"A page-turner . . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction." - Booklist
HE COULD HAVE HAD ANY WOMAN IN THE EMPIRE. HE WANTED ONLY ONE.
Suleiman the Magnificent ruled an empire of thirty million people; his army conquered all who stood against him; he rebuilt Istanbul in marble and made it one of the greatest cities in the world. In his personal harem he kept three hundred of the empire’s most beautiful women.
But his greatest danger lay not outside the walls - but within.
Despite its luxury, his harem was virtually a prison. For his concubines, the only way to a better life was to find a way into his bed and bear him a son. But the young Sultan gave all his attention to his favorite, Gulbehar.
Until one day, when a new arrival from Russia takes fate into her own hands. She is clever and she is ruthless. And she has a plan to displace her - and become queen.
What will happen if he forsakes his harem for the love of just one woman, and marries her in defiance of his pashas, his nation and the centuries-old code of his people?
This is the astonishing story of Suleiman, the one they called the Magnificent, and the woman he loved.
From medieval Venice to the slave markets of Algiers, from the mountains of Persia to the forbidden seraglio of the Ottoman's greatest sultan, this is a tale of passion and intrigue in a world where nothing is really as it seems.
HAREM has been a megaseller right across Europe. It was a runaway hit in Germany and has since been sold into 18 languages.
*THIS 2019 EDITION INCLUDES EDITORIAL REVISIONS
What readers and reviewers are saying about HAREM
"...masterfully written and you find yourself entered into the worlds and lives of the characters. I couldn’t put this book down!! If you enjoy historical fiction, this is of a time, era and culture that I have not seen frequently written about.” Susan L.Carrier *****
If you haven’t read one of Colin Falconer’s novels, then I promise you are in for a real roller-coaster ride of never ending intrigue ... a spectacular, haunting tale of malice, obsession, and zeal set in the magnificent Harem of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent ...” – History and Women
"... an epic tale on a grand scale. I could not put it down." - Paul Fields.*****
"Fantastic storytelling. loved this. the characters were so real." - Connie B*****
DISCOVER MORE COLIN FALCONER HISTORICAL FICTION
Book 1: SILK ROAD
Book 2: HAREM
Book 3: A VAIN AND INDECENT WOMAN
Book 4: CLEOPATRA: Daughter of the Nile
Book 5: AZTEC
Book 6: STIGMATA
Book 7: EAST INDIA
Book 8: A GREAT LOVE OF SMALL PROPORTION
ISABELLA: Braveheart of France (published by LAKE UNION)
20TH CENTURY STORIES:
Book 1: ANASTASIA
Book 2: MY BEAUTIFUL SPY
Book 3: SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
Book 4: LIVE FOR ME
THE UNKILLABLE KITTY O’KANE (published by LAKE UNION)
LOVING LIBERTY LEVINE (published by LAKE UNION)
COLIN FALCONER CRIME:
LUCIFER FALLS (published by Little, Brown London)
INNOCENCE DIES (published by Little, Brown London)