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  1. Rachel Rachel says:

    What we have here is failure to tell Professor White the truth about her book Some editor should have taken her aside and said Look you can have have tons of characters and give them all confusing to remember names you can switch between the past and the present you can tell your story in non linear fashion you can switch between using the past tense and the present tense you can switch up the voice of the narrator between several people or you can always keep us guessing as to who is actually speaking but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT DO ALL OF THEM AT ONCE IN THE SAME SHORT BOOKWhat we also have here is failure to communicate Because as much as I wanted to like this book and as much as I think Professor White has a real gift for description the book is WAY too confusing A too complicated style can really make a mystery bomb After all no one is reading Agatha Christie because of her uniue way of creating page long run on sentences That's why we read Agatha Christie for fun when we are supposed to be writing essays about the innovative literary stylings of William Faulkner We want to find out whodunit goddamnit And the format of The Sultan's Seal creates such chaos that the mystery loses steam while you're trying to figure out what the hell the author is talking about And the story moves along at a tragically lethargic speed I mean Great Scott THERE'S BEEN A MURDER There should be some urgency to this story Instead it feels like the characters are drifting slowly along Also although the main characters are likable enough they seem way too dumb to be crime solving gumshoes Usually it's the criminal mastermind that accidently blurts out how he did it and we can all laugh about how stupid HE is rather than the other way around Sigh Sybil is in particular especially moronic at times and it's super annoying Alsoand this is just one person's opinionthe resolution of the mystery sucks And that really IS criminal

  2. Trish Trish says:

    Interesting read She's a local author for me Boston University professor of anthropology Enough sex of all kinds in therereminded me of the kind of thing that thrilled me as a young maiden just glimpsing the possibilities I do like her central character a Turkish magistrate of strong character I imagine swarthy skin and white flowing robesand perhaps a blood red fezthis is a murder mystery after all The female character of Turkish descent is also interesting and is the one getting all the sex amazingly but not so much the pudgy British woman who giggles inappropriately and blithely prattles on about murder clues to ones who have to then try to silence her permanently The thread was nearly lost about halfway through but the author pulls it off in the end Would like to have a look at the new one the author has out now she could definitely have made a series with that swarthy magistrate I really liked him

  3. Bill Bill says:

    I found some of the story arcs in this book confusing at times as I wasn't sure if we were in the present in the past But I still enjoyed the story very much I liked the era the story was told in the late 1800's in Ottoman Turkey the characters especially Kamil Pasha who is called upon to solve the murder of an English woman and Sybil the English ambassador's daughter who helps Kamil with his investigation I also liked the potential relationship the physical tension that seemed to be developing between the two There is so much going on the intricacies of the Ottoman culture the Young Turks trying to instil a European style parliament and the mystery itself and its possible tie in with a previous murder Very enjoyable first book by Jenny White I'll be looking for the other books in the series

  4. Jayne Catherine pinkett Jayne Catherine pinkett says:

    A historical fiction set in Turkey during the Ottoman Empire An inticing mystery that keeps you interested to the very end

  5. katayoun Masoodi katayoun Masoodi says:

    loved the tone and the feel of the story and the plot was interesting though at times it was a bit maybe soap opera ish

  6. Sabina Sabina says:

    For the first 34s of the book this was an elegant mystery rich in cultural and historical detail At the end however the author chose to pile on the action and everything seemed to be happening at once not always in a coherent fashion If it wasn't for that I would have liked to rate this book higher Jenny White has written numerous non fiction works on Turkish politics and society so I expected a lot of cultural and historical detail and I certainly wasn't disappointed on that score I did enjoy the description of the customs and s of 19th century Turkey the characters were interesting and believable with the main character Kalim Pasha cutting a particularily dashing figure The book is told from 3 different perspectives which worked extremely well for me I was disappointed to find that there was no glossary which would have been helpful given the amount of Turkish words used although of course one could guess most of them I'll be reading the next book in the series

  7. Amy Amy says:

    An ok murder mystery set in 19th century Turkey The author's use of present tense writing and jumping between characters while you try to figure out who is doing the talking now is a little disconcerting The ending seemed a little chopped off and didn't uite mesh everything together the way I would have liked

  8. Roshni Roshni says:

    Set in pre WW1 Istanbul Stanboul a magistrate has to navigate the political unrest in the power struggle between the religious and secular government as well as autocratic and democratic systems To solve a murder he has to wade through murky waters of the intrigues in the royal harem the delicacy reuired with a foreigner's death and the Muslim Jew relations The author jumps back and forth between multiple perspectives and the past and present to bring us this excellent Iain Pears recommended book that expertly weaves a tale in the midst of the complicated socio political religious situation in the Ottoman Empire

  9. Laura Laura says:

    Murder is always about property thinks Kamil not passion in the way poets define it Passion about something or someone simply means demanding ownership or at least control Parents want to own their children husbands their wives employers their apprentices supplicants their God The most passionate of all destroy what they own thereby making it forever theirs Much of the world from politics to commerce is driven by fear of losing control over people land things Fear that fate is stronger than will Jenny White has drawn us into the lush romantic and mysterious land of the Ottoman Empire in the year 1886 Europe is showing a definite interest in their political climate but Sultans still ruledespite a strong young opposition dedicated to creating a democratic parliament In the midst of the political tension the body of a young English governess to the Sultan's harem is found washed up on shorenaked and very much dead Enter Kamil Pasha magistrate for Istanbul's lower court He is called on to solve this mystery in a timely manner thereby avoiding a political debacle He's aided in his investigations by a surgeon Michael as well as Sybil the daughter of the British Ambassador It uickly becomes apparent that there is to this death than what at first meets the eye Kamil also wonders if this murder is connected to the unnatural death of another British governess 8 years prior The magistrate at the time of that murder never solved the case and was subseuently encouraged to resign Kamil wonders whether this was due to his failure to solve the mystery or perhaps he was too clever and uncovered links to the Sultan himself Bottom line White is clearly skilled at writing prose This book came as a welcome relief after my previous Fluff novel Unfortunately she is not uite as skilled at dialogue I agree with other readers that the dialogue feels clunkier due to her decision to write in the present tense This is tough to master Another detractor is White's decision to weave in letters from Sybil to her sister as well as chapters with yet a 3rd point of view Not only did she add a 3rd narratorthat story line happens at an entirely different time period than the main story line Stephen White tried something similar in The Siege It was confusing there and it's confusing here Finally the ending was not satisfyingalthough this is the first book in a trilogy and was not intended to stand alone Despite the points against her White masterfully created the setting and taught me much about a time and place as well as many new words That at least earns her 3 stars Given a rating of good Definitely worth a library check out Here are a few other uotes to show off White's skill at proseSybil's vivid account of her grandmother's house has pulled him into a conspiracy of memories from which he doesn't have the will or the desire to disentangle himselfKamil has known both kinds of men and the immovable anchors of faith that give them the illusion of a steady harbor They do not understand that they are still at sea and that the danger has not passed Faith is an anchor in a bottomless seaOriental inscrutability It's what has kept us independent for so long No one understands what we're saying so they can't conuer us

  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I read this for my Global Whodunits book group at Primary Source This one immerses the reader into the dangerous final days of the Ottoman Empire 1880's in Istanbul This was a period of great court intrigue and multi ethnic unrest as the ideas and ideals of European nationalism swept into the empire Kamil Pasha is the detective called upon to investigate the murder of an Englishwoman and he uickly links this to an earlier similar unsolved case The case gains intrigue and a sense of danger when Kamil discovers that both women wore a pendant created by a court jeweler who ends up mysteriously dead too with a tugha the Sultan's seal and Chinese calligraphy of an obscure ing poem Kamil has to balance his investigation so as not to offend either the British diplomats who are assisting him or the nervous Ottoman officials While the story and mystery were captivating as was the feel of the city and all its settings I found this book to be a bit confusing Parts were written in present tense which I found uite off putting as a reader and there was one narrative voice that I still cannot place I guess I will have to ask Jenny White when she meets with the group in December

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The Sultan's Seal ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ The Sultan's Seal Author Jenny White – A stunningly lyrical debut novel about faith and desire set within a gripping tale of murder in nineteenth century IstanbulRich in sensuous detail this first novel brilliantly captures the political a A stunningly lyrical debut novel about faith and desire set within a gripping tale of murder in nineteenth century IstanbulRich in sensuous detail this first novel brilliantly captures the political and The Sultan's ePUB ↠ social upheavals of the waning Ottoman Empire The naked body of a young Englishwoman washes up in Istanbul wearing a pendant inscribed with the seal of the deposed sultan The death resembles the murder by strangulation of another English governess a crime that was never solved Kamil Pasha a magistrate in the new secular courts sets out to find the killer but his dispassionate belief in science and modernity is shaken by betrayal and widening danger In a lush mystical voice a young Muslim woman Jaanan recounts her own relationships with one of the dead women and her suspected killer Were these political murders involving the palace or crimes of personal passion An absorbing tale that transports the reader to nineteenth century Turkey this novel is also a lyrical meditation on the contradictory desires of the human soul.