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Every Rising Sun

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399805988

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 11th April 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Myth & Legend Told As Fiction

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‘Lyrically imaginative . . . enthralling’ GUARDIAN

Before she was the legendary Persian queen who spun a thousand tales, Shaherazade was a girl who saw something she shouldn’t have.

She told the king.

She thought she was doing what was right.

She couldn’t have imagined what was to come.

The Seljuk Empire is on fire and the king is on a rampage after learning of his wife’s infidelity. Unsated by her execution, he has gone on to wed and behead a new wife night after night. Fear spreads through the city and Shaherazade must do something, anything, to halt the horror she has set in motion. When the king starts searching for his next bride, Shaherazade steps forward.

As the sun sets on her wedding night, she begins to weave a tale that will go down in history.

‘A sumptuous, moreish novel infused with the joys of storytelling’ LEILA ABOULELA, author of Minaret

‘I was entranced by this marvel of a book, wound about by the weave of its tales, unable to put it down’ CLAIRE GILBERT, author of I, Julian


Richly imagined and sumptuously told . . . Ahmed deftly interweaves history and myth to create a world that is as compelling as it is magical. Every chapter leaves you eager to sit at Shaherazade's feet once more
G. Willow Wilson, author of The Bird King
A beautifully imagined and fiercely feminist retelling of a cherished classic . . . You won't want to miss Ahmed's gorgeous writing, this rich and vibrant world, and of course, Shaherazade, a timeless heroine who speaks with an urgency it's impossible to deny. I turned the last page grateful to be reminded of how during humanity's darkest nights, stories are what keep us alive
V. V. Ganeshananthan, author of Brotherless Night
A sumptuous, moreish novel infused with the joys of storytelling. A bold, heady journey into the riches and passions of Crusader history, presenting a fresh and fascinating Muslim perspective
Leila Aboulela
With imaginative creativity and embellishment of its 12th-century Persia setting, this novel is a striking testament to the power of stories
Library Journal
Ahmed flawlessly weaves together countless threads to create a stunning tapestry revealing the bonds that tie people together and the deceptions that tear them apart. A gorgeous novel that rejoices in the legacy of the woman who tells tales
A vibrant spin on the Arabian classic One Thousand and One Nights . . . Ahmed brings new life to Shaherazade's thrilling tales
Publishers Weekly
I was entranced by this marvel of a book, wound about by the weave of its tales, unable to put it down, astonished at the power of a story to change everything
Claire Gilbert, author of I, Julian
Fresh and fascinating . . . Every Rising Sun is a deft and elegant novel which celebrates the power of the storyteller to transform and inspire
Nikki Marmery, author of Lilith
A kaleidoscopic narrative tat extends far beyond the familiar framing tales . . . A celebration of persisting against all odds, of the remarkable endurance of female voices across histories, and of love's power to transcend injustices . . . Every Rising Sun is sure to captivate lovers of mythical retellings and historical fiction