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Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain

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Book #1 of the Sultana series.

In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultan's nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj's lives. All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now. A precocious child and the unwitting pawn of her family, she learns how her marriage may ...

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Overview

Book #1 of the Sultana series.

In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultan's nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj's lives. All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now. A precocious child and the unwitting pawn of her family, she learns how her marriage may determine her future and the fate of Granada. Her husband Faraj has his own qualms about their union. At a young age, he witnessed the deaths of his parents, and discovered how affluence and power gives little protection against indomitable enemies. Throughout the rugged frontiers of southern Spain, the burgeoning Christian kingdoms in the north and the desert states of North Africa, Fatima and Faraj survive ruthless murderers and intrigues. They unite against common enemies bent on destroying the last Moorish dynasty.

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Readers' Favorite Reviews - Karen Hutchins Pirnot
This is a novel which will appeal to historians and romantics alike. The author provides just enough history to tease and educate the reader and, at the same time, weaves in exactly the right amount of emotion and human interest from her characters to hook the reader from the get-go. For those who say that history is boring, this reader would respond, "Then go pick up a Lisa Yarde novel." Historical fiction takes a special kind of literary skill and this author has it!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456487614
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe. She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, The Burning Candle, based on the life of Isabel de Vermandois, and On Falcon's Wings, chronicling the star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers. Lisa has also written Sultana, Sultana's Legacy and Sultana: Two Sisters, novels set during a turbulent period of Moorish Spain, where rivalries and ambitions threaten the fragile bonds between members of a powerful family. The six-part series will be completed in 2015.

Born in Barbados, Lisa currently lives in New York City. She is also an avid blogger and moderates at Unusual Historicals. She is also a regular contributor at Historical Novel Reviews and History and Women. Her personal blog is The Brooklyn Scribbler.

Learn more about Lisa and her writing at the website www.lisajyarde.com. Follow her on Twitter or become a Facebook fan. For information on upcoming releases from Lisa, join her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/un8on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2011

    If you like history at all, this book is a must buy

    Sultana is a fantastic, well-written novel that engaged me, taught me, and made me think. Although there are a lot of historical details to process, Ms. Yarde handles them well and with a style that made the story impossible to put down. She is gifted at creating characters that are not only believable, but endearing, and scenes are painted with immersive and colorful brush strokes. I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment!

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    A Sumptuous Journey Into Medieval Spain

    Ancient Spain is not a genre I would normally choose to read about, but I have read Miss Yarde's previous novel, 'On Falcon's Wings' and I enjoyed her writing style. Therefore I thought I would give it a try. However, two chapters in and I was completely hooked with the beautiful writing, and well researched detail as to how the last Muslim family to rule Spain lived, loved and fought. The way she takes the reader into their personal and political lives, and her portrayal of the sumptuous Alhambra Palace is masterly.

    I was told the author has been working on this book for years and it certainly shows in it's intricate detail and the emotion she has brought to her characters, their motivation and reactions to the violence and intrigue around them. Fatima and Faraj's arranged marriage may not, we assume today, the best of starts, but the love that develops between them over the years and which carries them through their various trials will touch your heart.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    A poignant story of a young woman who rises to power to become Sultana

    I first had the opportunity to read a few chapters of Sultana several years ago when I was a member of a historical fiction writers critique group. It was then that I fell in love with this story - the beautiful prose, the passion, and the unique setting of Moorish Spain. As time progressed, I became an avid follower of every chapter, offering feedback, but mostly praise. My respect for the author bloomed and before long we became good friends.

    Good writing always shines, as does a talented storyteller. As a writer myself, I have always made it a point to surround myself with other authors whose talent I admire and whose skill and knowledge I can benefit from. For me, Lisa was such an author. So it is with great pleasure that I host her here today and together we can reveal to the world, Sultana.

    Sultana is the culmination of years of research, travel, and writing - a tale that is spellbinding because of its passion and intrigue. It is the type of novel that will sweep you away into another world and time -and it will keep you reading long past bedtime. Already, I eagerly awake book two in the sequence.

    Sultana is not only delightfully rich in historical detail, but also a passionate story of love. Family secrets, intrigues, and driving ambition color every page of this novel. Lisa travelled extensively to the Al Hambra, walking its corridors and grounds getting a sense of the surroundings in which the heroine, Fatima, lived. It is for this reason, the novel comes to vibrant life.

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