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~Free Book ⚇ Sultana: The Pomegranate Tree ♋ Bookof the Sultana seriesIn fifteenth century Moorish Spain, Aisha, the descendant of the Sultans of Granada endures a life imperiled by dynastic warfare, loss, and cruel fateEnemies descend on the kingdom from all sides and threaten to tear it apart To preserve a fragile peace, Aisha suffers a sham marriage to a cruel tyrant, forever divided from the love that once ruled her heartYears later, when a trusted confidante becomes a powerful rival, Aisha must fight for the future of the next generation or witness the destruction of her family and the last vestiges of Moorish rule in Spain For those with an interest in Spain s history and who have visited the magnificent Moorish city of Granada, this compelling and meticulously researched novel is a must read This is the story of the last queen of Granada, Aisha al Hurra, the very woman whose son surrendered to the Christian alliance led by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile the Moorish ruler, who you may have heard, told her son, Do not weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man When I rea For those with an interest in Spain s history and who have visited the magnificent Moorish city of Granada, this compelling and meticulously researched novel is a must read This is the story of the last queen of Granada, Aisha al Hurra, the very woman whose son surrendered to the Christian alliance led by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile the Moorish ruler, who you may have heard, told her son, Do not weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man When I read this quote many years ago, while exploring the wonders of the Granada palace, I longed to learnabout the plight of the kingdom in its last days Who was this powerful Aisha who spoke so reproachfully to her son What was her story I wished thathad been written about this strong woman in the same way the life of her political nemesis, Queen Isabella, had been covered with great detail This novel answered my wishes and muchSultana The Pomegranate Tree traces the journey of a wilful and ambitious Sultana, a descendant of the Nasrid dynasty, and her ascent to power as Queen of the Kingdom of Garnatah or Granada, through marital alliances From a young age, Aisha demonstrates an innate mastery of political intrigue, an unflinching sense of duty and a profound love of the kingdom Watching her evolve through the key historical events leading to the fall of Granada is fascinating, and provides a rare glimpse into the lives of Granada s rulers in that period The novel is a well executed biography.Without revealing too much of the plot, Aisha will face dramatic upheavals in her life, and extricate herself from numerous dangers within the palace and beyond As a character she was well rounded and likable, allowing the reader to feel each moment One particular scene had me gutted, and its aftermath, which dealt with the combined feelings of loss, mourning and revenge, were well treated The intrigue around Aisha s twin sister, Fatimah, the tragic story of Aisha s mother and the engaging romance with Aisha s first husband were all fascinating The banquet scene, which saw the nobles of the Abencerraje family massacred by Muley Hac n, unravelled with great suspense, and would make a fantastic film sequence.The treatment around Aisha s real life rival, Isabel de Solis was complex, with a highly satisfying twist Due to the aura of mystery around de Solis, she became my favorite character Second place would go to Aisha s second husband and ruler of Granada, Muley Hac n, who is entirely believable in his romantic and historical behavior.So much to admire about this beautifully crafted novel Attention to historical detail is outstanding The prose and dialogue are evocative and cinematic Anyone who reads historical fiction for the pleasure of being swept away into others worlds will not be disappointed the novel paints Moorish Spain with a creative flair that is both enchanting and historically informative Sultana The Pomegranate Tree is a penultimate novel in a mind blowing series of six Its plot concludes in the year 1482, the year before Aisha engineers her son s ascent to the throne, leaving no doubt that the final book will deal with this and , culminating in the climatic surrender of Granada Many of us will be pining for novel number six which will no doubt crown this trailblazing author as an unsurpassed master for this unique period of history Aisha isn t as engaging a heroine as the other women in the series, and I wish that Ms Yarde had found a way to conclude her story with the fall of Granada, but still enjoyable.