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The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer by [Turner, Lucille]
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"Very well researched and gripping...a far more ambitious novel than Gioconda, covering a vast sweep of time and place...a huge leap forward in scope and accomplishment. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and stayed up night after night to read it." MARY HOFFMAN, Author of the Stravaganza series and The Ravenmaster's Boy "This novel will draw you into a world of intrigue, and a story operating on many levels. ...You'll find yourself musing on seemingly insignificant individuals and their fates, and also on vast subjects such as whether differing religions can work together for a shared enlightenment, and on the role played by Dracula in shaping the world in the 15th century and the centuries to come. Dracula may be a figure often consigned to horror stories and melodrama; here by contrast, he is enigmatic and masterful, an historical figure effortlessly characterised by Turner even as she cloaks him in mystery. An 'eye-opener' book." SILVERLOCK BOOK REVIEWS "Brings to life the character of Vlad Dracula and gives historical context to the powerful Dracula myths." HISTORY IS NOW MAGAZINE "Historical fiction, but with an element of the supernatural running through it in the form of myth and legend." UNUSUAL HISTORICALS

About the Author

LUCILLE TURNER’s first book, Gioconda, was published by Granta Books in 2011. A novel about the life of Leonardo da Vinci, it went on to win the Hislibris prize for historical fiction and was translated into several languages. She has a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and has worked as a translator, a journalist, a teacher and a book reviewer. She lives between Bournemouth and Nice and blogs about historical fiction at www.lucilleturner.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3038 KB
  • Print Length: 487 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1527202062
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hengist Press (19 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LW0QZ1T
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #522,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From its opening in the cold heartlands of Wallachia, this book plunges the reader into a world of danger and conflict. As the story shifts to the heat of the Ottoman palace, it grows, full of insights into the separate worlds of men and women, hostages and guards, slaves and princes. There, power plays unfold with dire personal and political consequences; and when these plots are set loose, they race across the land from Constantinople to Belgrade. All throughout the multi-faceted narrative, the author never lets up the pervasive mood of mysterious menace.

This novel weaves history, myths and religious beliefs into a tantalising web. Events and people get twisted around, until what seems impossible becomes inevitable, and even the ultimate victory is shown to amount to nothing. Densely researched, The sultan, The Vampyr and the Soothsayer, rewarsd the reader with a complex tale, set at the tipping point between East and West, light and dark, life and death.
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Having read and loved Gioconda, Turner's previous book I'm delighted to say that this latest creation has, once again, transported me through time and history in the most enjoyable way. Beautifully written and totally gripping from the beginning to the end. A privilege to read. I will most definitely be looking forward to Miss Turner's next creation.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2017
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This book was a pleasant surprise, the title gives a suggestion of the supernatural with the inclusion of the Vampyr, and the book all the while hints at it, but only in so far as what was perceived to be supernatural in the 1400’s, that’s the beauty of this book. The author takes you on a journey back to the Balkans of 1442, to a time of huge change and turmoil, clashing empires and religions, the end of the old Roman world and the rise of the Ottoman. Lucille Turner covers brilliantly the variances between the court of Vlad Dracul’s father and the court of Sultan Murad giving all the main players a very human face, a persona molded by circumstance and situation as much as personality. She weaves in the political players from all sides of Christianity, the orthodox and the Holy Roman empire, the old pagan Wallachian’s and the many variances between.

Can Dracul and others save the history that lies within Constantinople before its inevitable fall to the Ottomans? Lucille Turners portrayal of Vlad’s time in Murads court goes a long way to show his later personality and enmity with Mehmed II. The book as a whole brings to life a highly evocative view of the turning point of the world and the clashing empires.

Well worth reading.

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This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
' a fascinating read. The prose flows beautifully throughout, and in particular in the chapters featuring the ailing sultan, Murad. These are the chapters in which Ms Turner’s obvious skills in descriptive writing shine through, leaving me with images of shaded courtyards and shuttered walls, of women flitting by in veils while the sultan reclines on his divan and tries to ignore the problems caused by his son and heir. '
Helen Hollick
founder #DDRevs
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