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Adena

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  • Equal of the Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Iran in 1576 is a place of peace, wealth, and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah's daughter and closest adviser, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess's maneuvers to instill order after her father's sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her trusted servant, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry....

    Maureen McDaniel says: "Loving it!"
    "You will enjoy this"
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    Story

    The truths in the political world of the Shah's palace are exposed by the main character of the book, a eunuch and servant to the Shah's favorite daughter and most-trusted advisor, Princess Pari. His power and rank in the court change with the political power structures within the palace. As their influence outside the harem ebbs and flows the true strength of the relationship between Princess Pari and her eunuch is revealed.

    This is similar to the author's other book, The Blood of Flowers, in that it is so richly detailed that the picture forms in your mind's eye so clearly and you have no doubt as to what the characters look like, what they are wearing, what they are smelling, and what they are seeing. This book exposes the dangers behind a weak throne, the struggles of women, and the sacrifices one must take to find out the truth. I loved how much poetry was celebrated and arts in all forms such as writing, calligraphy, fabrics, architecture and so on.

    The narrator does a good job in telling of the story though some of his female voices sound well awkward but only characters that aren't heard much.

    I recommend this book to people who love a good story where they can learn something of the world and really get behind the characters lives' and root for their success in life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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