Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. If you'd like to play along, please do the following:

Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
Be careful not to include spoilers.
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.



Here is my teaser from the ARC of The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman, a tale of love, secrets and murder in the Ottoman Palace in sixteenth century Constantinople:

p. 52
"There were many occasions in the life of the palace women -- entertainments and dancing for the Sultan, alfresco picnics in the palace gardens and boating expeditions along the Bosphorous -- when the Valide showed herself. At those times, when the music played and the sound of women's voices and laughter carried on the rose-scented air, when they were taken to watch the dolphins sporting in the Sea of Marmara or when the moonlight sparkled on the waters of the Bosphorous and the little boats of the women, lit up like fireflies, followed the Sultan in his mother Safiye's barge, its poop all inlaid wih precious stones, shining with ivory and gold, at those times, Celia thought, it was possible to believe that the Valide was indeed the mother of them all."

9 comments:

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

wow...I've got to get this book!

Mishel said...

That cover is just lovely =) I really enjoyed the teaser too!!

Joanne said...

Sharon - The historical details are fascinating.

Mishel - I agree on the cover; it's lovely! I think book cover art work has risen to a new level that is just spectacular!

Marie Burton said...

Awesomely long sentence, enjoyed that one.
I hope the book is just as awesome, it sounds like it definitely has that potential.

Kim said...

Did you say "poop" was inlaid with precious stones :)

LOVE your new background!! I love change to much to settle on one design, so I do like to change it up for the seasons. DId I say the word change enough?

Joanne said...

Hi, Marie - Thanks for stopping by! It is long for sure -- not typical for the rest of the book.

Hi, Kim - Yep, it's poop -- as in, poop deck.

I like to change things up a bit on my blog, too, and I had to have the Victorian boot!

hmsgofita said...

Great book blog! Thanks for your teaser! Looks great!

Teddyree said...

Love the teaser, love that time period. This one is going straight on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!!

Joanne said...

Thank you, Teddyree and hmsgofita, for visiting!

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