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The Kadin (Kadin #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,309 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews

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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Jun 05, 2010 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karla by: my Mom
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
Romy zakaria
Oct 23, 2014 Romy zakaria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Regan Walker
A Classic Saga; Love with a Turkish Sultan

First published in 1978, this was Small’s first novel and by her own words, she spent 5 years researching it. I love that her stories reflect deep historical research. It shows in the many details and the vivid descriptions. This is a saga covering more than fifty years. It’s divided into 5 parts, named for the heroine’s roles: the Ambassador’s Daughter, Cyra, The Kadin, Hafise and Janet. And the beginning and end, which take place in Scotland, provide p
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
Dec 27, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lover of Romance
Rating 3.5 Blossoms

I had high hopes for this one, and there were some things that were brilliant about this story. The history, the detail and the friendships that are developed. But quite frankly, I was disappointed in the romance and the ending was not what I expected. I would not term this as a romance, more around historical fiction with some romantic elements. I also didn't understand the heroine that well. She seemed way more mature than she should have been at being so young for what she
Susan (the other Susan)
A steamy, kidnap-y premise devolves from bodice ripper into a snoozer. I liked her descriptions of harem life, but was unable to give a hoot about the central "love" story or the female friendships. I wanted more Hot Harem Sex and less Gal Pals. I'm shallow that way.
Apr 16, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Elia Princess of Starfall
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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
Aug 02, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 14, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherry Ledet
Oct 07, 2014 Sherry Ledet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
My first Bertrice Small novel. Several months ago I undertook reading 'The Love Slave' also by Small, but didn't get past page 40-50 because from what I remember it wasn't up to my expectations. 'The Kadin', however, is a far cry from the first novel although without some disliked elements.

First of all, I really disliked the 'multiple heroines' feature of 'The Kadin' because it was deeply irritating that focus was put too much on more than one heroine rather than the usual single heroine of mos
Apr 07, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have fond memories of what was probably a fairly ridiculous Victoria Holt novel The Captive, read in my early teen years, so when this was posted as on sale it sounded similar enough to be worth a look. I was pleasantly surprised by the length and depth of the novel, it's not just the story of a young girl stolen away into a far-away harem, but rather the story of a remarkable fictional woman's life.

I personally have not researched the Ottoman empire or culture, let alone to the specificity of
Nov 16, 2011 Etty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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????
Louise Sinclair
Aug 16, 2015 Louise Sinclair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Green eyed, red haired and naked, Janet Leslie is 13 when she was abducted and sold naked to the highest bidder. Janet is purchased by the Chief Eunuch to the Ottoman sultan who has plans for her future.
Hidden away from Sultan Bajazet, Janet is renamed Cyra and given to Selim, future sultan of Turkey.
Cyra takes command of her destiny rising through the ranks to become bas - khadin and ultimately Sultan Valide guiding her son Sultan Sulieman as a ruler.
Ottoman customs are vividly brought to life.
Apr 24, 2012 Savannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Zionp Resident
Mar 12, 2015 Zionp Resident rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was distracted by the very blatant historical inaccuracies, Which is not something that always bother me with romance and fiction novels as long as the story is good enough. Even though it was an interesting look into what the lives of women was like in the Ottoman empire it just did not flow really well maybe if it was strictly from Cyra's point of view it would been better, the sad thing is she got it right in some instances which was nice because I have always found that aspect of Ottoman h ...more
Joan Vassar
Jun 27, 2015 Joan Vassar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters really came to life for me. I enjoyed learning about different cultures and the book hooked me from the beginning. Great Read!
May 18, 2013 Ana added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I was so irritated by this book that I did not finish it.
The prologue starts us off in 1484 and little Lady Janet Leslie is 4 years old by the time we reach the epilogue it is 1566. That should tell you not to expect a regular style romance when the story spans 82 years. At 13 Janet is betrayed and enslaved. She is then auctioned off where she is purchased for the harem of the Turkish Sultan Bajazet and brought to Constantinople. She now becomes Cyra. But there are bigger plans in store for her. By 14 she and 5 other girls have been given to Prince Se ...more
Brenda Hall
Feb 09, 2015 Brenda Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ene Sepp
Mar 12, 2015 Ene Sepp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hämmastav taustatöö on ikkagi selle raamatu kirjutamisse pandud ja see juba vajab imetlust. Aga rääkides sisust, siis üldjoontes oli raamat minu jaoks huvitav. Ma sain teada, et ma ise ei oleks küll haaremis ellu jäänud. Kogu selle intrigeeritsemise ning salaplaanidega. Cyra oli muidugi tark naine, teadis mida tegi, aga vahepeal tekkis tema käitumises küsitavusi. Lahtiütlemine oma elust käis minu jaoks 13aastaselt liiga kergesti ja samamoodi olid lõpus mõned kaheldava väärtusega sündmused. Minu ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Bron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Marie Lamkey
Apr 23, 2014 Marie Lamkey rated it it was amazing

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
Aug 04, 2014 Eris Field rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: influenced
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.

Apr 09, 2016 Fether rated it it was amazing
The Kadin

I got this book from my mother in law and she wanted it back after I'd finished. Reading it first, I fell in love with Bertrice Small.
Having read 97% of what she has published, more than once, I have recommended her to friends looking for a good read.
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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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