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The Ruby Bird is a beautiful brooch made of rubies and emeralds. Hundreds of years ago, the Maharajah of India presented it to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, when he married his third wife. She placed it in a jeweled box and never wore it. When the Sultan’s seventh wife found the brooch, she ran to the Sultan and pinned it on his turban. After the Sultan’s death, his palace became a museum and many riches from the Ottoman Empire were displayed. One night, the watchman stole the brooch off the turban and sold it on the black market. Author Billie Atamer begins the tale in 1957, when Mark Stephens inherits the brooch upon the death of his parents, in the novel The Ruby Bird. Mark’s mother placed a letter with the brooch, instructing him to return it immediately to the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. She tells him it is cursed and has brought only death and destruction to its owners. The story continues…
Based on a true story, this fictional work follows the curse of the Ruby Bird. This adventurous tale is well written and fast paced. The reader is engaged from the first page, when Mark is given this strange inheritance and immediately leaves on the quest, until the end of the story. And the reader is never sure how, or where, the story will lead – and how it will end. Another intriguing aspect is how several cultures and their beliefs are represented in modern times. The Ruby Bird, written by Billie Atamer, is truly fascinating. It is a gem!