Monday 16 August 2021

Book Review: The Silence of Scheherazade by Defne Suman

The start of a new week and I am thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Silence of Scheherazade by Defne Suman. This was such a beautiful read and I am delighted to be able to share my review with you.


One autumn night in 1905, Scheherazade is born to an opium induced Mother in the ancient city of Smyrna. At that exact same time, an Indian spy arrives on a mission from the British Empire. The Ottoman Empire is slowly falling apart, but first we get to travel through the intertwining fates of four families as their peaceful city is ripped apart by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

As soon as I read the first page of The Silence of Scheherazade, I knew this was going to be story that I wouldn't be able to put down. The writing and descriptions were simply impeccable. 

This was piece of history that I knew very little about and was shocked to learn about the events that happened once the Greeks took occupation after World War One. It is however dealt with very sensitively and the author does a fantastic job of portraying each of the different cultures and allowing the reader to see from every angle.

Each of the main characters was wonderfully complex and I loved reading about each of them and where their story would go and how they each intertwined with one another.

As this was written from multiple viewpoints and timelines, I can see that some readers might find this a little confusing, but once you are a little further into the story, everything starts to truly fall into place. I am also a big fan of multiple points of view, so this just added to my overall enjoyment of it.

I am yet to meet historical fiction that I don't like at the moment. Everything that is coming out is absolutely brilliant and I really hope it continues.

A beautiful and breathtaking read. This is a must read for historical fiction fans.

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