The Fourth Queen: A Novel

The Fourth Queen: A Novel A Lush Historical Epic, The Fourth Queen Is The Story Of One Woman S Struggle For Power And Love In The Court Of The Eighteenth Century Emperor Of Morocco Poetically Intense And Sensual, It Marks The Debut Of A Gifted New AuthorBeautiful Helen Gloag Is Determined To Escape The Cycle Of Poverty And Early Death That Has Destroyed So Many Women In Her Native Scotland Barely Out Of Her Teens, She Flees Her Hometown And Sets Sail For The Colonies On A Ship Bound For Boston But The Ship Falls Prey To A Band Of Corsairs Pirates From The Barbary Coast Of Africa Helen Is Taken Captive And Sent To A Procuress In Morocco, Where Women Are Sold Into The Slave Markets Of The Nobility In The Procuress S House, She Is Discovered By The Witty, Soft Hearted Dwarf Microphilus, Who Oversees The Harem Of The Emperor Himself Knowing Her Red Hair And Milky Skin Will Enthrall His Master, He Takes Her To Marrakech, And The Imperial Palace The Harem Of The Emperor Is A Mysterious, Voluptuous, And Forbidding Place, A Hive Of Dangerous Political Tensions And Unlikely Friendships Microphilus, Himself A Scot Captured By Pirates As A Young Man, Has Found His Fortune In The Emperor S Harem, Where He Serves The Queens, Including The Charismatic, Ian African Empress Batoom, Who Is His Lover With Microphilus S Help, Helen Learns To Negotiate The Politics Of The Harem And Compete For The Emperor S Favor Cast Into The Luxurious But Sinister World Of The Harem, Helen Is At First Terrified Of The Godlike And Often Cruel Emperor, But She Soon Becomes His Favorite Eventually, Out Of All The Harem Women, She Is Chosen To Become His Fourth Wife The Greatest Of Honors, Since The Emperor May Have Hundreds Of Concubines But Only Four Official Wives With Her Marriage, However, Comes The Greatest Danger Helen S Predecessor, The Other White Queen, Has Succumbed To A Mysterious, Disfiguring Illness And Is Slowly Wasting Away Poison Is The Most Likely Cause, And Microphilus Knows That Helen Is Destined To Be The Next Victim In The Harem, Hundreds Of Women Are Vying To Be One Of The Four Queens, Thus Setting The Scene For The Tragic Power Struggle And Love Story That Ensue

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  • Paperback
  • 496 pages
  • The Fourth Queen: A Novel
  • Debbie Taylor
  • English
  • 27 April 2017
  • 9780141012421

10 thoughts on “The Fourth Queen: A Novel

  1. says:

    Despite the fascinating subject matter this is a remarkably unappetizing story Having done some research on Morocco at this period myself I know it s not easy to come by material that would make it possible to build a realistic picture of life at the time, but the author s solution throwing together a mish mash of characters and practices from across a period of several hundred years is highly unsatisfactory Despite the fact that this was a remarkable time and this particular Emperor an especially shrewd and foresighted one, the focus is relentlessly on sex, sadism and intrigue In the end I was just bored and impatient of it all It reminds me of the time I met an American woman who was born and raised in pre Communist Shanghai Asking her about some of the amazing events she must have lived through I discovered that she was almost entirely ignorant of them she spoke nothing but English, had virtually no contact with the natives except as servants and all she could talk about was what wonderful parties the Anglo community used to have there I felt the same way as with this book what a terrible waste of potential.

  2. says:

    I almost set this aside I enjoyed reading about Helen, a Scottish girl abducted by pirates and sold to the Moroccan emperor and her parts of the story were interesting, but I did not enjoy the parts that were told by the midget eunuch His sexual thoughts, fantasies, and his dalliances with the harem hippo was all quite repulsive to me I was grossed out a few times and had to scan over alot of his narratives Had the story simply been told about Helen and in the third person, with no narratives by the eunuch I would have really enjoyed it I felt sorry for Helen who was living the life of a prisoner with a few jewels and baubles to show for it in the privacy of her room Truly an interesting look at harem life in the 1700s, but the midget and hippo sex was too much.

  3. says:

    I wish Goodreads enables nought as a rating to books This novel is a good example of what I am talking about.The book is a waste of time and money I bought it in a second hand store in Morocco To my astonishment the discriptions in it are far from being accurate And being Moroccan I feel frustrated that novels like these, are written just for the pure enjoyment of readers in U K or in USA.I am aware that such novels are not to be taken as a source for historical facts but Let s take a look at the could have been avoided mistakes.Some scattered quotes I liked 1 For what is envy but the fantasy of possessing what one envies 2 wealth is the failure to spend what one has 3 once a thing has been purchased, it loses much of its value

  4. says:

    Evo za kraj ove 2017 godine putujemo u daleki Maroko Pri a o ivotu Europljanka na marokanskom dvoru Radnja se doga a u 18 stolje u Odlu na Helen bje i iz kotske i plovi za kolonije Brod zarobe gusari i prodaju Helen podvla i u Maroko.U haremu saznaje da je kralj otjerao etvrtu kraljicu.Knjiga me odu evila jer me odvela u daleki Maroko Obo avam knjige o dalekim kulturama.

  5. says:

    Da leggere per scoprire le bassezze a cui sono disposte le donne quando, rinchiuse in una gabbia dorata, sono costrette a lottare con tutte le armi a loro disposizione per garantirsi le attenzioni di un solo uomo.

  6. says:

    The Fourth Queen 1 4000 4925 3Each chapter in The Fourth Queen alternates between the two main characters Helen, who is shown to us in the third person, and Microphilus, who is given to us in the form of a first person diary narrative Microphilus is the chief eunuch in the harem of the Emperor, and a dwarf Dangerously, he is secretly intact , and not a eunuch at all Helen, the most recently acquired harem girl, is a self centered red haired girl from Microphilus beloved homeland When Microphilus falls in love with Helen, he struggles to court her away from her infatuation with the Emperor.This love triangle, between the sympathetic Microphilus, the self centered Helen, and the charming yet psychopathic Emperor, is set against the further intrigue that the Emperor s wives of whom he is allowed four are slowly being cursed, or sickened, with a mysterious ailment that disfigures and maims the women, yet does not kill them Of course, when Helen is installed as the newest queen and immediately sickens, Microphilus is doubly motivated to solve the mystery and restore his loved one to good health The Fourth Queen is a surprisingly compelling read Microphilus is one of the most sympathetic literary characters I ve encountered recently loving and desiring Helen from afar, desperate to please her, saddened that his physical body repels her while the Emperor s cruel personality does not Helen, though she is eminently shallow and self centered, nevertheless has valid reasons for being so trapped as she is in a world where her very life depends on pleasing the men who hold power over her If she selfishly desires jewels and riches, it is because she craves some semblance of security in her chaotic world And the Emperor is realistically two faced cruel by turns, but with a charming facade for his favorite women The backdrop of the mysterious illness is compellingly written, with multiple reasonable causes and suspects Certainly, the resolution of the mystery, and of the love triangle, will keep the reader s interest sustained until the finish All in all, a very enjoyable read.As far as potentially objectionable content, like most harem novels, this isn t something you want to leave lying around for the children to stumble on However, the scenes in The Fourth Queen are comparatively tame, involving mostly erotic dance to please the Emperor, and some straightforward homosexuality between the love starved girls in the harem There is also a description of a rather medieval abortion in this book Ana Mardoll

  7. says:

    Overall I enjoyed reading this book I charged through it in just a couple of days However I had to overlook a few significant plot holes, and one particular theme throughout the book that bothered me slightly.In the novel, Helen, from Scotland, is taken to the Moroccan emperor s harem The emperor is something of a chubby chaser, so Helen and even our other narrator Fijil, a dwarf talk constantly about how fat the girls are, rolling around, in a rather negative way.By the time Helen inevitably falls into the emperor s bed himself, she s learned that this is how women are supposed to be, which is a bit positive although Helen s always been kind of dim and easily bossed around.But then towards the end of the book I shan t give details , she s become slender again, and happy It s not that I feel that the author is particularly meaning to give some kind of message about how fat women are indolent lazy idiots which Helen became and slender ones intelligent the most virtuous and intelligent character of the book is also a large woman but the constant talk of fatness and skinniness in the terms that they re presented was irksome enough that I was still thinking about it after finishing.All in all a solid, but not particularly spectacular read, especially if you re looking for the relatively small realm of books about harems that aren t bodice ripper romance novels, smut, or mediocre manga.

  8. says:

    Not quite halfway through this book and I had to put it down I am tired of reading about how fat the Emperor s concubines are, with their ripplings of fat and the way they waddle as they walk I understand this book takes place in a harem, which, by definition, is a place full of sex, but I am just tired of reading about it all It would be better if I actually cared about the main character, Helen, but she s so quiet and passive, it s hard to understand why the author put such emphasis on her The chapters written by the dwarf tended to disgust me as well I m no prude, but it s just all a little much I m so glad I didn t pay much for this book.

  9. says:

    This is an amazing story about pirates, a harem, a dwarf, an emperor, lots of eunuchs, jewels, gardens, religion, beauty, ambition, and poison The language is beautiful The story is sad but captivating There were plenty of plot twists, unexpected alliances, and betrayal I couldn t put this book down.

  10. says:

    First time I ve actively hated a book in a while I was so close to not even finishing it but I wanted to know who was poisoning the queens so I binge read the rest of it in one night And I am now SO glad it is over and I can warn off others not to read it The writing was nauseating All the talk of fat and rolls and dimples and it is making a fetish out of weight and degrading anyone who reads it whether they re skinny or not The line about this is what a real woman looks like made me so angry but not as angry as how they felt the need to point out how the women were all like hippos every second line And the different words for genitals and slime and wetness like I felt sick reading it because who talks like this and thinks it is in the least bit sexy The characters Didn t care for any of them Helen was a piece of work How vain she was only caring about jewels and wealth even just after her best friend had her eyes plucked out and after the other queen died All she cared about and how it would be convenient if Zara died too There was no growth from her character and I had no sympathy for her whatsoever The only character I remotely liked was Zouria sp because she was at the least interesting And of course she had to die The King was lazy, violent, a rapist and disturbing on about twelve other levels Fillia sp was no better Going on about how much he hated this women s world but gushing when Helen wanted jewels Because this love blinds all faults especially if you dissuade one activity and then encourage it with another The plot I ve learned about Helen from her Wikipedia page then from this book The poison takes up too much of the story and then finishes with thirty pages left which makes the story drag when it was probably invented We have no idea what choices the characters make at the end which makes me feel there should have been focus on that instead of the eighteen disgusting sex scenes And then she finally remembers her friend It s been 300 pages, write that shit down so you won t forget If you re interested in a book about Harem though it s the Ottoman Empire and not Morocco I suggest The Sultan s Harem by Colin Falconer It s not the best in terms of characters but at least it doesn t insult the culture while describing it.

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