Istanbul, 1520

To the outside world, Suleiman the Magnificent’s harem was a paradise of murmuring fountains and beautiful women. In reality it was a snake pit of jealousy, betrayal and death. 

The only way to a better life for any of the hundreds of concubines was to find their way into the Sultan’s bed and bear him a son. One slave girl dreamed of more. Roxelana didn’t just want the great lord’s favor, she wanted to be the first queen of the Ottomans.  

And she wanted revenge. 

Meanwhile, behind the doors of the forbidden palace, Suleiman’s sons and viziers engaged in a game of deadly intrigue for power.  

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 murder stretching four decades. 

Harem has been translated into 15 languages, and on release sold 150,000 copies in Germany.


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What readers are saying:

“Martina has just finished Harem by Colin Falconer and highly recommends it saying it’s a great read.” Martina Cole Recommends.

“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.

“…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.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.

”This is my first read by this author and he has me hooked. I’m not so stuck on historical accuracy if I were I’d read nonfiction. The characters mesmerized me and I couldn’t put it down.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.

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