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Sultana: Two Sisters

(Sultana #3)

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In fourteenth-century Spain, former friends vie for a man's heart and the future of his kingdom. Both women are captives sold into the harem of Sultan Yusuf I of Moorish Granada.

A young girl with a hidden heritage, Esperanza Peralta, forges a new identity as Butayna and becomes the mother of Yusuf's firstborn son. The Jewess Miriam Alubel takes the name Maryam and also bea
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ebook, 320 pages
Published July 29th 2013 by Alhambra Press (first published July 22nd 2013)
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Lindsay Townsend
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Yarde's series of novels dealing with the Moorish history of Spain continues with her powerful 'Sultana: Two Sisters.' It concerns two women, taken as captives and sold as slaves, who rise to power within the kingdom. Their own personal heritage is complex, a mix of Christian, Jewish and Moorish, which reflects the make-up of historical Spain at that time. Once close, the women become deadly rivals and their life-and-death struggles make up much of this novel. 'Sultana: Two Sisters' examine ...more
Lucy
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who will become Mother of the Sultan?

Knowing so very little about Moorish Spain in the 1400's (before Queen Isabella), SULTANA Two Sisters divulged a brand new historical world to me- well worth reading about! I had no idea of the power concocted behind the scenes by women in those times- in a misogynist culture where they had no say. Well...Surprise, surprise!

The story begins with two young friends- one Christian, the other, Jewish: Esperanza and Miriam, becoming captured to become slaves in
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Mirella
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Get this book. Get it now! I doubt you’ll be disappointed. I love this series. Sultana: Two Sisters by Lisa J. Yarde continues the saga of the 14th Century Nasrid Dynasty begun with Sultana and Sultana’s Legacy. It is a time of harsh realities, blood baths, and political turmoil. In this, the third novel of this fascinating series, set during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hajjaj Yusuf I of Granada, two women become deadly enemies in the fight for supremacy. Butayna and Maryam vie for the heart of Su ...more
Laura
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written novel, and such mastery at crafting the world of Moorish Spain. I wanted to keep reading.

An intelligent, exotic romance meets with Granada Palace intrigue, in this enthralling tale of rivalry, betrayal, love and the ruthless quest for power. The scheming of palace women striving for influence was highly entertaining, as was the nuanced exchanges between rival women.

While never eschewing the raw realities of history, Yarde infuses her pages with delightful sensual det
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Carol Dommermuth
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you just can't stop reading! Two best friends are kidnapped by the Turkish rebels and sold in slavery to the Sultan's harem. What follows is a delicious romp through their lives and how these lives diverge due to the jealousy and vengeance of both women. The intrigues of an ancient harem are fascinating.
Susan Pola Staples
Hmm. I didn't like this as much as the others. But finish about a week after the others.
Sue Klasing
The first half of the book was fantastic, not sure what happened with the last half it was all down hill from there. They reached the climax too early in the story.
Deborah
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner. Interesting slice of life in Moorish Spain.
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Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe.

She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, On Falcon’s Wings, featuring a star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and The Burning Candle, based on the life of the first countess of Leicester and Surrey, Isabel de Vermandois, progenitor of roya
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  • Sultana: The Bride Price (Sultana #4)
  • Sultana: The Pomegranate Tree (Sultana #5)
  • Sultana: The White Mountains (Sultana #6)

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