By Anita Amirrezvani
Mythical women—from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots—changed the process background within the royal courts of sixteenth-century England. they're celebrated in background books and novels, yet few humans recognize of the strong girls within the Muslim global, who shaped alliances, served as key advisers to rulers, lobbied for strength on behalf in their sons, and governed of their personal correct. In equivalent of the solar, Anita Amirrezvani’s gorgeously crafted story of energy, loyalty, and love within the royal court docket of Iran, she brings one such girl to lifestyles, Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi.
Iran in 1576 is a spot of wealth and incredible good looks. but if the Shah dies with no need named an inheritor, the court docket is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protégé, understands extra in regards to the internal workings of the nation than virtually somebody, however the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s surprising dying incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch capable of navigate the harem in addition to the area past the palace partitions, are in ownership of a big tapestry of secrets and techniques and data that unearths an influence fight of epic proportions.
Based loosely at the lifetime of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, equivalent of the sunlight is a riveting tale of political intrigue and a relocating portrait of the not going bond among a princess and a eunuch. Anita Amirrezvani is a grasp storyteller, and in her lustrous prose this wealthy and labyrinthine global involves brilliant existence with a beautiful solid of characters, passionate and courageous women and men who defy or include their future in a Machiavellian video game performed by way of those that lust for strength and may do something to realize it.
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