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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael David Lukas Narrator: Mozhan Marnò Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780062027375
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Set in the heart of the exotic Ottoman Empire during the first years of its chaotic decline, Michael David Lukas’ elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting debut novel follows a gifted young girl who dares to charm a sultan—and change the course of history, for the empire and the world. An enthralling literary adventure, perfect for readers entranced by the mixture of historical fiction and magical realism in Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red, or Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Lukas’ evocative tale of prophesy, intrigue, and courage unfolds with the subtlety of a Turkish mosaic and the powerful majesty of an epic for the ages.  
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lukas…brings a raconteur’s sense of storytelling, a traveler’s eye for color and a scholar’s sense of history to his first novel…Lukas has given us a Turkish delight.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A gem of a first novel…an appealing blend of magical and historical realism…This is a polished literary work that will appeal to a wide readership.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “The exotic sights and sounds of nineteenth-century Turkey spring vividly to life in Lukas’ promising debut.”


  • “A magical debut.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “Michael David Lukas charms in his debut.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Beautifully conveys the flavor of Turkish culture.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the March 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodee | 5/17/2011

    " The plot had so much potential and fell flat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/7/2011

    " A beautifully written book and an engaging tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 5/3/2011

    " The quality of the prose was very high, much higher than the quality of the storytelling. I will definitely pick up the next book by Michael David Lukas, but I don't know that I would necessarily recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/23/2011

    " This book is beautifully written by so disappointing because it didn't resolve, it felt as if the book is only half a book. I wanted to much more. But this is one talented writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/22/2011

    " Started out not too badly, then around halfway through the story stalled, and I began to care less and less about the characters, and the story continued to flounder...eventually I gave myself permission to go read something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlyn | 4/21/2011

    " I loved this book. It was magically written, like stepping into another world. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/16/2011

    " I really liked to book. It caught my interest quick and held it. I was a little disappointed in the ending. I knew what the author meant, but I wanted more. I think if he would have left the epilogue out he could have done a second book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie57 | 4/15/2011

    " I'm not sure what I expected from this book. I enjoyed it. The main characters were good and the premise while magical was carried along with a reasonable level of reality thrown in. Basically a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 4/10/2011

    " Interesting story and a fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/9/2011

    " Good book. The ending was a little disappointing. Developed characters well. "

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About the Author
Author Michael David Lukas

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright scholar in Turkey, a late-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a Rotary scholar in Tunisia. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, and his writing has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and the Georgia Review. He lives in Oakland, less than a mile from where he was born. When he isn’t writing, he teaches creative writing to third- and fourth-graders. He is also the author of The Oracle of Stamboul: A Novel.

About the Narrator

Mozhan Marnò is an Iranian American film and television actress, most notably appearing in Charlie Wilson’s War and Bones. Her audiobook narrations have won her four AudioFile Earphones Awards.