Book #6 of the Sultana series. In fifteenth-century Moorish Spain, Moraima, wife of the last Sultan of Granada faces an uncertain future. Her husband’s realm endures terrible odds in battles against dangerous foes. The united Catholic monarchs Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragón gain ground steadily, encroaching upon Granada, while dynastic rivalries fracture the Moorish kingdom from within the palace. How can Moraima ensure the survival of her family, shattered by warfare and betrayal?
Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe.
Besides being the author of the Order of the Dragon, she is also the author of a six-part series set in Moorish Spain, Sultana, Sultana’s Legacy, Sultana: Two Sisters, Sultana: The Bride Price, Sultana: The Pomegranate Tree, and Sultana: The White Mountains, where rivalries and ambitions threaten the fragile bonds between members of the last Muslim dynasty to rule in Europe. The first title in the series is available in multiple languages.
Lisa has also published 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 royal and non-noble lines still living today. Lisa’s short stories, The Legend Rises, part of the HerStory anthology, which chronicles the Welsh princess Gwenllian of Gwynedd’s valiant fight against twelfth-century English invaders, and The Heretic, part of the anthology We All Fall Down, wherein the Hispano-Muslim doctor Ibn al-Khatib fights the Black Death at great personal cost, are also available now.
Born in Barbados, Lisa lived abroad for 33 years until a recent, permanent return to her island home. She has been a member of the Historical Novel Society, a presenter at its 2015 Denver conference, and served as the co-chair of the Historical Novel Society – New York City chapter (2015-2017). She currently serves as the chapter’s social media manager. An avid techie, she has presented before varied audiences on the topics of historical fiction, self-publishing, and website and social media management. She is also an enthusiastic blogger and book reviewer, having moderated and contributed to Unusual Historicals, Great Historicals, and History & Women, and previously reviewed historical fiction for the History & Women blog, Washington Independent Review of Books, and through NetGalley. Her personal blog is The Bajan Scribbler.
A Stunning Conclusion to the Sultana Series (History of Moorish Spain) It started with Sultana, the first novel in a 6 book series that depicted the intriguing lives and turmoil of the family dynasty that ruled Moorish Spain. Now, Sultana: The White Mountains brings this series to a stunning conclusion. This story takes place in the 15th century. It is a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss. Told through the point of view of Moraima, wife of the last Sultan of Granada, I truly experienced the losses of war, the heart-ache of dangerous intrigues, and a powerful love between a Sultan and his woman that endured despite all the political and dynastic turmoil of this last sultanate.
Lisa Yarde writes with passion as she ignites the sights and smells of the time. As with all her Sultana series novels, this last one is meticulously researched, is told authentically, and resounds with plenty of plot twists that held my interest until its conclusion. The author includes her own historical notes and a character chart as a reference.
The Sultana series is imaginative while being true to the times. Lisa Yarde tells each story with bold honesty, never shying away from vivid descriptions of happenings and the brutality of the era. Her sensual descriptions lent a reality to the tale and kept me immersed from first page to last!