“Everyone aims at the same meaning, but many are the versions of the story.”
—Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent
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!
Ars Magica: How to tell a charming lie.
St. Lazarus’ Day: A spring ritual
Ottoman-era Bulgaria with pictures!
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
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)
“Refined Tastes in a Refined Place: Eating Habits an the Ottoman Palace During the 15th-17th Centuries,” by Arif Bilgin