Sultana


Fiction - Cultural
368 Pages
Reviewed on (not set)
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by real-life events. She is the author of On Falcon's Wings, a medieval novel chronicling the star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers. She has also written the medieval novels Sultana and Sultana’s Legacy, both set during a turbulent period of thirteenth century Spain. Born in Barbados, she currently lives in New York City.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In her latest novel, Sultana, Lisa Yarde has provided the reader with an exciting glimpse into thirteenth century Spain, into the house of the last ruling Muslim Sultan who resides in Granada. The reader is treated to introductions of the working of royal family, with their public displays of ceremony and their private trials and tribulations.

As the story begins, eight-year-old Fatima, oldest daughter of the Sultan, has married a cousin by the name of Faraj who is ten years older than his new bride. The interactions between Fatima and Faraj over the years are respectful and filled with emotions to which the ordinary reader could readily relate. The author researched for years before writing this novel, and her meticulous use of history interwoven with the everyday trials and tribulations of the humanity of the time, is truly masterful. The reader finally understands that power, royalty and privilege offer little protection from the needs and whims of the enemy.

This is a novel which will appeal to historians and romantics alike. The author provides just enough history to tease and educate the reader and, at the same time, weaves in exactly the right amount of emotion and human interest from her characters to hook the reader from the get-go. For those who say that history is boring, this reader would respond, "Then go pick up a Lisa Yarde novel." Historical fiction takes a special kind of literary skill and this author has it!