Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the five Pandava brothers, The Palace of Illusions finally gives a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharat. Tracing Panchaali’s life (from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy – it’s a deeply human story about a woman born into a man’s world.
Simple, lucid, each word carefully considered as the heroine unfolds the different layers of the Mahabharat through conversations, stories and dreams -India Today
Read this poignantly told book for yourself. You won’t stand to hear Draupadi called a kritya ever again -Hindustan Times
Divakaruni gives us a racy and romantic tale, the story of not just Draupadi and the god Krishna, but also of the most tragic hero in the whole wide world – Karna. -Shekhar Kapur