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The Kadin

(Kadin #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,761 ratings  ·  138 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 ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published February 1st 1978 by Avon (first published 1978)
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Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell

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I read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2017 Reading Challenge. For more info about what this is, click here.

You know what I like best about Bertrice Small? Her work is like glorious, trashy fanfiction of historical characters, set in an AU of special specialness, where all "good people" are beautiful, unless they're female and not the heroine in which case they are "evil, conniving you-know-whats," and all ugly/fat
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Regan Walker
A Classic Saga: Love with a Turkish Sultan

First published in 1978, this was Small’s debut novel and by her own words, she spent five years researching it. I love that her stories reflect deep historical research. It shows in the many details and the vivid descriptions.

The saga begins in the late 15th century and covers 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 ta
Romy zakaria
Jun 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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
Remember that time Tova said she was going to read it even though she said she wasn't. Well she's DNFing it because she loves herself and knows she doesn't care and will probably hate it regardless, so she's saving herself pain and time.
Remeber that time, Tova said she would never read another Bertrice Small book again? Yeah, well she's gonna read this one. My library bought this on my purchase suggestion (because I have zero control). So I'm going to read it and probably hate it. Expect anot
Elia Princess of Starfall
Sep 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one I Iike or respect
Recommended to Elia Princess of Starfall by: F*cking Goodreads
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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.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I know Bertrice Small's books are not for everyone but I love them and this is no exception. I love how much research she puts into her books. They are not for the feint of heart. She digs into the deep, dark depths of our world's history and weaves it into her stories. Yes, the heroine of this book is put into some extreme situations. These situations are the types that really happened to women throughout history (and yes women are still dealing with these atrocities in today's world as well an ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Chanel Sharp
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, romance, historical, old
Mom gave this book a three star because the writing is good/the author has some talent. Mom, though, has some complaints they she needs to air so heads up, this is not a review as much as it is a complaint list, with some complements thrown in.
Mom liked some of the progressive female friendships, but there were still some very unprogressive ones too, along with unprogressive, sometime contradicting thoughts.
The other thing mom would say is this is not a romance, so much as it more came off to
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 19, 2010 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 rated it really liked it
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
Dawn ♥ romance
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, historical
This is still one of my favorite historical romances after reading it again ten years later. I was totally engrossed from beginning to end with all the fast paced exciting action packed with intrigue. Both times after finishing I looked up more on the Ottoman Empire and characters from the story. Scottish Lady Janet is kidnapped and sold into slavery to the harem of Sultan Selim.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Jill Myles
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My favorite guilty pleasure romance. There's something about a harem fantasy...
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is fascinating. I love the Kadin
May 18, 2013 added it
Shelves: dnf
I was so irritated by this book that I did not finish it.
Joan Vassar
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The characters really came to life for me. I enjoyed learning about different cultures and the book hooked me from the beginning. Great Read!
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lusciously detailed. I'll have more later! I really enjoyed this one.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
He said it was going to be forever...

This was such a disappointment and talk about DEPRESSING. The hero dies---and he's got like five other wives. The sex is boring. Honestly, hanging wallpaper is more interesting. It's all subplots and intrigue. Like I really care that some nameless person was poisoned. Even the death of her sons is a simple afterthought. I cried more over a corny country song than this woman did over her son's death.

I am so disappointed. I was hoping for a prince to fall in lo
anji luce
I have never before read a book, where at the end, I was like, "finally!" I was literally exhausted from reading it. It just went on and on and on... but I couldn't put it down because I needed to know what happened to Janet, as I had read the Friarsgate series, first, and learned of her and her abduction.
The details and history, while amazing (I love reading about the clothing they wore back then) was just too much. And you were either in the moment, or it had all of a sudden skipped ahead yea
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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 liv ...more

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