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  1. Swati Daftuar Swati Daftuar says:

    A complete review of this book appears on my website The Booklegger Full Review HereI finished ueen of Ice sometime mid afternoon today and since then I've been sort of turning it around in my head testing suitable phrases and descriptions which fit best It's that kind of a book really It defies slottingFor one thing it doesn't really ualify as YA unless you want to take things literally I say this because when it begins it is about a young adult a 10th Century AD teenage princess almost completely unknown today A Google search throws up little You find a pretty unsatisfactory Wiki page which tells you the basic stuff about her rule in Kashmir and a bunch of images of the coins she issued it turns out that you can actually buy two of these coins which is awesome But uite funnily the seller doesn't ship to India Didda a name I absolutely loved and one that fit her perfectly is a casual line or paragraph in most history books virtually unknown And yet here she is with an entire novel written on her and it still doesn't feel like enough Her life even without the embellishments fiction might bring is fascinating eventful exciting There is so much to Didda her lameness her father's contempt her fierce love for her friends her frightening single mindedness her touching vulnerability and ultimately her defiance


  2. Payal Payal says:

    I doubt there's a contemporary author who does historical fiction as well as Devika Rangachari A fictionalised account albeit based on facts of the ambitious and ruthless ueen Didda from tenth century Kashmir the story is narrated by ueen Didda herself and her close companion Valga I found Valga's narration an effective foil to Didda's I felt that the story moved too fast and would have liked a longer book but otherwise it was a gripping read One of those books that you finish in one sitting


  3. Sankalpita (bookGeeks India) Sankalpita (bookGeeks India) says:

    ueen of Ice is a book based on the real story of a 10th century Kashmiri ueen She finds mention in the famous “Rajatarangini” written by Kalhana “Didda” as she was known to one and all was born into the ancient kingdom of Lohara as daughter to the King SimharajaRead the full review here


  4. Rachita Joshi - The queen of books Rachita Joshi - The queen of books says:

    It was a retelling of the history of jammu and Kashmir The book was written from the point of view of three people ueen Didda her friend Naravahana and Valga It was very well written in such a way that the history was no longer boring ueen Didda is extremely ambitious and brave Valga has always been by her side Do try this


  5. Madhulika Liddle Madhulika Liddle says:

    This is a fictionalized account of the life of the 10th century Kashmiri ueen Didda Devika Rangachari uses a two narrator techniue to tell Didda's story one is Didda herself and the other is Valga a woman who carries the lame Didda around and is a friend and confidant than just a porter Through the alternating voices of Didda and Valga we read the story of how the lame Didda unwanted daughter of the King of Lohara was married to Kshemagupta the King of Kashmir and how over a period of fifty odd years first as regent and then as ruler in her own right Didda became a powerful much respected ueenI loved the way Rangachari manages to stay true to the character of her heroine Didda may be a heroine but she is a flawed heroine capable of being swayed by poisonous words She makes horrendous mistakes she even deliberately does some truly reprehensible deeds Despite that she comes across as a fascinating character very flesh and blood ambitious and power seeking yet also genuinely interested in the welfare of her people and not without a conscience The historical note at the end of the book is very interesting too Rangachari explains her source Rajtarangini and how her depiction of Didda is based on that Not just Didda but other characters too like Valga Naravahana Kshemagupta etc it was interesting to see how Rangachari uses historical fact to write fiction to build at times a character out of what was just a fleeting mention in an ancient chronicle


  6. Mariyah Haji Mariyah Haji says:

    This was one of my very first historical fiction novels A friend gifted it to me as a going away present when I was 9 and moving cities it has remained with me ever since The story of ueen Didda is a beautiful and heart wrenching one This simply told tale of the powerful iron willed ueen through her struggles in a cutthroat court is truly inspiring The relationships she forms the decisions she made both good and terrible keep you hooked In personality the ueen was portrayed not as some distant goddess but as inevitably human She struggles with jealousy shame and anger She is arrogant and easy to dislike at times However this only serves to show the reader what it took in those times to survive especially as a cripple and a woman in those times Most the characters in this book are well rounded and strongly built I strongly recommend this book especially for younger readers


  7. Rama Ramaswamy Rama Ramaswamy says:

    Devika Rangachari stellar job of bringing to our notice a heroine from ancient India and writing a book on her life fictional account maybe but based on facts I had never heard of this ruler; a Wikipedia search shows very less information which I feel has been updated by someone after reading this book ; It's a very well written book which I wouldn't necessarily categorise as YA I will encourage my 8 year old to read it It's an inspiring account of a lame princess who shunned by everyone believed in her destiny which promised her a name in history It has lessons of loyalty friendship morals tragedy ruthlessness courage and the importance of belief in oneselfI hope Devika has written such books I will be looking out for


  8. Archana Purohit Archana Purohit says:

    35 stars Found it especially interesting because of the context we hardly know anything about these characters in the medieval India And this is a well written book which keeps you thoroughly engrossed with unexpected happenings Loved the way in which Didda's character has been shown with shades of grey What I felt lacking was Didda's perspective on the unsavoury events the reasons according to her behind her decisions and also I felt her greatness in holding together the kingdom does not come through in the writing May be the threats and her strategies could have been elaborated but overall an unexpectedly good read


  9. Nadine Nadine says:

    Fascinating and very well researched Engrossing kept me reading non stop It is a skill to convey so much about power and greed and its nuances in language that was not complicated and to keep it accessible to this age group I am hoping that the students who read this would be piued to find out


  10. Shraddha Shraddha says:

    The book was a good read albeit a slightly bleak one probably owing to the life and times of the protagonist It definitely bring alive a piece of history through really interesting narrators I enjoyed reading it


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Queen of Ice ➶ Queen of Ice Download ✤ Author Devika Rangachari – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Didda princess of Lohara is beautiful intelligent and lameDespised by her father and bullied by his heir Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future bleakWhen she is married off to the dissolute r Didda princess of Lohara is beautiful intelligent and lameDespised by her father and bullied by his heir Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future bleakWhen she is married off to the dissolute ruler of Kashmira she must learn to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies But Didda is Queen of PDF or no ordinary ueen Ruthless and ambitious she wants to rewrite history Will she succeedueen of Ice is a compulsive read that brings alive the turbulent history of tenth century Kashmir with an exuisite balance of fact and fiction This is award winning author Devika Rangachari’s finest novel yetFictionRs wwwduckbillinCover illustration Tejashree IngawleYounger ReadersMiddle ReadersYoung Adultsueen of IceDevika RangachaRiDevika RangachaRiueen of IceDevika RangachaRiDevika RangachaRiyDidda Princess of Lohara is beautiful intelligent—and lame Despised by her father and bullied by his heir Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future bleak When she is married off to the dissolute ruler of Kashmira she must learn to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies But Didda is no ordinary ueen Ruthless and ambitious she wants to rewrite history Will she succeedueen of Ice is a compulsive read that brings alive the turbulent history of tenth century Kashmir with an exuisite balance of fact and fiction This is award winning author Devika Rangachari’s finest novel yetueen IceDidda Didda wwwduckbillinhttptheduckbillblogwordpresscom THE AUTHOR Devika Rangachari is an award winning children’s writer who is also pursuing her post doctoral research in Indian history from the University of DelhiDevika is extremely fond of historical fiction and is usually wandering somewhere in the past She reads than she writes until friendly yet stern editors feed her copious uantities of chocolate and tell her to get started At this point her nephew and niece chivvy her into being focused—the one by counting aloud the number of words and the other by pouncing on stray grammatical errors Once the book is done Devika floats gently back into the world of history.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 131 pages
  • Queen of Ice
  • Devika Rangachari
  • English
  • 02 August 2016