The Fourth Queen: A Novel MOBI ¸ The Fourth eBook

The Fourth Queen: A Novel ➶ [Read] ➲ The Fourth Queen: A Novel By Debbie Taylor ➾ – A lush historical epic The Fourth ueen 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 d A lush historical Queen: A MOBI ñ epic The Fourth ueen 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 Fourth eBook ☆ 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 Fourth Queen: A ePUB ´ 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 ueens 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 ueen” 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 ueens thus setting the scene for the tragic power struggle and love story that ensue.

10 thoughts on “The Fourth Queen: A Novel

  1. Sarah Sarah 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. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt 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 uite 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. Bookish Dervish Bookish Dervish says:

    I wish Goodreads enables nought as a rating to books This novel is a good example of what I am talking aboutThe 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 USAI 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» mistakesSome scattered uotes I liked1 “For what is envy but the fantasy of possessing what one envies?”2 “wealth is the failure to spend what one has3 “ once a thing has been purchased it loses much of its value”

  4. Natasa Natasa 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

  5. Ana Mardoll Ana Mardoll says:

    The Fourth ueen 1 4000 4925 3Each chapter in The Fourth ueen 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 acuired 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 EmperorThis 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 ueen and immediately sickens Microphilus is doubly motivated to solve the mystery and restore his loved one to good healthThe Fourth ueen 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 readAs 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 ueen 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

  6. gia gia 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 slightlyIn 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 wayBy 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 aroundBut 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 finishingAll 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

  7. Karyl Karyl says:

    Not uite 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 uiet 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

  8. Sara Sara 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 ueens 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 ueen 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 forgetIf 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

  9. Jean St.Amand Jean St.Amand says:

    I was going to give this book a higher rating until the way it ended What kind of a stupid ending was that? Seriously? That wasn't an ending; that was a book that lost the last several chapters and nobody noticed until after it was published and then it was too late so everyone just decided to pretend that the last published page was the actual ending of the story So annoying I ended up skimming through the Fijil chapters in the last half of the book because they were pointless to the story In the beginning the way he ''spoke'' was hard to follow; I realize the author was trying to make him sound intelligent but it was just too much blather As the book went on Helen sounded shallower and shallower and became harder and harder to like As for the Emperor he was a total creep Ugh I'm beginning to wonder why I read this book

  10. lena lena says:

    We could have had something good but we didn'tWhat ruined it? Perhaps it was the unnecessary descriptions of how fat the concubines were nearly every page or the unsympathetic and entitled Microphilus Perhaps it was how the book dragged on and how shallow the book ultimately wasI think I barfed when I read the afterword where Debbie Taylor cited Microphilus as her favorite character saying that she hopes we love him just as much as she does Sorry Debbie you missed the mark by a few miles with that oneI had high hopes going in but I just wasted my time and my nerves

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