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The Sultan's Daughter Hardcover – April, 1997

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One would assume that a story filled with harems, slaves, infidelity, and intrigue would offer the reader abundant atmosphere and steamy romance. Unfortunately, Chamberlin's latest fails to engage the reader, though she does display a nice feel for the historical aspects of the period. Giorgio, a slave (who appeared previously in Chamberlin's Sofia, LJ 3/15/96) becomes intimately involved in his mistress's consuming desire to bear a healthy child. Several previous attempts have failed, and her despair is heartfelt. Giorgio feels her pain, and his main goal becomes her happiness?whatever the cost. Continued scheming and political plotting at the palace further complicate their relationship and ultimately puts each of them in danger. A somewhat happy ending is achieved as Giorgio realizes that his contentment rests in being with his mistress and watching over her and her new child together. A marginal purchase for most public libraries.?Margaret Ann Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., Mich.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312862032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312862039
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,074,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
In 1564 Ottoman Empire, Esmikhan, THE SULTAN'S DAUGHTER and wife of
the Grand Vizier, learns that she is pregnant. The Quince divines that
the unborn is male which pleases everyone except Safiye, formerly
Sophia, daughter of a rich Venetian merchant. Safiye, who may have
been the real model for Machiavelli, previously caused the deaths of
several of her fellow Venetian and turned her lover Giorgio Veniero
into Abdullah, a eunuch. While Safiye is the favorite of Murad, Sultan
Suleiman's grandson, Abdullah is a slave owned by Esmikhan.
......Safiye has been studying the Turkish power structure. She realizes
that she must solidify her current position because that could be as
fleeting as the wind. To secure her position, she would need to give
Murad a male heir. Of course, being Safiye she cannot do this the old
fashion way. Instead, she puts a plan in motion to secure her current
position and increase her influence throughout the empire. However,
this plan could hurt Esmikhan, leaving it up to Abdullah to keep his
mistress from being the latest victim of Safiye's ambitions.
......The second book in Ann Chamberlin's Ottoman Empire series is
historical fiction at its greatest level. THE SULTAN'S DAUGHTER is so
colorful and real, readers can not only see sixteenth century Turkey,
but smell the aromas (pleasant and ugly) of a different society. Like
SOFIA (book one), this novel provides rare insight into Ottoman society
during its heyday. Ms. Chamberlin is one of the best writers today as
she combines teaching her readers with an amazingly entertaining and
interesting tale of intrigue. This reviewer strongly recommends this
novel and its predecessor because both books are among the best
historical fiction written in the nineties.

......Harriet Klausner
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This is the second book in Ann Chamberlin's trilogy of the Ottoman Empire. The first book was "Sofia." Sofia Baffo, a clever, ruthlessly manipulative teenager from Venice, is now Safiye, the favorite of Prince Murad,who loves her so intensely that he ignores the rest of his harem. Safiye uses her power over him to gain power in the empire. Abdullah, once a Venetian sailor, is now a eunuch in the household of Esmikhan, the daughter of the reigning sultan. He is deeply devoted to his mistress- and also deeply in love with her. He realizes that she is in danger from Safiye, who pretends to be her friend, but is secretly planning to harm her. This novel mainly centers around Giorgio's love for Esmikhan, and the way he manages to protect her from the danger and intrigue that surround her. The history and the customs are fascinating, and the story is exciting but deeply touching as well.
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