Last year, I reviewed Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani as part of a book tour, and found it very entertaining. I enjoy historical fiction, and it gave me a chance to explore a time and setting I knew very little about. Now, with the paperback release, I am offering two copies for readers who would like to plunge into a world of passion and deceit like no other. Read my review HERE.
Now in Paperback
Equal of the Sun
by Anita Amirrezvani
“Equal of the Sun is a page turner, with plenty of gripping moments. Here’s hoping Amirrezvani will write many more tales illuminating the incredible history of the Iranians.” —The Washington Post
“A fine political novel, full of rich detail and intrigue,…a thought-provoking study of the intersection between gender and power.”
—Historical Novel Society
“An ambitious, well-crafted historical tale set in her native Iran, featuring a memorable heroine. This time, the setting is the intrigue-filled 16th century Persian court (picture the Tudor court, times 10). . . . Fans of smart historical fiction should be on the lookout for this one.” —BookPage
“A vibrant portrait of a country in the throes of change, with an extraordinary woman at its center.” —San Jose Mercury News
Last summer, Anita Amirrezvani’s stunning second novel, EQUAL OF THE SUN was published to passionate reviews, making good on the promise of her best-selling debut THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS. Scribner is now pleased to publish this “gripping” and “expertly woven” novel, inspired by a true story, in paperback on March 19th.
Iran, 1576. The shah has just died under mysterious circumstances, and so suddenly that there is no apparent heir. His daughter Pari, a powerful princess with great influence at the court, takes charge temporarily while her exiled brother journeys back to the capital to assume the throne. With the help of her most trusted servant, eunuch (and narrator) Javaher, she is able to maintain the peace and prepare the royal subjects for the new shah, long-exiled but deeply loved by Pari.
When the new shah arrives, however, it becomes clear that he is not the generous and ebullient brother who was banished many years ago—and before long Pari falls into disfavor, and when the new shah begins executing perceived enemies, danger. Together with Javaher, Pari must navigate the increasingly complex politics of the court and the men who rule it. Equal of the Sun is a delicious story of royal intrigue: intricate power struggles, epic battles of heart and mind, and of course the passionate love affairs that seem to bloom only inside palace walls. Amirrezvani is a master storyteller, and her characters and plot twists in Equal of the Sun will no doubt bring to mind an addictive, steamy cable miniseries.
The publisher has kindly offered to give a copy of Equal of the Sun to two lucky readers!
1. Comment below with you thoughts on anything about this post, what interests you about the book, or how your day is going. Just be sure leave your e-mail in the comment.
2. Ends 3/25/2013 at midnight
3. Must be at least 17 years old and live in the US.
4. Winner will be contacted by e-mail and given 48 hours to respond.