Equal of the Sun
March 19, 2013
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". . .excellent job of weaving historical fact into a compelling narrative."
In 1576, the Shah of Iran has died. His daughter, Princess Pari, is a born leader and up to the task of ruling Iran. Because of her gender, she isn’t even considered. Along with her male servant, Javaher who serves as the narrator of the story, she out wits and outlasts the palace politics. The servant has two running subplots, finding the murderer of his father and providing for his sister. He has chosen to become a eunuch to be allowed behind the palace walls. Life in Iran depends on the stability and harmony amongst the ruling classes. Men are selected to rule and are killed. Her brother is anointed and wreaks havoc in the realm. Pari must take matters into her own hands for the future of Iran. Pari must choose her allies wisely. Being the Shah’s daughter doesn’t guarantee her protection or safety. The palace intrigue rivals any monarchy and Pari’s name should be mentioned with other infamous female rulers.
The title could be taken another way. “Equal to the Son” would be appropriate. Pari’s perceptions and applications of her wealth and power are impeccable. She understands the politics and reaches out to help the less fortunate. She would have been an outstanding ruler. Intelligent and poised, only her gender holds her back. The book’s layers include many women in unofficial positions of influence. The strength of the nation depends on them. The book is based on real people. A well-documented story of treachery at the highest level s. The author does an excellent job of weaving historical fact into a compelling narrative.
Reviewer: K. T. Sullivan
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