Ponniyin Selvan is Kalki R Krishnamurthy’s magnum opus, set in 10th century Tamil Nadu, exploring the early life of Emperor Rajaraja the 1st. It might have been written more than 60 years ago, but this saga is timeless, reeling in readers with a gripping plot interwoven with intrigue, conspiracies, mystery, romance and adventure. Fresh Floods is Book 1 of a total of five volumes.
Who is the rightful heir to the ancient Chozha throne? Will Madhuranthakar—son of the eldest son—or Aditha Karikalan—the grandson of the younger—wear the crown? And will justice prevail in this struggle for power?
Follow our young, enthusiastic hero Vallavarayan Vandhiyathevan on his fascinating journey, as this historical fiction based on real characters and incidents unfolds at a spell-binding pace, delving deep into human tendencies, desires, personal motives, political ambitions and the fight to gain power at all costs.
Whirlwinds, the exciting second part of Kalki R Krishnamurthy’s historic magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan, our hero Vallavarayan Vandhiyathevan’s adventures continue as he rides into marshy quagmires, befriends a mysterious girl, becomes the object of intense suspicion by the wily Pazhuvettarayars – and meets the hero of his dreams.
Meanwhile, Kundhavai Piratti, princess of the Chozha empire is thrown into confusion and outrage, while the beautiful but poisonous Nandhini Devi weaves more deceitful webs to ensnare her enemies. She will stop at nothing to bring about the downfall of the Chozhas … but will the scions of that royal clan escape in time?
Read on to find out as the epic continues.
Sword of Slaughter finds us at an exciting cliffhanger following the end of Book 2 – have Vandhiyathevan and Arulmozhi Varmar truly been saved? What of their fate in the land of their birth, Chozha Nadu? Are the Pazhuvettarayars truly stirring the country in a revolt against their favourite prince? Why does the alluring Nandhini Devi insist on meeting allies within crumbling palaces? Why does Madhuranthaka Thevar ride his stumbling horse through fields, on a rainy night? And why does Vanathi, that shrinking, timid violet, leave her charming mentor to go on a solitary journey?
Then, there are our old and trusted friends, whose fates are also unclear: is Sundara Chozhar still bedridden? What of the canny Anbil Aniruddhar and his cunning disciple, Azhwarkkadiyaan? And what of the light of the Chozhas, Princess Kundhavai herself? Read on, to find out.