The gods have forsaken Queen Kaikeyi, so she turns instead to magic, using the secret threads of the Binding Plane to empower the women of her kingdom. But the gods always punish defiance, and in their wrath they force Kaikeyi to choose between her principles and her beloved son, Rama.
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I was born on the full moon under an auspicious constellation, the holiest of positions—much good it did me.
In Bharat, where the gods regularly responded to prayers and meddled in mortal affairs, the circumstances of my birth held great promise. This did not matter to my father, who cared only that my brother Yudhajit followed me into the world minutes later under the same lucky stars. Regardless of birth position, Yudhajit, being a boy, was the heir to the Kekaya kingdom. I was but a dowry of fifty fine horses waiting to happen. For each of my mother’s subsequent pregnancies, my father made sacrifices to the gods, requesting sons. In return, he was blessed with six more healthy boys, portents of future prosperity.
The people of Bharat have often blamed my father for my sins, as if a woman cannot own her actions. He was not a perfect man, that I freely admit, but for all his faults he loved each of his sons fiercely, playing with them in his throne room, bringing them the finest tutors in all the kingdom, and gifting them ponies so they would grow into brilliant cavalrymen.
If he bears any fault for my actions, it is through his inaction. I remember few occasions where we exchanged words, and fewer still when he sought to speak with me. So when he summoned me to the throne room at twelve years old, I knew instantly something was amiss.
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