The Palace of Illusions - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni I enjoyed this book but something "bothered" me about it. Divakaruni writes well and it's well paced but it wasn't until the final pages that I realized why I was dissatisfied with it.

It's a fundamental disagreement with the philosophy underlying the Mahabharat, which was articulated by Krishna to Draupadi as she lay dying: "I am the doer, you are the tool." (I'm paraphrasing) While Divakaruni was able to humanize many of the characters and make explicable their actions, there was still too much a sense of "deus ex machina," implacable fate for me to accept.

That said, if you're a Divakaruni fan or a Mahabharat fan or both, I'd recommend it.