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The Kadin (Kadin #1)

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Abducted from a life of privilege, she was sold into slavery in a distant land. For Lady Janet Leslie there would be no escaping the harem of the wealthy and powerful Sultan Selim. But from the moment the handsome ruler spied his breathtaking "Cyra," was captivated -- by the fiery desire that coursed through his veins. She belonged to him, body and soul -yet it was he who

Kindle Edition, 451 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1978)
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I've read most of Small's early romances, but never The Kadin. Can't explain that one. I'm glad I finally did, and I greatly enjoyed it, despite its flaws.

First, the good stuff. For a debut novel, Small seemed determined to never let the reader go without description of setting and decor. It is costume porn, and while it got a bit tedious after awhile, I can't fault her for creating a vivid image of the harem world. It's a setting that she obviously liked back in the 70s and 80s (since nearly ev
Leave it to ole Bertrice to shake things up, delivering a most chaste harem saga. I mean, wow, she kind of makes it seem like the most sensible thing ever. The endless descriptions of both dress, hierarchy, and the chessboard game of thrones was a bit dulling, and that's after you swallowed the plot of a special snowflake tween who quickly and rationally hops into harem politics and diplomacy without batting an eye. Yeesh.

And I must stress - the typos were horrendous in the e-book version. Very
Loved it! It is because of THIS book that I am now in love with Turkish style, history, culture, and of course Kadin (harem) . Read ALOT of single romance books of B.Small's ! Loved them all
I found that the summary of this book was very misleading. It makes it sound similar to one of Johanna Lindsey's older bodice rippers, but this book is really, really, not that. I wouldn't even call this a romance novel. There's no "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending", and the main focus isn't even on the relationship between the primary couple. I would instead call this a historic novel, which is fine if that's what you're looking for.

The story follows the life of Janet, a girl from S
The Kadin is Bertrice Small's debut novel, published in 1978. It is the harem novel of all harem novels, taking the reader on a wild journey from the Scottish Court of James IV in the late 1400s through the Ottoman Empire, inside the Sultan's harem, before concluding back in Europe in the mid 1500s.

What Small has created in this book is astounding, particularly because she wrote this decades before George R R Martin's beloved Game of Thrones novels that are, like Small, partly based on historica
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
I finished the book an hour ago and thought about what I was going to say on the review. The bottom line is I really have no idea what I just read. This book was touted as a romance and there was no romance to it that I could see. It was more of a history of the Ottoman Empire. Guess what? I don't care about the Ottoman Empire. I didn't care about any of the characters in this book. There was so much detail about how opulent things were. I get it. Let's get down to some action here, you know. No ...more
Romy zakaria
The Muslim in me is offended and disgusted by the horrible lies told about my religion -_- Muslim men aren't allowed to sell and buy women and treat them like whores
* i won't bore you with all the details about the mistakes the writer made *
but please dear writers , READ A BOOK! ..

but even if i weren't a Muslim ,, where is the point of this novel ?? how can a woman take it easy that her husband has 5 other lovers and in what hell is to okay for a 13 year-old to be a mistress even if it's the
Sherry Ledet
I read this years ago and just reread it. Janet Leslie the 13 year old daughter of a Scots Lard,
Ambassador to a small Spanish country on the Mediterrean is kidnapped and sold to a representative of the future sultan of Turkey. As his BasKadin Janet, or Cyra as she becomes known, is to become the mother of a future sultan and live a life of luxury and intrigue. The book is filled with fiction and history and Cyra's story is one that probably never happened but it sure is fun to imagine. Beatrice
Salah satu cerita terburuk yang pernah gue baca!!! Mereka bertiga waras gak sih! Maunya berbagi satu pria! Menurut gue bukan cinta sejati namanya kalau harus berbagi cinta! Dipertengahan ampe loncat terakhir udah bikin mual bacanya. Semuanya ditidurin dan melahirkan anak buat Selim? Oh my God! Kalau ada cewek cakep lagi nongol bakalan nambah lagi dong koleksinya????
This was not a romance novel. Instead, it was a badly written, historically incorrect regular novel. Though I love Ms. S,all, this is not close to her best. If you want a really good classic romance, try the Love Slave.
I started reading this book to find out if it was a book I'd read years ago. I'd bought a romance book (along with bath oil, candles, etc) for a friend going through a hard time. I read it myself and loved it, then sent it on to her. I've been trying to find it to read again but can't remember the name.

It was about a young English girl who's ship is captured by pirates in the Mediterraian. After being bought and prepared for a harem, she has a love affair with the Arab Shiek she's given to. Ve
Brenda Hall
Chock full of history and a very enjoyable story. Set at first in Scotland, but the heroine is captured and goes to the Middle East to find her one true love that she has to share with other women. There is plenty of intrigue and danger, which is why she ends up once again in Scotland. The husband she weds in the Ottoman Empire is mentioned in history books, which is why I have in some instances a problem differentiating between fact and fiction. Otherwise, great story.
I borrowed this ebook through the local library, and am left wondering if it was an unfinished publication as there are many errors in grammar and spelling, and frequently no sentence endings.

The Kadin is the story of a young girl who was kidnapped in the early 16th century, and bought for the Turkish sultans harem. Here our heroine meets some other girls in similarly unexpected circumstances, makes a pact with them that affects the rest of their lives.

The story gives an idea of what life may b
Alecia Williams
I love the way this book was written.
I think Cyra was a smart woman but she fell short of Hadgi Bey's wisdom when she chose to interfere in her son's love life by selecting that clawing witch of a girl Roxelana.
I like that she got to see her son Prince Karim again. But, Lord, you see so much of her life that you see the death of her sons, husband, friends, brother. It's a fact of life but chucked as it is in this book it seems overwhelming.
I love the travel throuh history; makes me want to take
Marie Lamkey

wonderful historical at an intriguing time mixed with romantic undertones from side of the world to the other. full of emotions and intriguing characters that make up an excellent storyline. written with full knowledge of events with difficulties putting book down until completed.

Eris Field
The Kadin is the 'gold standard' by which all novels about life in Ottoman harems are judged. Beatrice Small crafted an amazing story that holds the reader spellbound as history, intrigue, and love are intertwined.

Beatrice Small has given us other fascinating stories but none have quite the impact of The Kadin.

Picked this one up off the Smart Bitches sale round up. I read a ton of Bertrice Small back in the day but missed this one. (I went through a crazy Bertrice Small/Virginia Henley/Madeline Hunter/Teresa Mederios medieval romance binge around age 17/18.)

Let it be said, this is OLD SKOOL romance. The misogyny, red-headed super heroine who's good at everything (and SUPER beautiful), Alpha heroes like damn, "forced seduction", and characters who talk in giant swaths of exposition.

All that aside, I r
Wow! I loved this historical aspects of this book which made up for the fact that there wasn't a lot of romance. Although Small's descriptions were quite lengthy I was intrigued to learn about the different costumes, palaces, and customs of the Ottomans. Cyra seemed a little too good to be true, but then I guess she's "one in a million" so I tried to overlook it. Also I wish there had been more of a love story between her and Selim. They seemed pretty happy and normal as a married couple, but th ...more
This is the story about a young girl who was kidnapped, sold as a slave and became a concubine for a Turkish sultan. I love to read books about the Turkish sultans and their concubines.
I don't quite know what to say about this book. It raised such conflicting emotions in me. I initially had real problems with the polygamous relationship of a sultan. Janet/Cyra loved Selim in spite of having been kidnapped to join his harem. And he loved her. Yet he never hesitated to take other women to his bed. That surprisingly bothered me. I guess because it didn't seem to bother her and I was relating to her throughout the book.

I was also saddened by all the tragedies in her life. I was n
this might be in the same category as one of Ms Woodwiss' works ... it's a far-fetched but readable saga until the last chapter when all the intermarrying gets really tangled
Raven Hart
I love reading fiction and nonfiction books about the Ottoman Empire and harems. Harem life is such a mystery. I like getting my greedy hands onto any Bertrice Small book.
Mayra Solano
Great read!

Great story. Very different from other stories I have read. It kept me reading through the night. I loved the Turkish setting.
Mawiah Landry
One of my favorite books of all time.

Also, my favorite Bertrice Small book. It is a delightful snapshot of another time and another place, full of adventure, sensuality, and incredible love. I first read this book about 25 yrs ago and have re-read it literally a hundred times since then.

A questions to the fans: Does anyone else remember reading a version where Cyra has Esther kill Khurrem through a poison in her bath soap/shampoo? I seem to remember this from my original reading but have not f
My favorite book ever! I could retread this book a million times and it would never get old.
I stuck with it until page 200 when I realized its just going to keep going and going and going just the same... too floral, too chauvinistic, too Cyra cultish, too much adoration for sultan, too much either sugary camaraderie or hateful plotting, bleh. As characters changed they were basically replacements of each other. I found it presented in an outdated way and I didn't have the patience for it. Also, I know Cyra didnt exactly have a choice in terms of being abducted, but I am surprised that ...more
Robin Cianciola
An awesome book. Shocking at how poorly proof-read and edited it was. Probably at LEAST two typos per page. Enjoyed the book much. Got a little wrapped up in political stuff toward the very end. By that point I was so anxious to learn about Janet/Cyra's story line that I just wanted the war details to end. They didn' t make much sense because the story line didn' t focus too much on that until the last few chapters. Strongly recommend this book. What a difference between the Turkish and Scottish ...more
Melissa DeHart
My favorite historical romance of all time. I read it at least once a year. Spans the years between 1480 and 1566 in Scotland and Turkey. Begins with a young Scottish girl named Janet Leslie who is kidnapped and sold into a Turkish harem and is renamed Cyra. She becomes the bas-kadin to Sultan Selim and mother to Sultan Suleiman. All the intrigues, battles, friendships, children, romance, this book has it all. I love it so much and if I could pick one fictional woman to be, it would be Cyra.
I love Bertrice Small and usually buy her books in paperback. I just happened to run across this on sale as an ebook so I had to have it. This is on of her older books and wasn't like any I have read so far. Be ready to time travel back to late 15th Century through mid 16th Century Scotland to the Ottoman Empire to Persia and back. One thing I have always loved about Bertrice Small is that there is always true historical events and a story woven in.
Bertrice Small's books are unabashed romance porn, mostly on the exotic side. This one is kind of her Ur-harem work, and it is a hella guilty pleasure of mine. Top-down idiosyncratic "history" of the Scots and the Ottoman Turks from the mid 1400s through the mid 1500s, from Sultan Bajazet through Selim to Suleiman the Magnificent, Henry the VII through Edward Tudor, etc. And lots of harem intrigues and sizzling het sex. Guilty pleasure, for sure.
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Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S. and David R. Williams, both broadcasters. She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton. They had a son Thomas David. She has ...more
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