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'The Lotus and the Wind' is in my opinion one of Masters' best. It continues the saga of the Savage family in British India, the main character being Robin (Rodney's baby in the 'Nightrunners of Begal'), who now in 1880 is a young man. He is a troubled person, perhaps traumatised as an infant by his experiences during the Indian Mutiny (see 'Nightrunners'). Unjustly suspected of cowardice in battle, he leaves the army and joins the Intelligence Service, where he is drawn into 'The Great Game.' (This was the whimsical 19th century name for the intense rivalry between Great Britain and Russia over which empire would dominate the Middle-East and Asia. The British feared that having gobbled up Central Asia, the Russians would invade India - the jewel in the British Empire's crown.)
Accompanied by Jagbir, his Gurkha orderly, Robin attempts to follow clues about the Russian invasion plans. Feints, counter-feints, truths and half-truths drag him into criss-crossing Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Persia. Meshed into this is the other 'Great Game' - that between a man and a woman. What is love? Men need freedom, like the wind. Women, like the Lotus, need to put down roots. Does love bind the other - or set them free? Can the Lotus and the Wind truly love each other?
A truly marvellous read. Especially recommended if (like me) you love 'Kim' by Rudyard Kipling. Love, intrigue and adventure - what more could you want?