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The Sultan's Wife by Jane Johnson

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The Sultan's Wife by Jane Johnson

Post by parthianbow » Mon June 4th, 2012, 12:52 pm

Having read and enjoyed The Tenth Gift by the same author, I was looking forward to the publication of this novel. Set slightly later in the 17th Century, it's written partly in the first and partly in the third person, a tricky feat, but which Johnson carries off very well indeed.

The central character is Nus-Nus, a black eunuch in the Arabic court of the Sultan of Morocco. He's a deeply attractive and nuanced character who from the first page lives in constant fear of his life - not just from his master, but from others in the court. Despite this, he possesses a well of courage that helps to endure his lot. However, when he meets Alys Swann, an Englishwoman sold into the sultan's harem (and another main character), his life changes forever.

This book is full of intrigue, deceit, skulduggery and murder. It has romance in it, but also heartbreak and personal tragedy. It's deeply evocative of North Africa - the sights, the smells, the culture, but there are also great depictions of London at the time, and the court of Charles II. I really enjoyed it, most especially because of Nus-Nus, a well-drawn, stand out character who deserves to appear in another tale.
Ben Kane
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Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

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Post by Miss Moppet » Tue June 5th, 2012, 6:51 pm

[quote=""parthianbow""]Having read and enjoyed The Tenth Gift by the same author, I was looking forward to the publication of this novel. Set slightly later in the 17th Century, it's written partly in the first and partly in the third person, a tricky feat, but which Johnson carries off very well indeed.

The central character is Nus-Nus, a black eunuch in the Arabic court of the Sultan of Morocco. He's a deeply attractive and nuanced character who from the first page lives in constant fear of his life - not just from his master, but from others in the court. Despite this, he possesses a well of courage that helps to endure his lot. However, when he meets Alys Swann, an Englishwoman sold into the sultan's harem (and another main character), his life changes forever.

This book is full of intrigue, deceit, skulduggery and murder. It has romance in it, but also heartbreak and personal tragedy. It's deeply evocative of North Africa - the sights, the smells, the culture, but there are also great depictions of London at the time, and the court of Charles II. I really enjoyed it, most especially because of Nus-Nus, a well-drawn, stand out character who deserves to appear in another tale.[/quote]

I saw this in Waterstone's and was tempted as I like harem stories. Thanks for the review!

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Post by parthianbow » Tue June 12th, 2012, 10:03 am

You're welcome!
Ben Kane
Bestselling author of Roman military fiction.
Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

http://www.benkane.net
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