Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani
This unusual historical fiction story takes place in Iran (Persia, then) in the 1500’s. When the Shah dies without leaving a specific heir, chaos breaks out and his favored daughter, Princess Pari, tries to wrest control of the country. She had been taught to rule at her father’s side, but knew she would always have to do it behind the scenes, through a male “puppet” shah. This book is the story of her trying to gain control in a royal court full of intrigue, manipulations and even murders. Her only true ally is Javaher, a eunuch who is wise to the ways of the court, but also has his own secret agenda
I found the book to be completely exciting, and loved seeing a woman trying to take control when her whole world was against powerful women. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, you will especially appreciate that this title is not set in the usual European or early American time periods. I would highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction and readers who enjoy stories about the Middle East.
Review by Ms. Provence