Book Review | The Oracle of Stamboul

Title: The Oracle of Stamboul: A Novel

Author: Michael David Lukas

My Review:

The Oracle of Stamboul: A Novel by Michael David Lukas is one of the most wonderfully unique novels that I have read in a very long time. It is the story of a young gifted girl named Eleonora who is born in 1877 and gains the attention of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire because of her intelligence and prodigal nature. What immediately caught my attention when reading The Oracle of Stamboul is that it felt like I was being magically transported into a historical fairy tale complete with a tragic birth, difficult step-mother, beautiful dresses and royal court intrigue. While the plot does move along slowly at times it is never boring and the characters and backdrop were quite well developed, particularly the adorable and brilliant Eleonora.

I appreciate that The Oracle of Stamboul is so creatively written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This novel would appeal to a diverse readership but particularly to those who enjoy history and 19th century politics. If this is the author’s debut novel then I eagerly anticipate more intriguing stories to follow.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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