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Wow The start is incredibly uncomfortable to read cue crossing legs and suirming But once you get passed the mutilation and hardship the characters are instantly likable even the cruel and rebellious ones It s obvious how much research Hickman put into the novel especially with the map and glossary and one can not fail to appreciate this On the other hand some writers get bogged down in their research and this can threaten to overshadow the plot and characters but Hickman narrowly avoids this I recommend this novel to people who aren t sueamish who love historical fiction and who don t mind that certain parts have than a pinch of poetic license after all it is fiction If historical fiction isn t your thing then the novel still delivers in plot and character relationships It begins with the poisoning of the chief eunuch and through a series of flashbacks we see events unfold from there Gripping stuff I LOVED IT I AM SO BLOODY DISAPPOINTED BY loved it I am so bloody disappointed By ending I mean that poem that Celia leaves to Anetta could have been from before she went to see Paul that night Or indeed it could have been from later on after having come to the conclusion she would have never seen him ever againAnyway the novel was interesting overall I got to envisage a picture of Istanbul that I loved and it made me want to visit it for real But the ending good God the ending Why choose such an ending to a 500 pages novel at least in Romanian it was that lengthy I hate Katie Hickman pretty much right now For making me desire of Mehmet se n scenes and by this I mean Elizabeth s Mehmet not Mehmet the Sultan for making me long for the presence of Paul and Celia and basically for desperately wishing for them to come together once again This woman is a wretched criminal I tell you Why in God s name leave a reader unsatisfied They will never read your books again Which The characters do not inspire emotional attachment the plot is sufficiently predictable to prevent reader interest and the writing style is littered with a character s thoughts While not actively bad The Aviary Gate is boring and instantly forgettable At the end of this book Hickman mentions all the research she did but sadly while it definitely pays off in terms of atmosphere rustling silks perfumed gardens glittering ewels it does

to sustain a plot which a standard English girl in a harem clich Set as so many novels currently are in a dual time of 1599 Constantinople and present day Istanbul this tells the story of two women entrapped one literally in the Sultan s harem following a shipwreck the other in a self destructive love affair One finally escapes the other doesn tI read this because I was drawn to the Elizabethan story from the reviews but actually found that very derivative and was actually far interested in the present day story which doesn t get nearly as much page spaceThe Elizabethan narrative felt very unevenly paced with real characters introduced at which doesn t get nearly as much page spaceThe Elizabethan narrative felt very unevenly paced with real characters introduced at start and then ust disappearing and the plotline reduced to a standard female power struggle in the harem complete with poisonings stabbings and drown. Un segreto sepolto da uattrocento anniGli intrighi dell'harem del sultanoUna storia di passione e tradimentiOxford Biblioteca bodleiana Elizabeth Stavley non crede ai suoi occhi uando tra le pagine di un antico libro di astronomia scopre il frammento di una pergamena vecchia di uattrocento anni Ha il colore dell'ambra ed è fragile come una foglia d'autunno Racconta una storia proibita Una storia rimasta nascosta per secoli che conduce nei uartieri segreti di IstanbulCostantinopoli 1599 Inglesi francesi e veneziani competono tra loro per rafforzare le relazioni diplomatiche e commerciali con il nuovo sultano dell'impero ottomano Paul

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The Aviary GateDescriptionsThere are two time frames used in the novel the current day story of historical researcher Elizabeth Staveley is used as a tool to provide the background to the interesting historical section Elizabeth finds a fragment of a manuscript suggesting that Celia an English girl may have been ship wrecked by pirates at the end of the sixteenth century and subseuently sold into the harem of Sultan Mehmet III of Constantinople now Istanbul The novel follows a few months in Celia s life in 1599 Having been bought by the Sultan s favourite concubine as a gift for her mother in law we follow Celia s rise within the harem and the intrigue and sceming that goes on within those wallsPaul Pindar is her fiance and assumes her drowned in the ship wreck until his cook John Carew chances to see her while visiting in the palace Both the historical and the modern time frames then follow these characters in a search for the outcome of this love match Did Paul manage to rescue Celia from the harem What were their ultimate fatesWhile parts of this novel were excellent such as the description of the gelding of a young boy so that he might become a much prized eunuch other parts were less well written The modern story in particular had a rather chick lit feel to itIn discussion our book group hilighted many incidences of dubious behaviour or inconsistencies and I have to admit that these criticisms were valid Some of these instances did detract from my reading but mostly my enjoyment of the novel allowed me to ignore them I did find the ending a bit weak thoughPaul Pindar and John Carew also feature in Hickman s latest novel The Pindar Diamond set in Venice and I look forward to reading this in the near future Mystery History and Love Story during the Ottoman EmpireHaunting refreshingly different the story begins when a small scrap of old manuscript dating to 1599 is accidentally discovered among the texts of Elizabeth s studies old manuscript dating to 1599 is accidentally discovered among the texts of Elizabeth s studies feels she must learn the fate of Celia the betrothed daughter of the ship s captain after his ship has floundered Celia has been captured brought to the Sultan s harem So begins our student s research delving i The Aviary Gate by Kate Hickman is a lush narrative that reaches back into the sultan s harem of Constantinople 1599 to relate a bittersweet story of loyalty love and loss Elizabeth is a modern day grad student at Oxford entangled with a rake and researching captivity narratives for a bid at an MPhil She stumbles upon some clues that suggest an Englishwo Katie Hickman s The Aviary Gate is a story within a story In present day Oxford Elizabeth Staveley a graduate student is looking through the Bodleian Library archives in search of material for her thesis on captivity narratives She finds a fragment of a manuscript which describes a shipwreck and the unfortunate aftermath when the ship is boarded by Turkish pirates The captain of the ship is murdered and several of the women are taken captive by the pirates among them the captain s daughter CeliaElizabeth immediately feels a connection with Celia and wants to
out of her Molto Perché dietro le porte e i cancelli invalicabili dell'harem si nascondono segreti e trame silenziose lotte di potere e rivalità capaci di uccidere Soprattutto ora che il capo degli eunuchi imperiali giace in fin di vita dopo aver mangiato un dolce portato in dono dagli inglesiUn romanzo straordinario scritto magistralmente Acclamato dalla critica e dal pubblico e in corso di pubblicazione in oltre venti paesi Il giardino delle favorite racconta una storia di passioni e segreti di antiche alleanze e intrighi sinistri di tradimenti e ossessioni facendoci penetrare nel mondo sconosciuto e proibito dell'harem del sultan. IngsI was a little disappointed until the ending where suddenly Hickman seemed to get her act together and the sudden ambiguities there raised the book If only the rest of it had been as subtle nuanced and haunting as thatSo overall this is well written but completely clich d escapism a perfect summer read but with hints that it could have been something far interesting Oh I couldn t give this book anything other than a 5 star rating it has everything I enjoy in a great read An historical romance I ve put the romance in inverted commas because it s not a typical romance with a HEA but rather a romance in the victorian sense of the word Beautifully writen it captured my imagination right from the start I love this time period 16th Century but not from an Elizabethan angle infact I find that period of English history uite boring no it s the Venetian and Ottoman settings I love I also love anything that includes Astronomy maths and mathematical instruments and this story is full of the stuff plus there s intrigue and mystery I also like stories which have an element of reincarnation or sixth sense So this was Ideal For Me The Avairy for me The Avairy is beautifully written set in the Topkapi Harem Constantinople and Modern day Oxford and Istantbul it s a lovely story that spans the centuries From the begining I got a real feel for the characters both in the past and the modern day setting The intrigue that takes place within the harem is well put together some readers may well solve the intrigue but that really isn t the point of the story it s not a murder mystery but rather an insight into the behaviours of the women within the harem and how despite the tranuility and the rules it s really every woman for herself by fair means or foul In the meantime outside the harem walls another story develops and we see both sides of the overall story The modern part of the story pulled me into the centuries past story even futher I found myself not only piecing the story of the past together but also linking the characters from the past with those of the present day I loved the description of Modern day Istanbul and how the author bought in historical settings to that modern world The author spent alot of time researching for her book and I appriciate all the details she included as they really drew me into both stories I ust love this book and I m really looking forward to reading the next instalment I heard about this novel about 3 years ago on Radio Four Neglecting to note down the title because I was driving I discovered it again by posting a uery on an historical fiction forum I m on Funnily enough I ended up reading it ust after I d read a similar tale of piracy and women carried off into captivity The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson Sadly this book wasn t in the same league as Johnson s novelThat s not to say that I didn t enjoy it because I *did Life in an Ottoman haremThis received uite mixed reviews on UK and I had reservations when I began reading *Life in an Ottoman haremThis received uite mixed reviews on UK and I had reservations when I began reading I was pleasantly surprised and found it a very enjoyable read with plenty of historical interest and atmospheric. Indar è un ricco mercante in missione per conto della Regina d'Inghilterra Ha il compito di portare al sultano un regalo uno splendido orologio musicale Ma mentre procedono i negoziati la sua attenzione viene attratta da una voce sempre più insistente Si dice che nell'harem ci sia una nuova schiava una donna dagli occhi azzurri e dalla pelle di luna Che sia Celia la sua promessa sposa che lui crede ormai morta da tempo E' possibile che non sia annegata ma che sia stata fatta prigioniera dai turchi Paul deve scoprire la verità deve incontrarla almeno una volta Ma penetrare nelle stanze proibite del palazzo reale è uasi impossibile ,