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Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
Beneath a Marble Sky is a fictionalized account of the building of the Taj Mahal told through the eyes of Princess Johanara, daughter of Shah Jehan, the fifth Mughal emperor of Hindustan. The Shah's rule was one of tolerance for all his subjects and love for his family. Upon the death of his beloved wife in childbirth, the Shah falls deep into grief and orders the building of the Taj Mahal as memorial to his late wife. It's a decision that may tear both his family and his kingdom apart. While Johanara supervises the building of the Taj Mahal and falls in love with its architect, the oldest son struggles to prepare to someday take over for his father, and the youngest son becomes a violent, religious zealot intent on imposing his tyrannical views on the empire. John Shors' novel has received positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, [T]he book remains an absorbing novel about the extremes of passion - with much relevance for our own time."