From Library Journal
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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