The Sultan's Wife
by Jane Johnson
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Pub Date 01 May 2012 | Archive Date 15 Oct 2012
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Page-turning mystery, grandly seductive romance and full historical
immersion into Moroccan court history, this exquisitely depicted and
intensely absorbing novel follows in the bestselling tradition of The Tenth Gift and The Salt Road.
1677, Morocco. Behind the magnificent walls and towering arches of the Palace of Meknes, captive chieftain's son and now a lowly scribe, Nus Nus is framed for murder. As he attempts to evade punishment for the bloody crime, Nus Nus finds himself trapped in a vicious plot, caught between the three most powerful figures in the court: the cruel and arbitrary sultan, Moulay Ismail, one of the most tyrannical rulers in history; his monstrous wife Zidana, famed for her use of poison and black magic; and the conniving Grand Vizier.
Meanwhile, a young Englishwoman named Alys Swann has been taken prisoner by Barbary corsairs and brought to the court. She faces a simple choice: renounce her faith and join the Sultan's harem; or die. As they battle for survival, Alys and Nus Nus find themselves thrust into an unlikely alliance--an alliance that will become a deep and moving relationship in which these two outsiders will find sustenance and courage in the most perilous of circumstances.
From the danger and majesty of Meknes to the stinking streets of London and the decadent court of Charles II, The Sultan's Wife brings to life some of the most remarkable characters of history through a captivating tale of intrigue, loyalty and desire.
JANE JOHNSON is a writer--for adults and for children--and a publisher. She is Fiction Publishing Director for HarperCollins Publishers UK, where she is responsible for the Voyager science fiction and fantasy list, as well as publishing thrillers and some historical fiction.
Praise for The Tenth Gift
“The Tenth Gift is wildly yet convincingly romantic… Johnson weaves together the two women’s lives, exploring issues—love, desire, ambition, and guilt—that transcend time. Beautifully narrated, the result is both a sensitive portrayal of Muslim culture and a delectable adventure of the heart.” – USA Today
“An unashamedly escapist page-turner that will be enjoyed by fans of Kate Mosse and Philippa Gregory.” – The Daily Mail (UK)
Praise for The Salt Road
“The Salt Road, like all powerful stories, is about change. . . . For readers looking to experience a shifting, disappearing world, and to be introduced to an exotic culture with evocative descriptions, The Salt Road is an exhilarating ride. Part historic and part contemporary, with universal themes of betrayal, love, and the anguish caused by human greed, it has an ending rich and fulfilling enough for those who like all their questions answered.’ —Linda Holeman, The Globe and Mail