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Where the Sun Rises: A story of feminine courage and friendship

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For most, the war with ISIS plays out on a faceless global stage. For these two best friends, it’s personal…

Kurdish Syria, 2014. Karin longs to fight for her freedom. Except she’s forced to stay home while her brother heads into battle and ISIS advances. But when death and destruction arrive at the city gates, Karin shoulders her rifle and prepares to engage.

Roza aches
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Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published October 9th 2019 by Green Acre Publishing
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Mariam Mohsen
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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Rajni Rani
Every time I read Where the Sun Rises: A story of feminine courage and friendship I was teleported to Kobane, Syria. It was as if I was amongst Karin & Roza, witnessing their life through the lens of the author Suzanne Strong.
First thanks to the author for bringing the story of women of war torn countries like Syria to the fore and allowing outsiders to live the fear, anxiety, uncertainty, emotions, separation, isolation, their loss and the most – the audacity of ladies. I’ve never been to eithe
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Dee
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Karen
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historic-novel
I was given a free copy of this book by the author, via Booktasters, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, Suzanne Strong! You opened my eyes to all the nuances of war, and the experience of women in these most difficult times. What makes this book so much more vibrant, is that it is based on truth. It is sooo much more horrifying when you realise this while reading. The book's characters stayed with me long after the story ended, and I had to go and google the places and the peop ...more
Ana
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I chose this book as a free ARC from Voracious Readers Only because it sounded like a story about female empowerment.

The book tells us the story of female fighters in Kobane (Syria) from the point of view of two Kurdish women, Karin and Roza, who have been best friends since childhood. I don't want to give too much of the story away, so I'll just say that they both join the YPJ (the female volunteer unit of Syrian Kurdish militia) to protect Kobane against Daesh (the Islamic State). But it's abo
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Andrea LaBarge
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When The Sun Rises, by Suzanne Strong, tells the heart-wrenching story of a town ravaged by war. People are dying, buildings are blown up. From one minute to the next, one wonders whether their home or even worse be taken from them. It paints a vivid picture of what living in a town driven by war looks like and how difficult life must be. Karin and Roza, or Kar and Rozi, as they are affectionately called grew up together. Both families now live in the dangerous town of Kobane. As the Daesh (AKA ...more
Jamie Cha
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ecopy of the book from Voracious Readers Only. I did not know much about the war between Kobane and Dausch. I liked that the book was about female empowerment and making their country for all members of their society.

I did not know know much about female fighters in Kobane. The characters in the book, real life heroes, reminded me of women I know. They were fighting for a better world. I learned a lot from the book.

This was the first book, I have read, that I thought it was one
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Mark Cooper
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"She stopped and fired her AK47. Karin had also stopped. and began to fire as well. The girls ran past them, screaming. Tanah hurriedly ushered them inside the building. Three Daesh men fell onto the street dead, and Roza felt something slam into her arm. Wetness and shock filled her. Karin supported Roza across the street towards the door and into the passageway. Roza was bleeding from a deep wound to her arm, but there was no time to stop."

Suzanne's gripping war novel, "Where the Sun Rises", i
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Chryssie
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I received a complimentary copy of this book by the author and I am so glad I did, I learned so much! Considering I know so much about the World Wars, I am embarrassed to say that I do not know much about the ISIS war and the battle between Kobane and Dausch, nor did I know anything about the incredibly brave Kurdish women who became female fighters and joined the resistance. This book gave me so much insight me and I have gained such an admiration for the strong women in this true story about r
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Camille Aromin
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Where The Sun Rises is a story of feminine and courage and friendship. It's all about how they fought for Daesche during the war in Syria.


The girl's named Karin wanted to fight for her freeedom but she was refused to go so she can stay at home ad his brother will be heading to the battle and when the ISIS advanced.

Roza's sister's friend is captured by an ISIS and that is Daesche. She longs to be a good mother and a sister too. She is fighting for her sister's friend to defend form the ISIS.

The
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Louise Andrews
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this book in return for a review and I’m so glad I chose it. I knew little about the Kurdish women fighting in Syria against Daesh and found it educational and heartbreaking. I’d have liked it to be even longer to understand a little more about the characters lives before they went to war. The thought of having a war zone literally on the doorstep and fighting with your school friends is something I can barely imagine. I read it one day as it was so interesting but I’d have liked even ...more
Angus McGeachie
A great account of what the Kurdish women and men achieved against a vile enemy. Not just a book about conflict but the conflicts that these women faced. A book that well documented the human struggles of all wars. I highly recommend it to all modern history buffs.
Angela Newnham
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing and revealing insight into the Syrian conflict. The war, the sex slavery, being pushed to the edge and not knowing if you will survive but ultimately knowing what is right and what is wrong. Women fighting for freedom. What's not to like? ...more
David Lee
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A powerful and stirring story mostly concerning two Kurdish female soldiers fight against Daesh. The author has invested considerable time and effort in her research. A great read.
Tanushree Ghosh
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Strong story with strong characters. Easy read. Know of the research that went into writing this and it shows
The Terrible Triplet
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I give these 5 stars with pleasure, as they give the most credence to an author's efforts.

Want to know what the book is about ... read the free chapters! :-)
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Asiaman
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. I had no idea about the Kurdish women soldiers.
This opened my eyes and this was a wonderful story that needed to be told.
Please do yourself a favor and read this exciting book. The characters are easy to bond to and the ending is, well, it is the ending. I loved reading this and hope you do too.
Alison Quigley
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With Turkish forces invading northern Syria, the release of Sue Strong’s new novel Where The Sun Rises offers a timely and necessary insight into the conflicts of this region.

The focus in Strong’s novel is the village of Kobane, a Syrian town within walking distance of the southern Turkish border. In contemporary times – late 2019 – forces backed by Turkey are amassing to drive out the Kurds, but back in 2014-15, when the novel is set, the Kurds are pushing back against Daesh, an Islamic terrori
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Mirrhya
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. I loved reading about war and conflict from the female point of view. Something so rare in this day and age. And not condcending, which I find happens quite often. My favourite was how descriptive she was. I was sure I could smell the air. Totally recommend this book. I was greatly fortunate to receive a complimentary review copy from the author through Voracious Readers Only.
Angela Nicholas
Meticulously researched, particularly relevant and necessary today, this harrowing story conveys the plight of the Kurdish female soldiers through the eyes of Karin in her frontline battle against ISIS for homeland, liberation and equality.
Highly descriptive and evocative, Strong gives a detailed insight into Kurdish family life as well as the horrors of war. But its power lies in the strength of its women... Their will to rise up, their desire for freedom and their connection as fellow sisters
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Heather Wellstead
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Review by Heather Wellstead.
B.A. Creative Writing -Author/Poet and freelance writer.

The importance of ‘Where the sun rises´ topic/genre is defined by current world news reporting the atrocities of war in Syria. The trauma of native Kurdish women caught up in this conflict, is reflected in this fictitious text. For the reader, it’s an education into the reality of war and the bravery shown by women caught up in the conflict.
Through the author’s direct language, the reader is immediately transpo
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Maggie Long
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

Suzanne Strong has written a very powerful book that will tug at your heart.
This is a story about the brave women who fought against the Daesh to save their town. An Eye-opener and a tearjerker to the way they sacrificed themselves for their comrades.
This is a book that you won't want to put down until you finish it.
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Leah McFetridge
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where the Sun Rises is a novel that shows a largely untold story. The story of Kurdish women who fought ISIS in Syria in 2014. It was an extremely personal story, that showed the reality of war from the point of view of two best friends. The dilemmas, the pain, the humour, and life, are all intwined in this story. It was an intimate tale of loyalty, bravery and strength and how these women were achieving amazing victories against Daesh. I loved it. I bonded with the two main characters and enjoy ...more
Leah McFetridge
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where the Sun Rises is a novel that shows a largely untold story. The story of Kurdish women who fought ISIS in Syria in 2014. It was an extremely personal story, that showed the reality of war from the point of view of two best friends. The dilemmas, the pain, the humour, and life, are all intwined in this story. It was an intimate tale of loyalty, bravery and strength and how these women were achieving amazing victories against Daesh. I loved it. I bonded with the two main characters and enjoy ...more
Nell Taig
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It took me to a place I will never be, amongst people I will never meet, but stories about this part of world often come up in the news. Until now it has been very easy to disconnect from the horror stories coming from these places. Now that I feel I have been there along side these remarkable women I will certainly connect on a higher level to the problems in this part of the world. Ms Strong has a very detailed style of writing which makes it easy to be totally immersed in the ...more
Sue
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Having just read Where the Sun Rises by Suzanne Strong I am very impressed that it’s been launched when Turkey just evicted the Kurdish people - this is SO the book. Female fearless fighters - standing up for what they believe. So well written it feels you are really there. Recommend it highly.

Marilyn Cowling
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Where the Sun Rises’ was difficult to put down . It’s a gripping read , amazingly researched and written with great sensitivity . I highly recommend as a narrative on a difficult but vitally important topic .
Dawn Brookes
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully unique read, highlighting the horrors of war while exploring the relationships between women determined to fight and protect their region. At times harrowing and heart-wrenching but also filled with hope. Well worth a read.
Mary Kathleen
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well researched, moving story of women fighting for their country and rights. Congratulations Suzanne.
Julie Porter
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Spoilers: The themes of war and feminism on the homefront and battlefield are revealed in Suzanne Strong's novel, Where The Sun Rises, a suspenseful and heartbreaking novel about two women who join an all-female fighting unit in war torn Syria.

In 2014, Karin and Roza are two friends who live in Kobane, Syria in tense anticipation as Daesh's army is closing in on the Kurds. Many men are fighting a resistance against the approaching army. The people left behind are left with the choices: either le
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