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Toward the middle of the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire is still at the apex of its power. Mehmed IV’s ascent to the throne at the age of six, however, greatly intensifies the struggles for power and control in the Sultan’s court. In a world dominated by men, two intelligent, beautiful and ambitious women wage an open war. The young Sultan’s grandmother and his mother fight over the regency: a severe battle in which all means are allowed to make sure only one of them would come out victorious. Who will overcome her adversary? Will it be the experienced Kösem Mahpeyker, who has pulled the strings of power covertly during the reign of five sultans? Or the tenacious Turhan Hatice, who became Queen Mother at only twenty years of age? All of this takes place against the background of a panoramic view of the Ottoman Empire and one of its most secretive parts: the Sultan’s harem, an enigmatic place in the heart of the palace that houses hundreds of beautiful girls, where fiery passions and monstrous manipulations and intrigues determine the future. The harem is a veritable oasis of love but also of debauchery, of friendships but also of betrayals, of rises to but also of falls from power. You are atop the hierarchy today only to be eaten by the fish in the Golden Horn tomorrow. This is an intense story that reveals how the seemingly boring events from the historical chronicles may prove far more intriguing than we first assumed.
The novel is intended for an adult reading audience (18+).
Kathleen 2014-01-07 12:49:37
I enjoyed reading this novel and can readily see that there’s a lot to like: a rich time period rife with violence, tumultuous relationships, and a memorable cast of characters, just to name a few strong elements.
Angela 2014-01-08 07:12:13
The idea and the setting are fantastic I think, and when the characters started speaking it really began to come alive. It's a wonderfully dramatic project and I wonder if the author considered making this into a screenplay? Or writing a drama proposal for TV?
Kandy Witte 2014-03-23 01:18:32
Chavdar, I look forward to reading The Secret Power of the Harem and have just downloaded it. I had the pleasure of visiting Bulgaria (and Turkey) two years ago and found the scenery and the people lovely, inviting and charming. Thank you for sharing your novel.
Chavdar Mihov 2014-03-23 14:43:16
Kandy,thank you for your interest in THE SECRET POWER OF THE HAREM.I hope you will enjoy it.
Aidan 2014-04-15 12:55:51
The Secret Power of The Harem is, indeed, a most intriguing storyline, with a compelling narrative style. It's really interesting and exciting.
masfiction 2014-04-29 18:36:44
Just downloaded The Secret Power of the Harem. Look forward to enjoying it! Absolutely love historical fiction. Happy writing, whatever your new project may be and thanks for following on Twitter.
Chavdar Mihov 2014-04-30 14:50:10
Masfiction, thank you. I hope you'll like The Secret Power of the Harem. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
@Papperchasse 2014-05-12 11:09:21
Chavdar Mihov 2014-05-18 08:13:25
@Papperchasse Thank you!
Leyla 2014-06-21 22:40:34
Chavdar, thank you for giving readers the opportunity to read The Secret Power of the Harem - an exciting story about the exotic and fascinating Ottoman Empire!