He had everything a man might dream of; wealth, power and the choice of hundreds of the most beautiful women in his Empire.
He gave them all up for just one.
This is the astonishing true story of Suleiman, the one they called the Magnificent, and the woman he loved.
For a woman living in the Harem the only way out was to somehow find her way into the Sultan’s bed and bear him a son. But one young Russian concubine inside his seraglio was not content to allow fate decide the course of her life. She was clever and she was ruthless. And she had a plan.
From medieval Venice to the slave markets of Algiers, from the mountains of Persia to the forbidden seraglio of the Ottoman’s greatest sultan, this is a tale of passion and intrigue in a world where nothing is really as it seems.
(76,000 words; ebook $2.99 USD)
Reviews of Harem
“A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction.” — Booklist
“If you haven’t read one of Colin Falconer’s novels, then I promise you are in for a real roller-coaster ride of never ending intrigue with both these novels.
“Set in the 16th century, Harem, and its sequel Seraglio, weave a spectacular, haunting tale of malice, obsession, and zeal set in the magnificent Harem of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Lord of Lords of this World, Possessor of Men’s Necks, Allah’s Deputy, and absolute ruler of the mighty Ottoman Empire.” —History and Women
Originally published by Hodder (UK), Crown NY (2004), Translations: Heyne (Germany), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey.