“This is a fascinating book, based on historical milieu of the Muslim ruler Suleiman, The historical details are accurate, but of course the characters and interactions are fictional. However, it is masterfully written and you find yourself entered into the worlds and lives of the characters. I couldn’t put this book down!! If you enjoy historical fiction, this is of a time, era and culture that I have not seen frequently written about.”
“ …a spectacular, haunting tale of malice, obsession, and zeal set in the magnificent Harem of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.” Historical Novel Review
“A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction.” Booklist
To the outside world, the Sultan’s harem was an oasis, a paradise of murmuring fountains and beautiful women.
In reality is was a snake pit of jealousy, betrayal and murder.
This is the astonishing story of Suleiman, the one they called the Magnificent, and the woman he made his queen, in defiance of the centuries-old code of the Ottoman dynasty.
Behind the walls of the Topkapi palace, his harem was a virtual prison. The only way to a better life for one of his hundreds of concubines was to somehow find her way into the his bed and bear him a son.
But one slave girl dreamed of far more than that. Roxelana didn’t just want to his favour; she wanted power.
And she wanted revenge.
From medieval Venice to the slave markets of Algiers, from the mountains of Persia to the forbidden seraglio of the Ottoman’s greatest sultan, this is a tale of passion and intrigue in a world where nothing is really as it seems.
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