The Sultan’s Enchanter

“Everyone aims at the same meaning, but many are the versions of the story.”

—Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent



Vladimir Dimitrov – “Girl with Poppies”


THE SULTAN’S ENCHANTER is about Ottoman-era Bulgaria. He’s an agent of the Sultan who kills with his voice, she’s a village witch with magic fingers. Together they fight off a zombie army!

Turhan’s mission was supposed to be simple: travel to the rural back end of Rumeli, confront a the rebellious magistrate of a certain village, use battle-enchantment to seize control of the minds of everyone in earshot, kill them, and ride home. But the magistrate’s own mind-controlling resources are greater than Turhan expected, and the rebellion is far more vile than he could have imagined. Also, there’s this witch.

Elena has to save her village, and she will use whatever tools come into her magical hands. This includes the arrogant battle enchanter Turhan.

If Turhan and Elena are to keep themselves alive, Turhan and Elena must find reasons to cooperate. In the mean time, mind control will have to do.

This book may also include Damascus roses, evil archaeology, religious icons, harem girls, highway men, Turing machines, pinecone jam, and foreign language acquisition.


STATUS: Looking for publishers!


Read Chapter 1 now!


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St. Lazarus’ Day: A spring ritual

Ottoman-era Bulgaria with pictures!

The Ballad of Prince Marko and Maid Magdalena a folksong


Vocabulary and Slice of Life from Koprivshtitsa, an architectural preserve.

Other information on my tumblr research page

NARRATIVE OF TRAVELS EUROPE, ASIA, AND AFRICA, THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY by Evliya Efendi. Translated from the Turkish by the Ritter Joseph Von Hammer

The government of the Ottoman empire in the time of Suleiman the Magnificent by Albert Howe

Medicinal plants from an old Bulgarian Medical Book by Anely Nedelcheva

Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire by Mehrdad Kia

 Bulgarian Holidays and Traditions by Maria Prodanova

Koprivshtenski pesni published by the community center (chetalishte) of the town of Koprivshtitsa

Ottoman kit (for information on uniforms)

Bibliography of Bulgarian historical literature

Refined Tastes in a Refined Place: Eating Habits an the Ottoman Palace During the 15th-17th Centuries,” by Arif Bilgin

Sound track:



Thracian Rhyton

Bulgarian carved cross

Ottoman scent bottle 15-19c.