Publisher: Harper (February 8, 2011)
A girl changes the course of the Ottoman empire in Lukas's middling debut. Eleonora Cohen--born in 1877 Romania, prophesied to alter history, and gifted with great intelligence--stows away at age eight to follow her father to Stamboul. Her first weeks there are a whirlwind of beautiful new dresses and cultural experiences, but the idyllic adventure takes a terrible twist after her father is killed in an accident and Eleonora is taken in by her father's wealthy and politically slippery friend. She proves to be a quick study, and once her tutor alerts the palace of Eleonora's immense intelligence, she finds herself in attendance at the sultan's court, commenting on a political standoff between the Ottoman empire, Russia, and Germany. As the sultan's interest in her grows, so, too, does her reputation and importance, though Eleonora is unsure if her new role is what she wants from life.
Okay, firstly, this book was a bit slow. Doesn't catch you attention right away. But, if you can get past this, The Oracle of Stamboul is very well written. I realized very early on that if you read this book out loud, it's very fun. It has words that are fun to say, especially if you say them in a fake British accent. You know, not that I tried it...
Michael David Lukas created some interesting characters for this book. They were well developed, and the main character, Eleonora, kinda reminded me of Harry Potter. After her mother died, she was raised by her stern, no-nonsense aunt. She spent the early years of her childhood cleaning and cooking. When it is discovered that she is academically talented, her aunt forces her to hide her gift, threatening not to teach her anything else if she so much as speaks of it. You get that kind of pity for the character that you know and like. And Mr. Lukas creates the kind of character that you can instantly like. And he does so greatly.
As I said before, the story is a bit slow, and at the beginning of the book you don't see anything that instantly catches your attention. But, I strongly encourage you to keep reading because this is a good book. The writing isn't something you see in the teen section at a book store. Lukas worded things in a more Tolkien way, something that I liked a lot. And like Tolkien's writing, this book takes a little patience to read. But, it really is awesome.
'Cause I'm such a cool person, I'm gonna be giving this book away. The contest will be up soon!
Hey too all you people who read for fun. U R COOL.