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Posted January 6, 2011
I liked the sequel better
I ended up reading this book after reading the sequel, The Pindar Diamond. As it turns out, I enjoyed the second book a bit more. In this story, we get the start of Celia and Annetta's lives in the harem of the Sultan after their shipwreck, as well as a peek into the life of Elizabeth, an English philosophy student in modern times who is researching the life of Celia. When the story was following Celia and Annetta and their lives in the harem, it was compelling, interesting, and fast paced. I couldn't get enough about their exotic lives and the inner workings of the harem women. However, the chapters about Elizabeth were an annoying interruption. I didn't care about her character, in fact, she annoyed me. Mostly she was around to give us historical clues about what may have happened to Celia, and then there was some boring story about Elizabeth's love life. I'm glad that Elizabeth's narrative didn't continue into the second book. Overall, it was a good read, if you ignore the few chapters that focus on Elizabeth.
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