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The Tales of Jahani: The Leopard Princess 

First moon of Summer 1662: fourteen-year-old Jahani lives

peacefully in the village of Sherwan. But havoc is brewing in the

Mughal Empire After an assassin strikes in a bazaar, Jahani

discovers her life is not as it seems. Before long, she is fleeing

with her mysterious protector, Azhar.
Will their journey to the Qurraqoram Mountains lead Jahani to

danger or to her destiny? 


Themes: belonging, identity, resilience, courage, cultures

Published 2016

Queensland University Press


What people are saying

The Leopard Princess continues the story of Jahani and her search for truth and her destiny, surrounded by a supporting cast of well-developed characters. This series is fast becoming one that I am

recommending to a wide range of 10+ readers: historical fiction buffs; fantasy aficionados; lovers of Asian literature and those who enjoy an edge-of-seat adventure.

         Megan Daley, Children's Books Daily

The Leopard Princess picks up the story in the Autumn of 1662.  ... Continuing on from Daughter of Nomads, The Leopard Princess develops themes and ideas that explore good versus evil, triumph against adversity, in addition to the quest for one’s identity.  The Leopard Princess also asks pertinent questions about love, leadership, followership, courage and self-sacrifice.

        With plenty of action, a sprinkling of romance and just enough magic to make things interesting, I imagine that this book will appeal to readers in the middle years.  Certainly, as Jahani moves further into adolescence, I envisage that older teens and many adults will also discover plenty to relate to.  As with, Daughter of Nomads, this story provides unique opportunities for Asian perspectives, particularly to a History unit focusing on the Middle Ages and Renaissance period (which is too often Eurocentric).  I imagine that students might appreciate the opportunity to compare the life of Elizabeth I with Jahani, contrasting the challenges and limitations faced by women in positions of authority at this time.

        While The Leopard Princess neatly draws to a conclusion the quest begun in Daughter of Nomads, I will live in hope that Hawke will decide to write a third book in this series.  After all, there are still plenty of adventures to be had for Jahani and Azhar.  I’d also be keen to read a story written exclusively from the perspective of Azhar, especially one which explores a time before the events in books 1 and 2.

      Tanya Grech Welden

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