The Drowning Guard: A Novel of the Ottoman Empire
Each morning in the hour before dawn, a silent boat launches on the Bosphorous, moving swiftly into the deepest part of the waters halfway between Europe and Asia, where a man will die… The Drowning Guard is the tale of the Ottoman princess, Esma Sultan—one of the most powerful women in Ottoman... show more
Each morning in the hour before dawn, a silent boat launches on the Bosphorous, moving swiftly into the deepest part of the waters halfway between Europe and Asia, where a man will die… The Drowning Guard is the tale of the Ottoman princess, Esma Sultan—one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history and unlike any other woman in the Islamic world. In a gender reversal of Scheherazade in 1001 Arabian Nights, Esma seduces a different Christian lover each night, only to have him drowned in the morning. The Sultaness's true passion burns only for the Christian-born soldier charged with carrying out the brutal nightly death sentence: her drowning guard, Ivan Postivich. The Drowning Guard explores the riddle of Esma—who is at once a murderer and a champion and liberator of women—and the man who loves her in spite of her horrifying crimes. This textured historical novel, set in the opulence and squalor of Istanbul in 1826, is woven with the complexity and consequences of love.
Publish date: September 3rd 2013
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Pages no: 414
Edition language: English
This book takes place in the turbulent Ottoman Empire in the 1820's. Esma Sultan, beloved sister of the Sultan Mahmud II sits comfortably in her own palace with her own harem of women that she has saved from the Constantinople slave trade. However, any of her lovers are cursed to be drowned in the...
Please don’t be misled by the terrible cover. It is the only bad thing about The Drowning Guard. This is actually a terrific book marred only by that atrocity on its face, rather like how I am a terrific person, marred only by the atrocity that is my face. At first I was pretty lukewarm about the ...
"Not all is as simple as Good and Evil." That line speaks volumes about this story and the characters within it. This book is enthralling, profound, enraging, uplifting, beautiful, hideous, elevated, common…I could go on and on. Many of these words contradict each other but that’s kind of the point....
Review also found at my http://kindlebooklove.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-drowning-guard-linda-lafferty.html 4.5 Omg I need a nap StarsARC provided by Netgalley for review This is one of those books that you take your time with. I know I took too long but I had personal things that needed to get h...