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Rebecca Hazell
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7 April 2014
Solomon's Bride is the dramatic sequel to The Grip of God. Sofia, the heroine, a former princess from Kievan Rus' was enslaved by a Mongol nobleman and then taken as a concubine by the leader of the Mongol invasions, Batu Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan. Now, having fled the Mongols with a price on her head, Sofia escapes into Persia and what she believes will be safety, only to fall into the clutches of the Assassins, who seek to disrupt the Mongol empire. In a world at war, both outer and inner, the second phase of her adventures unfolds. Can she ever find safe haven, much less the lost love and family that was almost destroyed by the Mongols?

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475289227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475289220
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Rebecca Hazell is a an award winning artist, author and educator. She has written, illustrated and published four non-fiction children's books, created best selling educational filmstrips and educational craft kits for children, and even designed award winning needlepoint canvases and custom wedding gowns! She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honours BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history. Rebecca lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1988 she and her family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2006 she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island. They live near their two adult children in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. Her epic historical trilogy, The Tiger and the Dove, is a story that haunted her for 40 years until she gave up, did the extensive background research, and wrote it. The Grip of God is the first novel, with Solomon's Bride close to release and Consolamentum ready at the gate behind it. To contact Rebecca please email: info(at)rebeccahazell.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Vivid Work of Historical Fiction 9 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Rebecca Hazel has created a vivid work of historical fiction with Solomon’s Bride. This book is the second in the series (the first being The Grip of God). The story follows Sofia, a young slavic princess, as she makes her way to freedom from Mongol captivity (the first book) to what she hopes will be safety in Persia. The world is harsh and often oppressive and Hazel brings this world to life painting a visual picture with her words. I felt myself in the midst of this world, and I felt my own hopes rise and fall each time Sofia found momentary reprieve only to have her seeming security snatched from her yet again. The characters are also strongly written. I came to know these people which only heightened the impact of the tragedy they faced. Sofia’s would be protectors face brutal ends and the love that could provide comfort is denied her by the necessities of duty and obedience.

Though I have a fairly good grasp of the current state of the middle east, I was not familiar with this stage of its history. It is an era fraught with conflict and brutality, not only among rival religious groups but between the factions within those groups as well. Viewing this world through the lens of the modern western world of my own experience is often both jarring and disturbing.

This novel will appeal to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. You will come away with a deeper understanding of an era of great conflict. It certainly puts the seeming troubles of the modern world in perspective. But, be warned, this is a treacherous journey. You must harden your heart if you are to sojourn with Sofia. This is not a novel for those seeking a light read or a happy ending (at least not for Sofia, though perhaps she may find this in the next book!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOLOMON'S BRIDE. 13 Jun 2014
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Continuing the story of the now fifteen year old Sofia and her companion-come- servant Anna (13) as begun in The Grip Of God, part one in the The Tiger And The Dove series. As some of you know just as I don't necessarily have to read a series from the beginning or indeed in order of publication I recommend that in order to get the best out of this series you do just that.

Every bit as impressive as its predecessor. I'm once again struck by a use of language that is both poetic and yet powerful enough that the reader feels themselves transported to another time and place.

It really was a joy to follow Sofia's journey, to see both her character and her relationships develop, to see how she coped with swapping one form of captivity for what was essentially another.

Another exceptionally engaging novel as educational (the insight into Islamic practises and festivals etc I thought exceptional) as it is entertaining. I long to read Consolamentum, the last book in the trilogy (available at a later date), in order to see if Sofia gets the happy ever after worthy of every princess.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Disclaimer: Read and reviewed as part of a Book Tour on behalf of the author I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophia's Story continues 28 May 2014
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The second novel in Rebecca Hazell's trilogy The Tiger and the Dove, set in the thirteenth century, fulfils its promise of great characterisation and a wonderful historical adventure. Helped by Arab merchant trader, Selim, Sophia has escaped her Mongol captors along with her handmaiden Anna. This time there is a third important female character, Maryam, significant too symbolically since she is a Jewess living in a Muslim world. All three women are beautifully developed rounded characters with their own narratives.

The story opens evocatively with the words 'One morning I woke to the muezzin's call and began to steel myself for another long day of questioning.' Instantly the reader is drawn to the excitement of a distant world and an exciting journey. Initially Sophia educates us about this world enclosed within an Iranian palace. We learn that there are internal conflicts within the Islamic world. Sophia introduces the reader to the world of women within the harem and to a society of educators who exist within this society. As before she is a steely character determined to learn and to cherish her independence in a patriarchal world. Her ultimate goal to reach Constantinople is threatened by many thrilling advances and delays.

She has to escape the beautiful palace if she is to accomplish her goal to find her Rus uncle. All the time she is regarded as an infidel even when she is offered kindness. She is challenged over and over and meets these challenges with integrity and intelligence. The novel is fat with page turning events and a beautiful, yet very sad, yet realistic love story. Sophia's physical journey becomes her emotional story. Yet love is not without its dangers, obstacles and delays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning journey continues 22 May 2014
By Vywack
Format:Kindle Edition
This stunning series continues east to Iran and then back again West towards Turkey. Rebecca's English is mesmerizing and you feel as though you are right there with Princess Sofia. You get to learn a lot about how people in those lands lived in times gone by.

Her journey in more ways than one is like a candle in the wind, just when you think she's finished some miracle takes place and gives her renewed hope and vigour. You can sense her frustration and helplessness and loneliness.

She falls in love but fate has other plans for her. Her lover is as mysterious as the wind and several questions remain unanswered. She loves him passionately but he seems to have a murky past. More information might be forthcoming in the last book of the series.

It's an amazing book and I highly recommend it to one and all. You'll be a lot wiser once you finish reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Historical Novel 11 Oct 2014
By Believer - Published on Amazon.com
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"Solmon's Bride "the second book in "The Tiger and the Dove" series is a captivating historical novel and begins after Sofia Volodymyrovna escapes the clutches of Batu Khan and his Mongol warriors and flees to Persia. But in a harsh, repressive world where women are restricted by Islamic laws and customs Sophia finds herself confined again, unable to continue her journey to Constantinople and subject to fanatics who want to upset Mongol power.

Making the best of a bad situation when she finally breaks free to continue her journey Sofia's injured after her caravan's attacked by bandits. When she's rescued by a handsome knight who hides a devastating secret Sofia never expects to become entangled in a romance that leaves her heart and reputation shattered. This is a story of a woman caught up in turbulent historical events , in a period when women are repressed and condemned for any independent thought or endeavour.

The plot is well-written and filled with detailed imagery that for non-historical buffs might seem tedious at times but which gives a striking look at the impact of the Mongol invasion and religion on society in the Middle East. With skilful dexterity Rebecca Hazell paints a stark picture of Persia during the Mongol occupation as well as the in-fighting between Muslim factions that's brutal, oppressive and violent. In a land of ancient emperors like Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes Mongol barbarism and greed has spawned bribery, rape, looting, killing, and a hatred that extends to landowners who are willing collaborators.

With emotional intensity the author illustrates the impact of religion on all the people during the period from Anna's Christian belief and her rejection of Maryam for Jewish roots that are believed to have resulted in the death of Christ, to the pressure placed on Sofia in Selim's household to accept "The One True Faith" and the gossip mongering that forces her to adopt Catholicism. It is very unsettling when Maryam who escapes the Mahdi's tyranny has to live in a Halib where "men spit on her people in the streets, pull the rabbi's beards and threaten the women". Sofia's stay in Selim al-Din's household gives an intimate look at the Islamic customs, festivals and laws that define men and women in this culture. In a male-dominated world a woman wearing boys clothes as Sofia and Anna do to escape Mongol detection is considered heresy while they also have to marry Selim to be able to interact with his sons on the trip to Alamut.

In a story the deals with the harshness of life, deception, lies, secrets and betrayal, the romance between Anna and Adar al-Mas'ūdi a Saracen hakim and skilled surgeon as well as between Sofia and Sir Joscelin Braissac are refreshing interludes in the mounting tension and suspense of the story although one has tragic repercussions. Even the ending that seems to warn the reader that life for Sofia is about to become harder and that her happiness might be fleeting begs for the next epic installment in her life.

The characters like the plot are well-developed and mesmerizing with all their faults and strengths. Sofia Volodymyrovna, once a conceited princess in Rus 'is highly intelligent, confident, observant and proud. Haunted by nightmares as a slave her yearning for independence makes her defiant, although she is quickly learning patience. Her servant Anna, a young girl of thirteen when the second book begins is trusting, often gloomy and even judgemental. Her Christian faith is transitory when she easily converts to Islam to the delight of her intended husband Adar al-Mas'ūdi. Selim al- Din the wealthy friend who helps Sofia and Anna is a loving family man who's hospitable, kind but wily putting duty to the Mahdi ahead of his responsibility. All these personalities and many more add to the tension, drama and power of this riveting story.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Solmon's Bride " so rich in love, friendship and possibilities in Sofia's life. I intend to read the final book in "The Tiger and The Dove series" hoping that she finally discovers the independence, purpose and happiness she's been seeking.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Vivid Work of Historical Fiction 9 July 2014
By C.C. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Rebecca Hazel has created a vivid work of historical fiction with Solomon’s Bride. This book is the second in the series (the first being The Grip of God). The story follows Sofia, a young slavic princess, as she makes her way to freedom from Mongol captivity (the first book) to what she hopes will be safety in Persia. The world is harsh and often oppressive and Hazel brings this world to life painting a visual picture with her words. I felt myself in the midst of this world, and I felt my own hopes rise and fall each time Sofia found momentary reprieve only to have her seeming security snatched from her yet again. The characters are also strongly written. I came to know these people which only heightened the impact of the tragedy they faced. Sofia’s would be protectors face brutal ends and the love that could provide comfort is denied her by the necessities of duty and obedience.

Though I have a fairly good grasp of the current state of the middle east, I was not familiar with this stage of its history. It is an era fraught with conflict and brutality, not only among rival religious groups but between the factions within those groups as well. Viewing this world through the lens of the modern western world of my own experience is often both jarring and disturbing.

This novel will appeal to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. You will come away with a deeper understanding of an era of great conflict. It certainly puts the seeming troubles of the modern world in perspective. But, be warned, this is a treacherous journey. You must harden your heart if you are to sojourn with Sofia. This is not a novel for those seeking a light read or a happy ending (at least not for Sofia, though perhaps she may find this in the next book!).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This two books, The Grip of God and Solomo's Bride, has been a very educative reading for me...I love the two book.. 2 July 2014
By Princess Eboli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In My Own Words – Solomon’s Bride

In this second part of Sofia’s story, she was little lucky, she had the opportunity to scape with the help of Salim-al-Din and she was on her way to liberty that is what she think, but what Sofia did not know, is that Salim belong to a sect name the Assassins and it was not going to be easy for Sofia to get to her family in Constantinople. This sect wants to get rid of all the Mongols. Sofia now was a fugitive and the Mongols put a prize for Sofia. Salim take Sofia to his house in Iran, it was a beautiful house, and Sofia was treated very well, she get to know Salim’s wife, Salim’s son’s and daughter’s and daughter in law and Salim’s grandkids. She was a guest in Salim house, so when Sofia had the opportunity to talk to Salim, he told Sofia that she has to stay in his house for a while, and that he has to be gone for a while, because in order to take Sofia to her country, he first has to take her to his Master. So Sofia do not have any choice only to obey. Salim was absent almost 6 month and when he get back, again he has to go and this time was a longer time, and Sofia was getting really desperate because she continue being a prisoner, after a year Salim return and he told Sofia to get ready because he was going to take her to Constantinople, but first they has to stop in his master house, because his master wants to meet Sofia.

So Sofia and her servant Ana get ready and they left, they say good-Bye to all Salim’s family and she never went back to their house again. After a few days they get to The Eagle Nest, this castle where Salim’s master live was in the top of this mountain call Alamut. When they get to the top of the mountain the servants received them, they assign a rooms to Sofia and her friend Ana, after a lot of protocol Sofia was in front of the master, he make her some questions, about the Mongols, what this master wants was, information about the Mongols, like how they live, where they camp, what are their plans for war. In order to learn all about the Mongols, Sofia has to stay in that castle with him and his principality’s , in other word, Sofia was again a prisoner.

Sofia stay in that castle for 2 years and when she had the opportunity to scape, was with Salim’s son, he went to the castle and help Sofia to scape.

But you have to read this book in order to know what happen to Sofia all the year that she spend in Salim’s house and what happens to her in the Alamut castle.

So Sofia scape again and she was so happy because this time she was going to Constantinople to her family. In the way to Constantinople, Sofia retinue caravan were attack by a bedouins a nomadic tribe, they kill everyone except Sofia and her servant or friend, Sofia love this girl like she was her daughter.

So I invite you to find out what happen to Sofia and her servant Anna after the attack, who safe Sofia, and if Sofia find love in her life, because when Sofia start her journey she was 12 years old and now Sofia is sixteen. Where Sofia is going now.

I want to say that this has been a super reading for me, with this book I have learn more about Russia and the Mongols on the 13th century, I have study about Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, I have read some of the history of Russia but not in the 13 century and this was for me a great learning… every day I learn something new…

BRAVO!!!!! for Rebecca Hazell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sequel! 12 Jun 2014
By Lauralee Jacks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a sequel to The Grip of God. Sofia manages to escape from the Mongol war camp. She flees to Iran. She thinks that is safe, but instead she becomes a prisoner again. Sofia must undergo many more trials and suffering. Yet she learns the Muslims customs and beliefs. Sophia also plans to escape, but it may be her death.

I felt sadness for Sofia. Sofia already had a tough time in the Mongol camp, and now she is a prisoner to the Grand Master himself in Iran. Sofia felt hopelessness, and it is clear that she is a survivor. She is a different person than she was in The Grip of God. She is strong and assertive. She is still determined, and still finds hope. I found myself rooting for Sophia. Sophia also has found love with a knight. Could this knight be the love that Sofia has always dreamed of?

To be honest, I liked this book better than The Grip of God. It is not as graphic as the first book. I liked how the Middle Eastern world and the European world clashed and met through the Crusades. We even get to meet famous historical figures, in particular the French royalty. We even get to learn about both the Islamic and Jewish religions. Sofia finds the two religions in common because they are much like her own. She is able to understand them. In this book there are three religions that are discussed in detail: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish and they all have their common roots.

Overall, this novel is about tragedy, love, loss, survival, friendship, and hope. Because this book is a sequel to The Grip of God, the beginning is not as slow moving, and takes you immediately into the plot. It is action moving, and we get to learn more about different cultures and customs than the first book. This book is a worthy sequel. I am eagerly anticipating Consolamentum to find out what happens to Sofia and where her journey is next. Hopefully, in the next book, Sofia just may find her happy ending. I recommend this book to all those who are interested in the Crusades, and historical fiction. Most importantly, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the world of the 13th century, for the author does a great deal in bringing that world into life. This book is an adventure and a survival story. This book features a strong woman who is on a quest to find happiness in a cruel world.
(Note: This book was given to me as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be swept away to 13th Century Iran: Superbly researched and a Story Will Sweep You Away 10 Jun 2014
By Erin Al-Mehairi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Solomon's Bride, by Rebecca Hazell, is the continuing story of Princess Sofia, a young Rus girl we meet first in The Grip of God. It is a series of books, called The Tiger and the Dove, and it is best read from the start to fully understand Sofia's life progression and why she is where she is at the beginning of Solomon's Bride. You can read my review of The Grip of God HERE and an interview I had with Rebecca HERE.

Sofia, escaping the Mongols to Persia in the 13th Century, finds she is in a land that is also being destroyed by the Mongols. Kept inside an Iranian palace, our story turns toward the culture and life in Iran during this time period as we discover it visually through Sofia's eyes. Rebecca's writing is gorgeous and authentic, visual and engaging, so that as a reader I feel drawn into the story as if I were truly there as well.

She brings to light the Islamic faith and creates an understanding of it, as Sofia and her servant, Anna, are Christian, they both ask questions about what they are seeing around them. I was pleased that Rebecca wrote such understanding and insight of the faith into her novel. I am not Muslim, but I am very familiar with the religion and as an encourager of all faiths coming together in harmony and peace, I was very pleased with Rebecca's writing. I also enjoyed reading about the history of Iran, and the Arabic world, as much of the same battle is still happening stemming from the eternal battle between the Sunni and Shi'a factions of Islam.

There is such a wealth of well-researched historical fact in this novel from an ancient area that many don't write about yet. It was refreshing to read of this intense history with Sofia as the narrator, creating romance, strife, suspense, and action. Sofia, first innocent and shy, has gone through such a journey in a few of her teenage years that she now has a strong voice, independent nature, and the spirit of a fighter. She must do so not only to stay alive, but to remain true to herself and her people. She keeps hope that she'll one day be joined again to her Rus family. Her goal is never forgotten, no matter what she endures.

I can't help but cheer on Sofia in her journey. She has passion, virtue, and respect for herself as a woman, as well as for other women. As a reader, I feel happy for her strong moments of assertion, sad for her times of despair, and alarmed for her during times of fear or altercations. Though this novel had less intense times of gore, there were still a few heightened times that Sofia had to go through and she becomes quite a fighter for herself and those she values.

As her journey leads her to meet Sir Joscelin, a love story ensues between them, and also by the last section of the book her main goal begins to be realized and we think there might be closure. But there is always something in the way of her complete happiness and it just tears out my heart for her. Life doesn't seem to go exactly how she wishes it to, but she is always in the right place to bring understanding to people of various religions and cultures. I really like that about Sofia, she is so non-judgmental and accepting of others, as well as their beliefs and opinions, yet men never understand her completely, various cultures don't understand her independence, until her true love, which she is denied.

Ah, the ending! Of course! It leaves us unable to wait very patiently for the third book! Through all of Sofia's treks across miles of various lands and cultures, I am a reader who is ready to continue the journey with her. I highly recommend this series if you love medieval history of the Far East and Asia, and even European areas, or enjoy reading about ancient cultures and religions. Solomon's Bride was even more well-written than Rebecca's first book, stringently researched, artistically detailed, heartfelt, and exciting.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
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