other Amazing Animals From Indian History published by Hachette India. She is also the author of the much loved The Story of Kalidasa: The Gem Among Poets by Goodearth Publications. She is currently writing her first non fiction historical biography