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Aviary Gate
     

Aviary Gate

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by Katie Hickman
 

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Elizabeth Staveley sits in the Bodleian library, holding in her trembling hands a fragment of ancient paper. It is the key to a story that has been locked away for four centuries—the story of a British sea captain's daughter held captive in the sultan's harem. Constantinople, 1599. There are rumors and strange stirrings in the sultan's palace. The chief black

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Aviary Gate 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
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.
Ryst More than 1 year ago
Kitschy stereotypes aside, this book was a good read. Entertaining and filled with intrigue, while it didn't leave a WHOLE lot to the imagination, it certainly filled a weekend.
Readingrat More than 1 year ago
The Aviary Gate is a story of two romances. One takes place in ancient Constantinople, the other takes place in present day Istanbul Elizabeth Staveley is our modern day heroine who stumbles across part of a letter detailing the story of Celia Lamprey, a young woman who was captured and sold into slavery. The story alternates between Elizabeth's trip to Istanbul (taken to further research Celia's story), and Celia's adventures in the sultan's harem in Constantinople. Overall I found both stories very interesting and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book that alternately held my interest and bored me at the same time, until this story. There are many, many side stories and each one interesting. There are also many characters, each with story, and at times I lost track of who was who and how did this person fit in. Toward the end I wanted the story to end, even though I did want to know how it ended. For me this was a very interesting, original story line that could have been a favorite, but it was ruined for me by too many unnecessary long narratives.
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the start of book was ok and then the history and the story behind it was what held my attend.... the past part of the book the present was somewhat interesting and boring at same time.
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