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The White Queen – Review
Fiction, Historical Fiction / January 31, 2015

First published in 2009, The White Queen is the sixth book by Philippa Gregory and first in The Cousins’ War series. The story explores 15th century England and power struggles that rocked the country between Lancasters and Yorkists, with meddling of foreign entities and betrayals from within. The book has all the right elements and is no wonder a best seller.

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The Architect’s Apprentice – Review
Fiction, Historical Fiction / January 24, 2015

First published in 2014, The Architect’s Apprentice explores 16th century Istanbul swinging between artistic glory and religious bigotry, with an Indian boy called Jahan trying to find its place in society and a rare white elephant called Chota to company. The novel brings to life the historic city and how the renowned Master Sinan, the Chief Royal Architect, created majestic buildings that give Istanbul its beauty. Synopsis ‘There were six of us: the master, the apprentices and the white elephant. We built everything together…’ Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no worldly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare white elephant destined for the palace menagerie. So begins an epic adventure that will see young Jahan rise from lowly origins to the highest ranks of the Sultan’s court. Along the way he will meet deceitful courtiers and false friends, gypsies, animal tamers, and the beautiful, mischievous Princess Mihrimah. He will journey on Chota’s back to the furthest corners of the Sultan’s kingdom and back again. And one day he will catch the eye of the royal architect, Sinan, a…