1636: Mission to the Mughals

Eric Flint, Griffin Barber
science fiction, alternate history
1636: Mission to the Mughals - Eric Flint, Griffin Barber

The latest entry in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series created by Eric Flint. After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia go on a quest for the makings of medicines that have yet to be invented in 17th century Europe.

The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident — the Ring of Fire — is beset by enemies on all sides. The U.S.E. needs a reliable source of opiates for those wounded in action, as well as other goods not available in Europe. The Prime Minister of the U.S.E., Mike Stearns, sends a mission to the Mughal Empire of India with the aim of securing a trade deal with the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan.

The mission consists of a mixed group of up-timers and down-timers, including paramedics, a squad of soldiers with railroad-building experience, a spy and a pair of swindlers. On reaching India the mission finds a grieving emperor obsessed with building the Taj Mahal, harem-bound princesses, warrior princes, and an Afghan adventurer embroiled in the many plots of the Mughal court.

The emperor’s sons are plotting against each other and war is brewing with the newly risen Sikh faith. But in the midst of these intrigues, the U.S.E. mission finds a ally: the brilliant and beautiful Jahanara Begum, the eldest daughter of Shah Jahan. She is the mistress of her father's harem and a power in her own right, who wishes to learn more of these women who are free in a way she can scarcely comprehend.

When the Emperor learns of what befalls his empire and children in the time that was, he makes every effort to change their fate. But emperors, princesses, and princes are no more immune to the inexorable waves of change created by the Ring of Fire than are the Americans themselves.

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Release date: April 4, 2017
Genres: science fiction, alternate history
Updated: March 21, 2020

Assiti Shards :: Series

Assiti Shards was previously known as The Ring of Fire.

1632 (Assiti Shards #1)
1633 (Assiti Shards #2)
1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards #3)
1634: The Ram Rebellion (Assiti Shards #4)
1635: The Cannon Law (Assiti Shards #5)
1634: The Baltic War (Assiti Shards #6)7.00
1634: The Bavarian Crisis (Assiti Shards #7)
1635: The Dreeson Incident (Assiti Shards #8)
1635: The Tangled Web
1635: The Eastern Front (Assiti Shards #9)
1636: The Saxon Uprising (Assiti Shards #10)
1636: The Kremlin Games
1636: Seas of Fortune
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
1635: A Parcel of Rogues
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz
1636: The Devil's Opera
1635: The Wars for the Rhine
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught
1636: Mission to the Mughals
The Alexander Inheritance
1636: The Vatican Sanction
1637: The Volga Rules
1635: The Polish Maelstrom
1636: The China Venture
1636: Flight of the Nightingales
1636: The Atlantic Encounter
1637: No Peace Beyond the Line
1636: Calabar's War7.26
1637: The Peacock Throne
1637: Dr. Gribbleflotz and the Soul of Stoner