About Equal of the Sun
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (June 5, 2012)
Legendary women–from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth to Mary Queen of Scotts—changed the course of history in the royal courts of sixteenth century England, they are celebrated in history books and novels, but few people know of the powerful women in the Muslim world who formed alliances, served as key advisors to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. In Equal of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani’s gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran she brings one such woman to life, Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi.
Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protégé, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest advisor Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.
Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun is a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch. Anita Amirrezvani is a master storyteller and in her lustrous prose this rich and labyrinthine world comes to vivid life with a stunning cast of characters, passionate and brave men and women who defy or embrace their destiny in a Machiavellian game played by those who lust for power and will do anything to attain it.
“Amirrezvani’s sixteenth century Iran is a world as complex as Shakespeare’s London, that seethes with intrigue, passion, and lawlessness, a world where a brilliant young princess, who longs for power denied her as a female, and a servant, with a desire so relentless he half-destroys himself, make a desperate pact to control the government and fate of the country, and in doing so discover their greatest loves and sorrows. In this astonishing novel Amirrezvani reminds us what all human hearts suffer and dare. EQUAL OF THE SUN is an irresistible novel.” —Jonis Agee, author of The River Wife
“A dazzling historical novel of ancient Persia, a fairy tale of universal resonance, EQUAL OF THE SUN is a story of love and ambition, loyalty and intrigue, the eternal anguish of a heart—and a country—at war with itself.” —Gina Nahai, author of Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith and Caspian Rain
Anita Amirrezvani is the author of The Blood of Flowers, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and a former staff writer and dance critic for the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. She is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Anita Amirrezvani’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, June 4th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, June 6th: Confessions of an Avid Reader
Wednesday, June 6th: Historical-Fiction.com Book Highlight
Thursday, June 7th: Broken Teepee
Monday, June 11th: Wordsmithonia
Tuesday, June 12th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, June 13th: Man of La Book
Thursday, June 14th: A Bookish Affair
Friday, June 15th: Book Chase
Monday, June 18th: Lit and Life
Tuesday, June 19th: Bibliosue
Wednesday, June 20th: The Book Garden
Monday, June 25th: Col Reads
Tuesday, June 26th: Bippity Boppity Book
Wednesday, June 27th: Historical Tapestry “Why I Love…” guest post
Wednesday, June 27th: Historical Tapestry review
Thursday, June 28th: Enchanted by Josephine.
Friday, June 29th: Twisting the Lens
Monday, July 2nd: Scandalous Women