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Desert Royal (The Princess Trilogy #3)

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This book paints a horrifying reality for women of the desert kingdom. It is a haunting look at the danger of Saudi male dominance and the desperate lives of the women they rule.
Unknown Binding, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Doubleday Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Suha
***SPOILER ALERT***

My first Jean Sassoon book, and willingly, it will be the last.
A so-called true capturing of the life of Sultana a Saudi princess, Sultana tells the story of her disgust with the backwardness of Saudi men, their mistreatment of women, how women in Saudi Arabia are controlled by their male family members, and how sexual slavery in Saudi Arabia is not uncommon especially among the royal family. Although Princess Sultana herself had not been in such a position since her husband K...more
Kara
Woohoo! I finally made time away from the kids to read a book and I loved it. What I enjoyed about this book is it was TRUE, based on the life of PRincess Sultana of Saudi Arabia. This book allowed me to learn about other cultures and how women are treated within. I was also able to learn about the royal family of Saudi Arabia and the crazy life of extreme wealth they live, yet with all the material wealth they possess, women still have little power.
Desert Royal was a real eye opener to me of h...more
Sarah
This is a tale of men with great wealth and power, whose morals have lowered to such an extent that they seek their pleasure at the expense of others. This is a tale of woman who, despite having the means to obtain almost anything they desire at any cost, cannot gain their ultimate desire: Freedom. This is a tale of oppression, in which women have no right to map out their own futures, but instead are married off as young girls to men twice their age and are treated with the utmost brutality. Th...more
Muhammad Syed
A splendid piece of true account. The author has put forward the ill moral characters of the Saudi Men before the whole world in a candid manner.

Being a Muslim and holding great reverence for the KSA being the birth place of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, I was disgusted to learn how the men behave and their attitude towards women. Islam & Prophet Muhammad teach us to be humble towards the females and never to exercise force against them.

However, the Saudi's do behave like sex lunatics. I have heard...more
Nicki Hill
ugh. i really hated this. i read the first of the series some months ago, and although not written well, i felt like it was an important story to tell. i was disappointed to be reading this third installment about utter misogyny. the sultana is a woman who's place in society is that of a victim, victim to her circumstance of dirty money and idle time. i do not doubt that she is limited to help women, a cause, she vehemently says she believes in. however, i do believe with a little self control a...more
Hillary
Apr 16, 2008 Hillary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a heart
There is an entire series of these Princess books, all of which I have read with an open heart. I wish I could say that I have searched for ways to make a difference, but, I have cherished my many freedoms with a clearer head and more open heart.
Amina
Very powerful. Anyone curious about the lives of middle eastern women should read this book. It is a little graphic but very good. Great ending to this series!
Amna Akrm
It was an overdose, I am from Saudi Arabia and I can tell you that women in my hometown are not treated as badly as the book suggests. In fact I was surprised at the kinds of things mentioned in the book, I have never heard of a single Saudi girl I knew who was forced into marrying a old ugly man, and this book is full of such stories and much more. Majority of the people treat their women as equals and love and respect them, they might not be able to drive but they have drivers to their service...more
Danielle Stoll
Dec 19, 2011 Danielle Stoll rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Danielle by: Laurie Stoll
The review I have of this book has been a hard one for me to decide. Sasson has always been in the spotlight of controversy because it is argued whether these stories and characters are fictional. I first read the trilogy in my early teens when my mother passed it on to me and from then I always chose to believe the word of the author as she claimed she retold the stories as they were told to her. Sadly, after re-reading the three books in my early 20’s I am not sure I hold the same opinion, mos...more
Ape
My 2009 bookcrossing review:

Well, I have now read the trilogy and I am glad I read her story right through. This is (obviously) a continuation from the first two books. Sultana's three children are now in their late teens, and certainly don't need their mother so much. This book is about a short period in her family's life: incidents and happenings. The international sex slavetrade also comes into this book more than I remember in the other two. And that is really grim. Rich men praying on pover...more
Kristy Buzbee
This was the last book in the Princess trilogy, written by a real-life Saudi Arabian princess. In it, Sultana's children are grown up, and she is left reflecting on her life - and feeling like she hasn't done enough. She struggles with alcoholism, which to be honest, I would have turned to at a much earlier point if I were living her life. Anyway, this is actually more of a story about her than a story about the things that happen to her, and it is her journey to discover that, while no one can...more
Uthraa
Another book about the princess was slightly an overdose. Indeed very well written by the author. Although the princess's constant helplessness that she failed to help the women in need and her drinking habit because of that was slightly disturbing. I really liked the part where Kareem(Princess's husband)says 'You were born an Arab princess,Sultana.Why fight your fate?'. While that being very discouraging, its the truth. And the princess never realized that because of which she some unreasonable...more
Faye Rahman
As I was finishing this book it saddened me that finally Princess Trilogy is ending. I read all three books in the trilogy and its a very fun read with many many amazing moments shared by Sultana with her readers. Her witty character and her high spirited heart have made the readings incredibly joyful!

Princess Sultana has open a lot of eyes and minds about the reality of women in the Middle East, although coming from a Princess's point of view, still oppressed and live under the ruling of the m...more
Kristy
I read the entire Princess Trilogy, but I spaced out the books over a few years. This worked well because I noticed that a few of the stories were acknowledged again in the sequels.

All 3 books are quick reads which detail the life of a Saudi Princess, Sultana, as she struggles with the repression of women in Saudi Arabia. The tails she recounts are heart-wrenching and the reader learns just why it is difficult for Sultana to help these women (or herself). The books tend to bounce between being...more
Febri
Buku terakhir dari trilogi The Princess. Buku ini justru lebih tepat di sebut sebagai awal dari tindakan nyata Sultana terhadap keadaan perempuan di negaranya setelah maju mundur di buku pertama dan kedua yang lebih banyak mengungkap emosi yang terkadang berlebihan untuk seorang muslimah.
Sayangnya, entah karena pemahaman sultana yang berbeda dengan umat muslim lainnya atau translate yang agak melenceng, sehingga ada bagian yang seolah menyatakan dalam islam orang yang membatalkan puasa ramadhan...more
Tracy
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Laura-Jane Barber
The conclusion of the trilogy includes more outrageously horrifying moments but also unexpected hope. Princess Sultana's risky move to share her story at least brings awareness to the true situation for Saudi Arabian women. Before reading this trilogy, I was living in ignorant bliss. Though I had read the fictional account of life in Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns, it makes the reality more appalling when you know it's a true account--as is the case with the Princess Trilogy.

On our nation...more
Miste
I thought the first book was really interesting, but by the 3rd book it was getting annoying. It's hard to take someone seriously that goes out and blows $500K on a shopping spree in New York. If she was really serious about doing something of value for women she would invest in things that would really make a difference for women like education, business opportunities, etc. I guess I found it harder to be sympathetic to her "family". I don't doubt that life is hard for her, but I can't help thi...more
Anita
The conclusion of the 'Princess' trilogy. Reading the books in sequence allows the reader to follow the progression of the life of Sultana, Princess of the House of Saud, of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, I cannot, at this time, get my hands on the second book, 'Princess Sultana's Daughters.' In this book, as with previous ones, there are torturous and despicable depictions of culturally-approved and sanctioned use and abuse of women as property by men in Arabia, and the battle and struggle of Sul...more
Nicole
It was nice to finally see these women stand up to their husbands and sons. The truthfulness of these books is a little clouded due to the author needing her identity protected. So I still wonder about some of the outrageous things written, including whether these women really had the guts to do what they needed to do for generations. Again, I'm left speechless that there are places currently that allow for women to be treated as they are in these books. How did I get so incredibly lucky?
Mavelyn
What an amazing woman, this Sultana. In her world of mega riches, she has dedicated her life to helping women in her country,(Saudi Arabia)to become free of terrible abuses at the hands of men, including their own fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, etc. In this final book of the trilogy, she also receives the help of her sisters in saving a young Palestinian girl from a life of certain terror. The sisters all vow to continue their assistance and call themselves, Sultana's Circle.
Mya Kyaw
Aug 16, 2012 Mya Kyaw rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Betty Bryant
Looking for a book about life of in Saudi Arabia's royal family? Desert Royal by Jean Sasson is a book written from Princess Sultana's point of view about their royal family which is also a sequel to The Princess trilogy. Cruelty towards women in her society forced her to fight for women rights in Saudi Arabia. This book is about both her external conflicts with people in the society and internal conflicts inside herself.
Ghaliya Al-Ajaji
It's such a shame reading about a dysfunctional "nuclear" family with problems like all regular normally human all over the world families and then disgrace and stamp a whole nation to be like wise. That was related to the first few chapters.

Later on.. comical, fictional and unbelievably boring. I'd say the childish book.
Aanchal Jairath
when i finished reading this book , i realized how little changes take a lot of effort , effort on the part of princess Sultana and the support of her sisters. Of how there are different worlds within our world , of which we have no knowledge at all .
It was an unforgettable book , an unforgettable trilogy.
Raven_sa
I didn't read the first two books. This book was ok, I guess. Interesting to see what a royal family is like. It was not very believable that Sultana is doing much for the abused women there. You would think that with her money and status she could do more.
Cheryl
Second book in the "Princess" series. Again, well worth reading. But disturbing as well. A book you won't long forget.
Samya abdelhadi

أعلم ان الحكم على مجتمع كامل هو نفي للأخلاق !!
وأبداانا لا استعمل صيغة الجمع عند الحكم على مجتمع او مجموعه اشخاص
احاول قدر المستطاع ان اكون دقيقة في اختياراتي

لكن هنا وللأسف
اكاد أن اخطى وأجمع لهيبي واحرق كل من فيهم

حلقة الاميرة سلطانه تعود الينا بواقه لعين ومقزز يعيشونه بكل ترف وبذخ ودنائه اعمال تبرر بكل وقاحة !

كحول
ادمان
اغتصاب
جنه عدن
بذخ وكبرياء

جمل اعجبتني
( ملاحظة .. الروايه تجسد الواقع بكلمات سلسة وليس هنالك مجال لابراز الفن اللغوي والتعابير)

عسى يغدو كل جمل في قطيعك كسيحا يا علي

حينما بدأ موكب الطعا...more
July Simmons
Such a intense story based on a true story. It always worries me how women around the world suffer so much.
Angela Johnson
Fascinating. I want to continue reading about Sultana and her family, I wish there were another book.
Yasmeen Al-Shehab
LOVED THIS ONE Especially to see how Sultana evolved. Really, I couldnt put these books down...
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Jean Sasson was born in a small town in Alabama. An avid reader from an early age, she had read all the books in her school library by the time she was 15 years old. She also began her book collection at age 15. When given the chance to travel, Sasson accepted a position at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, and lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 12 years. She...more
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