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The Kadin [Mass Market Paperback]

B Small
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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Feb. 1 1978

Abducted from a life of privilege, she was sold into slavery in a distant land. For Lady Janet Leslie there would be no escaping the harem of the wealthy and powerful Sultan Selim. But from the moment the handsome ruler spied his breathtaking "Cyra," was captivated -- by the fiery desire that coursed through his veins. She belonged to him, body and soul -yet it was he who was enslaved.

Praised for her keen sense of history and remarkable storytelling powers, the bestselling author of The Spitfire displays the passionate magic that has made her a national favorite -sweeping the reader into the romantic past, from the magnificence of Renaissance Europe to the perfumed splendor of a Sultan's court.


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About the Author

Beatrice Small lives with her husband, George;
Deuteromony, the long-haired Maine Coon Cat;
Checquers, the fat black and white cat with the pink
ears; Nicky the Cockatiel; and Gilberto, the cranky
Half-Moon Conure, in the English speaking
community in New York State. The family heir, Tom,
is now a college man. Beatrice Small is the author of
The Kadin, Love Wild and Fair, Adora,
Skye O'Malley, Unconquered, Beloved,
All The Sweet Tomorrows,
This Heart Of Mine, Enchantress Mine,
Blaze Wyndham, Lost Love Found,
The Spitfire, and A Love For All Time.
She loves hearing from her readers. You can write to
her at P.O. Box 765, Southold, NY 11971


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and fascinating look at harem life. May 14 2001
By mirope
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those of you expecting a typical sizzling Bertrice Small romance, be prepared to get something different. I actually found myself checking the cover again and again to make sure this was the same Bertrice Small. There are virtually no [adult] scenes in this book, but the story is so compelling and wonderfully written that it doesn't need them. This is the amazing story of Janet aka Cyra Leslie, a young Scottish girl kidnapped and purchased for a Selim, future Turkish sultan. Even though this is not the life she would have chosen, she quickly adapts and is determined to make her life with Selim as pleasant as possible. She forms a lasting bond with her fellow wives and finds herself madly in love with Selim. This isn't a fairy tale romance. Cyra has to share Selim with other women, and their life is repeatedly marred by violence and tragedy. Her rise to power is fascinating, and all of the relationships in the book ring true. The book is well-grounded in historical research, and the book reads like a true story. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How a strong woman can rule... April 5 2001
By Jenise
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An epic story of men and women; of men thinking they are the ones in control and of women secretly running the world behind their backs! This is the life of Janet Leslie who is kidnapped from her family and sold to the future sultan of Turkey as his slave. Janet becomes one of the few women who can look on the "bright side" of her situation...instead of bemoaning her fate she takes control of her life. She becomes the beautiful Cyra Hafise; first wife of the sultan, bas-kadin (mother of the heir), and unspoken leader of her household. The other wives look to her for advice and the children come to her for comfort. She advises her husband in affairs of state and on his military campaigns. She is a strong woman who sends her youngest son to her family in her homeland rather than see him killed as a danger to the succession. At the sultan's death she becomes the power behind her oldest son, the new sultan. This book follows her success and her failures. A fantastic book I was sorry to see end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyra is my idol! Oct. 28 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved... abolutely LOVED this book. I first got it from a woman giving away a lot of her books due to moving and I read it until it fell apart. Then I bought another copy, which will likely also need replacing soon. Whenever I need a good dose of pick-me-up, I head straight for Ms. Small... usually to The Kadin. Lady Janet Leslie-turned-Cyra (Hafise) is a woman for women to be proud of -- a worthy heroine! Since I only objected to a tiny scene near the very end of the book, I could not remove even one star for trivialities such as that... but it was my own personal hang-up on the personality and identity of Cyra that the way her old friend Colin treated her near the end of the book should not have been tolerated, considering who she was - both the most powerful and beloved woman in the Ottoman Empire, and the strong-willed, not-to-be-trifled-with woman that she was. I don't care if she was past fifty by then; the Cyra I know should have had him killed for such presumption. I would have, if I were her... never doubt it! However, I may be more upset about that one small scene than necessary, considering Cyra is my hero, but what a worthy hero she is! Set in the fascinating world of a Turkish harem at a young age, Cyra is transformed from an impetuous child to a beloved and sweet, yet powerful woman. The nature of the harem life necessitated that she be ruthless when it was called for; and she had the strength of character to never shirk what needed to be done and the wisdom to know how and when to act in order to be in control of her own life. Though she lived in a harem, she was NEVER a slave or a victim, as harem life is usually portrayed -- indeed, she and her 'sisters' (Sultan Selim's other wives) made harem life seem very appealing. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and the BEST from Ms. Small. A CLASSIC. March 30 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first when I read this, I couldn't grasp the concept of four women sharing a male without sniping and backbiting, either. Then I read it again. And again. And I learned that in other cultures and other time periods, it wasn't only possible but most likely happened. All of the characters are strong and well-developed without being whiny or weak. I loved how the friendships of all of the women evolved, making it a "chick story" in a funny little way. Selim was a strong man without being overbearing, and Besma was a perfect synonym for evil - the plots that woman came up with! Perhaps it's funny that this book contains the least descriptions of graphic sex out of all of Small's novels - I went specifically searching one day to try and find them and came up with very little. I can imagine the treatment it would be given today if Small were to redo it. (And I pray that never, ever happens.)
Start with the first and the best here. There's nothing else like it. A true classic romance of the 70's, and beyond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kadin March 28 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was given to me by my mother quite a few years ago. I was fascinated from page one. Icould not put it down. I am not one who could share my husband, in fact I have a bit of a problem with the green monster, but we must realise the different way of things in different times and different countries. I guess that is where the fascination lies. Though most of us do not wish to believe it, things like this were commonplace many, MANY, years ago. The descriptions put me right there, as if I were really observing what was happening. I would recommend this book to anyone. It has romance and suspence rolled into one, as well as intrigue, and family ties. One tends to think about what is best, as opposed to what one wants. Please read this to get a look at a different lifestyle, and how strong the will of a person can be.Evi Johnson/ eviandart@bigplanet.com I have totally worn out the book. First it broke in half, then pages started falling out. That is
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 25 days ago by Candace Lebedoff
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Blend
I found this book to be a perfect blend of history and romance. While I agree that the idea of a 13 year old girl being sold into slavery is completely repulsive by today's... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars the very best of bertrice
I never liked romance novels until i read a Bertrice Small book. The Kadin is so much more than a romance novel,its a story of janet/cyras life. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by donna
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Best Left Unread
This is a great epic novel. The story of Janet Leslie from youth to death. I am giving it three stars because it is not what I expect from a romance novel. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
In my opinion, this is the best of all Small's works. Even tho they left the last chapter out of the original paperback it is an outstanding read. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Judith Maier
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is the best one of Bertrice Small's books other than the "Skye" series. I have probably read this book 10 times or more. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003 by Donna Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST !!!
I thought this book was absolutly fantastic. Even though the years in the book went by rather fast I still enjoyed it. Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by A.C
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This is my favorite book. I have had it since it was first on the market and have read it over and over again. Would never sell it. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kadin
I started reading Bertice Small with Love Slave. But I thoroughly enojoyed reading The Kadin. The author has a way with words, that transports you to the era. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by Terra Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, juicy, great history time-lines!
I LOVED this book! The mixture of women from different cultures, all uniting in their love for one sensual, erotic, and powerful man made an interesting read! Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2001 by Julie Salazar
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