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The Story of Sigiriya is a beautifully illustrated book that presents Sigiriya in a fascinating new light. Senani Ponnamperuma is a brilliant storyteller. Using a crisp narrative style he brings this story alive and introduces us to many previously unknown and overlooked facts. He starts by setting the scene over 1,500 years ago when this story unfolded, introduces us to the key players, and then guides us through the events leading up to the creation, abandonment and rediscovery of the rock fortress of Sigiriya. He then continues to describe the ruins today using some of the most vivid and never before seen photographs of the site. This “must read” book makes a well versed companion for the informed traveler, amateur historian or keen expatriate wanting to know the real story of Sigiriya.

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LMD Magazine (Vijitha Yapa)
Rating: 5/5

The author's grasp of the language and skills in photography have enhanced the value of The Story of Sigiriya. Its appeal to readers will inspire them to visit King Kasyapa's "palace in the sky" at least once in their life-time.
-LMD Magazine

Sunday Observer (R.S. Karunaratne)
Rating: 5/5

The author's grasp of the language and skills in photography have enhanced the value of The Story of Sigiriya. Its appeal to readers will inspire them to visit King Kasyapa's "palace in the sky" at least once in their life-time.
-Sunday Observer

Amanzon (Becky Czlapinski)
Rating: 5/5

"Nice book. Recommended highly."

Planning a trip to see the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka, I eagerly purchased this book hoping for information to flush out my visit to Sigiriya. I enjoyed the blend of scholarship and a down-to-earth writing style that made the book very informative without being didactic. Senani Ponnamperuma evokes a clear picture of what the compound looked like in its peak years as well as a sense of the intense labor necessary to construct this complex. My experience of Sigiriya will only be enhance by having read this book. The section of text focusing on the site as it is will be an amazing addition to my experience as I sit and read about what I am viewing.

Amazon (Ilias L)
Rating: 5/5

"Prior, I knew very little about Sri Lankan history and am now inspired to visit the country t"

Upon reading the first few pages of 'Sigiriya, The Real Story' I was immediately immersed in what was a personal journey for the author. His writing style can't help but reflect how opaquely in awe and passionate he is of Sigiriya's past, present and future. Prior, I knew very little about Sri Lankan history and am now inspired to visit the country that clearly deserves more recognition than it has been given. Senani evokes thought provoking ideas, whilst respectfully acknowledging his academic predecessors and the ambiguity of such a challenging topic.

Amazon Germany (Jan Koch)
Rating: 5/5

"A carefully researched book and an interesting read"

When I visited Sri Lanka ten years ago, visiting Sigiriya was certainly a highlight of my stay. The monumental rock and its fortifications and technologically advanced water system impressed me very much. That is why I was delighted to see this Mr. Ponnamperuma's book come out. My wife had bought the paperback edition, and I opted for the ebook version in order to be able to read the book on my commute to work. The first thingI noticed was the very nice way in which pictures - old and new - complement the telling of Sigiriya's story. The author's passion for his subject is very noticeable in the way he tapped every conceivable source for information and photos. What I also really enjoyed was the way this book, which is about history, makes its subject accessible to readers without a background in Sri Lanka's history. Having spent just three weeks there, I had only a very limited understanding of Sri Lankan history, but that did not lessen my enjoyment of Mr. Ponnamperuma's book. I can full-heartedly recommend "Sigiriya - The Real Story" for readers with an interest in the history of Sri lanka and/or Sigiriya. For me, it reminded me of the beautiful time I spent in this lovely country. If you plan to visit Sigiriya - which is a must-see when visiting Sri Lanka - I think this book would be a wonderful companion to fill in the details and help you imagine what the lion mountain was like in the 5th century AD. "The book will be of interest to anyone who wants an insight of a magnificent monument of Sri Lankan art and the creation of an architectural marvel..."

Goodreads (Sandie Mumme)
Rating: 5/5

"This is the story of king Kashyapa and his masterpiece – Sigiriya, told for the first time in vivid prose with hundreds of breathtaking photographs."

Beautifully narrated and illustrated these books tell the story of king Kasyapa, who nearly 1,500 years ago murdered his father by burying him alive in a wall. Unable to redeem himself with his people he flees his capital and sets up a new one in the forests of central Sri Lanka. There in an area dominated by a menacing black column of rock 600 foot high he builds himself a new capital resplendent with lush tropical gardens, ponds, palaces and pavilions. He transforms the once sinister-looking rock to appear like a huge bedazzling white cloud. Around its circumference he paints an exquisite multi-colored tapestry depicting celestial nymphs. On an escarpment halfway up this sheer rock he then constructs a gatehouse in the form of a sphinx-like lion giving his lair its name, Sigiriya–Lion Mountain. Atop this gigantic rock he builds himself a gleaming white palace of unparalleled beauty. There, hidden from view, he lives in splendid isolation tormented by guilt and fear. His city thrives for less than fourteen years. Then as quickly as it appears it disappears, abandoned, and quickly forgotten; relegated to an obscure footnote in history.

Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars This is the Hardcover Edition of the long awaited and much needed story giving insight and facts on Sigiriya, the UNESCO World Heritage site with a most intriguing and facinating history.

Senani Ponnamperuma has an engaging and wonderfully descriptive writing style, leading the reader through a visionary masterpiece of a King that ruled 1500 years ago.

This book is illustrated with beautiful photographs of the site and is a must read book for anyone planning to visit Sri Lanka, or interested in Sri Lankan history and would like to see a more visual book than the Ebook. Sigiriya is the one 'must see' site in the country and its splendour is fully realised with background knowledge of this extraordinary place.