Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain

Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain

by Lisa J. Yarde


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ISBN-13: 9781939138101
Publisher: Alhambra Press
Publication date: 09/27/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About 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 Follow her on Twitter or become a Facebook fan. For information on upcoming releases from Lisa, join her mailing list at

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Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
njmom3 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Sultana is historical fiction set in Moorish Spain. It was great historical fiction providing enough historical details and yet telling a easy to read, action-packed story. It made me want to go research the history some more!The characters were engaging, and the story well told. The fact that the main character was a strong, independent woman made the story.*** Reviewed for member giveaway ***
CRAZYELIZABETH on LibraryThing 5 months ago
On the night after her wedding, 8 year old Princess Fatima is kidnapped. Her mother Princess Aisha takes her so that she will escape the wrath of the Ashqilula who are angry that Fatima was not married to one of them as had been the custom for the Sultan's family. Fatima witnesses her mother's murder by the Ashqilula who have found them. She is then helped to escape and manages to get back to the palace where she lives. Fatima over time learns to love her new husband, who is ten years older than her, despite many seperations due to the many battles in the civil war between the many groups of Moors as well as the Christians. There are also many intrigues and incidents back at court involving Fatima and her family.This is a really interesting book set in among the Moors during their time in Spain. It was something that I had heard about before but had never really thought about reading before. However I really enjoyed it and it gave me another point of view on something that had happened in the history of this world that I live in. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Historical Fiction and especially European History in particular the history of Spain.
mrn945 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Normally, I have few complaints when it comes to historical fiction. A little embellishment here and there is just fine, particularly since we really never know what happened in the past.I have to say, though, that this was one historical fiction novel that I'm not crazy for. It's not a terrible novel, but I found the plot elements very difficult to follow. I also found it hard to believe that love came so easy to the main characters.The novel is set in the 1200's, where the young daughter of a Sultan is married off to her cousin as a pre-teen. The period is one of much turmoil. There is constantly some battle occurring, or a political fine-line to walk. Realistic to the period perhaps, but not always that interesting to read. The personal interactions were the best part, even if I found the main relationship hard to believe.Regardless, like I said, this isn't a terrible novel. I just didn't particularly enjoy it unfortunately. I found myself skimming the long parts describing the various battles, and half the time I wasn't sure what was going on since all of the names were the same and the relations were far too complicated. I won't be seeking out the sequel when it's released later this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
AnitaDavison More than 1 year ago
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.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
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.