The Kadin (Kadin #1)
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...more
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 ...more
* 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 ...more
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 ...more
And I must stress - the typos were horrendous in the e-book version. Very ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The story follows the life of Janet, a girl from S ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I was also saddened by all the tragedies in her life. I was n ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I personally have not researched the Ottoman empire or culture, let alone to the specificity of ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
Beatrice Small has given us other fascinating stories but none have quite the impact of 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.