SIGIRIYA: A Tale of Grandeur, Love & Tragedy Book Preview

Palace intrigue, passion, deceit, betrayal, and tragedy—this is the story of King Kasyapa and his beloved Sigiriya.

Born of a village girl and a warrior king, he is denied the crown because of his inferior birth - but is forced to become king. Accused of murdering his father, he abandons his capital and builds a new city in the inhospitable forests of Sri Lanka. There, he lives in a spectacular sky palace atop a massive rock two hundred meters high. It is also the story of Amira, a beautiful girl from Afghanistan who is only twelve years old when she is sold into slavery. At eighteen, she is traded for a hundred pearls from Sri Lanka. Arriving at her new home, she is trained as a concubine in Kasyapa’s harem and becomes his favorite consort. Set fifteen hundred years ago, this compelling novel weaves historical facts into a remarkably entertaining story of fate, dangerous alliances, enduring friendships, and forbidden love.

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Sunday Observer
Rating: 5/5

The author humanizes Kasyapa and helps us understand the man, the world he lived in, his motivations and demons, and the passion that drove him to build Sigiriya over 1500 years ago. Though this book is a work of historical fiction, based on true events and people, the dialogue and characters are skillfully executed. Individual personalities, linguistic nuances, and internal motivations are unique to each character. Not only is this difficult to achieve in historical fiction, but it requires a particularly high level of skill in a work with as many important figures as this one. For this, Ponnamperuma should be applauded.
- Sunday Observer 22 September, 2019

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Rating: 5/5

"What I loved most in this fascinating novel is the vividness with which he describes historical figures and events. A great read :)"

Chrissie H
Rating: 5/5

"An interesting and passionate story set in ancient Ceylon, about the magnificent Sigiriya palace. I found this book a great read that brings the history of Sri Lanka to life, especially if you have visited Sigiriya and seen the frescoes."

Paul Bennett
Rating: 5/5

"An engaging tale of a place that I am not well versed in; an exotic, mysterious land, and a story that is timeless throughout the history of mankind. Born with the stigma of a commoner for a mother, and yet the son of a king, Kasyapa finds himself propelled into a position he was not born to, the kingship. The author has produced a story of love, ambition, and palace intrigue; one that flows easily and allows the reader to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the land, and to become immersed in Kasyapa's struggles, triumphs, and dreams. Prepare yourselves, my fellow readers, to travel to an ancient land, to be entertained, and to wonder in awe at Sigiriya. "