Harem

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Colin Falconer is the best selling author of WHEN WE WERE GODS and AZTEC and over twenty other novels. His books have been translated into seventeen languages.

"A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction." - Booklist

He had everything a man might dream of; wealth, power and the choice of hundreds of the most beautiful women in his Empire. Why then did he forsake his harem ...

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Overview

Colin Falconer is the best selling author of WHEN WE WERE GODS and AZTEC and over twenty other novels. His books have been translated into seventeen languages.

"A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction." - Booklist

He had everything a man might dream of; wealth, power and the choice of hundreds of the most beautiful women in his Empire. Why then did he forsake his harem for the love of just one woman, and marry her in defiance of the centuries-old code of the Osmanlis?

This is the astonishing story of Suleiman, the one they called the Magnificent, and the woman he loved.

Suleiman controlled an empire of thirty million people, encompassing twenty different languages. As a man, he was an enigma; he conquered all who stood against him with one of the world's first full time professional armies - yet he liked to write poetry; he ravaged half of Europe but he rebuilt Istanbul in marble; he had teams of torturers and assassins ready to unleash at a whim - yet history remembers him as a great lawmaker.

''Harem' literally means 'Forbidden': Forbidden to men. Once the Sultan was the only man - the only complete man - who could pass through its iron-studded doors. But what was that world really like?

For a woman living in the Harem the only way out was to somehow find her way into the Sultan's bed and bear him a son. But the young Sultan was often away at war and when he did return he neglected his harem for just one favourite wife. But one young Russian concubine inside his seraglio was not content to allow fate decide the course of her life. She was clever and she was ruthless. And she had a plan.

Into this world are drawn two unforgettable characters; a beautiful young Italian noblewoman, captured by corsairs and brought to the Harem as a concubine; and the eunuch who loved her once, long ago, in Venice.

Loved her? He still stopped loving her .

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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"A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction." - Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621250708
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/5/2013
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 654,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

"I was 18 years old, I'd just left school and got a job in London, working in an insurance company. I was working inside - in an office! My mother thought that was like being CEO of Shell Oil.

"I was late one morning, I took a short cut through the church yard to the station to catch my train. I'd just finished reading The Sun Also Rises the night before; and here I was looking at all these gravestones, I remember thinking: Gee, we're not here very long. Better make it count.

"So I went home, told my mother I was quitting my job and going to Morocco. She damned near fainted."

After travelling through Spain and Africa, Colin hitch-hiked across Europe to Sweden to visit a girlfriend he'd met the year before on a football tour. When he finally got back home, he was still restless. After failing to make the grade as a professional football player, he travelled around Asia; his experiences in Bangkok and India later inspired his thriller VENOM, and his adventures in the jungles of the Golden Triangle of Burma and Laos were also filed away for later, the basis of his OPIUM series about the underworld drug trade.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    A gripping story of one woman's lust for power

    If you haven¿t read one of Colin Falconer¿s novels, then I promise you are in for a real roller-coaster ride of never ending intrigue with both these novels.

    Set in the 16th century, Harem, and its sequel Seraglio, weave a spectacular, haunting tale of malice, obsession, and zeal set in the magnificent Harem of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Lord of Lords of this World, Possessor of Men¿s Necks, Allah¿s Deputy, and absolute ruler of the mighty Ottoman Empire.

    Based on the true-life story of Roxelana (called Hürrem in the novels) and Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Colin Falconer lends his interpretation to the machinations of a most vile villainess who strives to gain power while captive in the sultan¿s harem. Ruthless, manipulative, vengeful, clever, and power hungry, Hürrem stops at nothing to gain the upper hand in a violent world where women and slaves are worth little. With one nod, the Sultan can brutally take a life and danger is rampant around every corner.

    Bestselling author Colin Falconer writes with succinct prose. Each chapter ends with a gripping cliff-hanger that makes the book irresistible and unputdownable. Although both books can stand alone, I strongly recommend you read both books to enjoy the full impact of the story. He delves deep into the thoughts and motivations of his characters, truly making them seem larger than life.

    As the story unfolds in both novels, the reader will immerse themselves in a world ripe with an abundance of historical details, atrocities, brutality, dissension, forbidden love, ambition, and love and hate. The plot twists are plentiful and the story draws one in. Entertaining and shocking, Harem and Seraglio are intense and truly bring to life a turbulent period in the Ottomon Empire.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    Different

    I hope there's a sequel, this ended in a very odd place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Ok

    Ok for a fictional account. Many typos, poorly edited. Historic Muslim content. Wish it were free.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

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    I read it until I learnt it by heart in my native language, and

    I read it until I learnt it by heart in my native language, and now I ordered it from here to enjoy it in English. One of my all times favs. I cried from it, but loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Fun to read

    I'd have given this five stars but the book needed some kinds of conclusions to the stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

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    I sometimes like historical books. But what I really enjoy is a

    I sometimes like historical books. But what I really enjoy is a mixture of horror, romance and mystery. There is enough brutality and character wickedness in this book to bring the tension of horror. But there are cliffhangers all over the place to the tension of a good mystery. Then you have the added component of caring for the characters and their love. It's one of those books a large audience can enjoy. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Interesting picture into a very different world. It clearly sh

    Interesting picture into a very different world. It clearly showed the abuse of women, taking their lives away and using them as fodder for the sultan's ego. The lives of eunuchs were similarly destroyed. Roxelana is evil, but proved herself a survivor.

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