The Palace of Illusions

The Palace of Illusions

A reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat—told from the point of view of an amazing woman.

Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.

The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

Title:The Palace of Illusions
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385515993
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  • Aastha

    I was intrigued as soon as I heard the plot of The Palace of Illusions, and I knew I was going to like it right away. I think Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni deserves three out of the five stars I gave her...

  • Em Lost In Books

    Fascinating retelling of Mahabharata from Draupadi's PoV but I did not like the parts where author took the liberty about Draupadi and Karan to the point where she kept blaming herself most for what h...

  • Richard Derus

    This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License....

  • Aditi

    “A woman is not a touch but a response to it” ----Pratibha RayChitra Banerjee Divakaruni, an Indian best selling novelist, has penned an extremely emotional and gripping mythological-cum-historic...

  • mentalexotica

    I don't know why I do this to myself. Why I bother with this author when book after book has been nothing but ... Wanting, for lack of a better word. The Mahabharata is my favorite story of all time. ...

  • Crystal

    Just a petty complaint:I'm in the middle of this book and have a strong enough sense of the story to be able to make a heart felt plea: enough of the blatant foreshadowing! It's as if the author has n...

  • Vani

    ‘Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni had been on my TBR list for years, but honestly, I wasn’t sure it was for me. As I review it today, I have only myself to blame. I was totally...

  • Sanjay

    A retelling of the Mahabharata from Draupadi's point of view sounds like it has much potential -- but this attempt is let down by trying to encompass all of the epic, and bringing in the stories of al...

  • Manpreet Kaur

    I am really happy I picked up this book.I was truly bored of Mahabharata retellings and I never intended to read more of those.I am glad I do for this book is a MUST READ.Written from Draupadi's persp...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    A rather disappointing read for me.No, it wasn't influenced by how much this book has been hyped ever since it got published and it's still the favourite of many.No, it wasn't influenced by too much e...