Review of The Peshwa: War of the Deceivers by Ram Sivasankaran.

Title: The Peshwa

Subtitle: War of the Deceivers

Author: Ram Sivasankaran

Book length: 500 pages

Format: Paperback Edition

Publisher: Westland


Seven years have passed since Peshwa Bajirao Bhat annihilated the Nizam’s armies at Fort Mandu. The two forces have been engaged in attacks and skirmishes ever since. Acting on the advice of his right-hand man, the mysterious Anaamik Dabhade, the Peshwa now sets about laying a trap to truly ensnare the Mughals, and break their might.

The Empire, of course, has methods of its own. And Nizam Ul Mulk is itching for an opportunity to exact revenge of the formidable Bajirao. With assassins, saboteurs and criminals infiltrating the Maratha lands, the Mughal Empire scores as many victories in the night as the Peshwa does during the day.

Meanwhile, in the far reaches of the country, set ablaze by the never-ending conflict between these major powers, a Sikh warlord, a Rajput king and a Bundela princess find themselves increasingly tangled up in the endgame that will determine the very course of history. It is a battle of wits and skill, and the greatest deceiver of them all will prevail.


The Peshwa: War of the Deceivers is second part of the peshwa series by Ram Sivasankaran, the story continues the battle of wits of Peshwa Bajirao.

Though I haven’t read the first but it didn’t affected my reading experience at all, Infact the plot got me so intrigued.
I read thick books rarely but this is a delight of 500 pages which can’t be ignored.

The narration by the author kept me glued throughout the long reading phase and writing style is stunning. The plot has all elements to take us back to the past in that century and witness the history in imagination, like everything happening around.

Characters are well portrayed, though I am not sure about the authenticity of those characters but author has done a proper research about them which is quite visible in his description, each and every character seeks the attention of the reader, especially of Peshwa Bajirao with his discipline, fearlessness and the maratha person attitude in him.

Overall, the story is thrilling with twist and turns at the correct situation, it is a book which can be absorbed completely and that too in one read without putting it down, to an extent this book has generated my interest in reading more of historical fictions.

Thanks to writers melon for review copy in exchange of honest review.


I will rate it ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Peshwa: War of the Deceivers by Ram Sivasankaran

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