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Equal of the Sun: A Novel
By Anita Amirrezvani
(Scribner, $26)
Princess Pari assumes control of late-16th-century Iran after the sudden death of her father, the Shah. While she waits for her brother to return from exile to rule the throne, Pari manages to bring peace to the kingdom with the aid of Javaher, a eunuch and trusted political adviser. But when the new king arrives with an iron-fist rule, Pari and Javaher discover a web of secrets, danger and Machiavellian power struggles lurking within the palace walls. With colorful prose and tales from the royal court, author Anita Amirrezvani brings 1576 Iran to life.