BLOG TOUR REVIEWS

Here are the reviews from the brilliant book bloggers who read my English debut The Silence of Scheherazade! I am sending you a all my gratitude from the bottom of my heart!

Dorota Galeza – http://dorotagaleza.co.uk/the-silence-of-scheherazade-by-defne-suman-is-a-fantastic-novel/

‘The Silence of Scheherazade’ is literary fiction at its best.

Blotted Ink Books – https://www.instagram.com/p/CSpCkiJIYDu/

‘The City of Smyrna is captured beautifully within its pages, the story weaving its way through time’

Laura Patricia Rose – http://www.laurapatriciarose.co.uk/2021/08/book-review-silence-of-scheherazade-by.html#.YRqQ_4hKguV

‘The writing and descriptions were simply impeccable.’

 ‘A beautiful and breathtaking read. This is a must read for historical fiction fans.’

The Thoughts of a Bibliophile – https://www.instagram.com/p/CSqyeycrskQ/ (1,650 Instagram followers)

http://thethoughtsofabibliophile.simplesite.com/449958850

‘I was submerged into the culturally rich and atmospheric city of Smyrna from the offset. This is an epic saga abundant in history and infused with love, loss and despair as each character is brought to life… Defne Suman is a true storyteller as each page, each sentence flowed with perfection making it difficult to put down.’

https://ramblingmads.com/2021/08/18/blog-tour-the-silence-of-scherazade-defne-suman/

‘Beautifully written and translated, this is a moving and richly evocative story’

My Dark Bibliophile

https://www.instagram.com/p/CSuqjHnrZKW/‘An immersive and important piece of translated historical fiction that I’m glad to have experienced.’

Nightfall Mysteries – https://www.instagram.com/p/CSwquEQIfim/

‘I fell in love with the Suman’s marvellous, evocative writing.’

‘The cultural background was a massive YES for me. I felt I could almost smell and see certain passages of this novel or even listen to the busy and the overcrowded streets here.’

Frenzy Reads – https://www.instagram.com/p/CSwtjWxoX6l/

‘In a cast of characters, the most standout for me was the historical figure of the city of Smyrna. She acts as a source of strength, beauty, and truth – a home and refuge for so many. ‘

Shelf Lyfe – https://www.instagram.com/p/CSyacVugRBF/?utm_medium=copy_link

I’d recommend The Silence of Scheherazade to fans of historical fiction, as it is an interesting and beautifully told story. (More from Shelf Lyfe)

NoBooksGiven – https://www.instagram.com/p/CSy5RxagYy1/

‘Suman’s writing is complex and beautiful’

Passports and Paperbacks – https://www.instagram.com/p/CSza_egLVm0/

‘Defne writes in such a beautiful, lyrical fashion that instantly draws me into the plot. Every sight, sound and smell is so easy to conjure in my mind which makes this book a dream to read. I adore the amount of detail that has been added to bring these characters to life – they’re all complex and whole, it’s hard not to believe that they existed!’

Mylittlebookhome – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS1NfnTLi6M/

Littleliterarylife – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS1Ac19gUVC/

‘Throughout the novel there is an underlying tension – as the reader you know what is coming, yet when the devastating tragedy arrives it’s written so powerfully that there are moments that genuinely take your breath away. But there are also real moments of beauty, like the epilogue which tied everything off perfectly for me.’

Jodie_reads_books – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS4wOHRAPyt/

Gee.booksandlife – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS4Huj1ABV9/

It explores so many important themes and really dives into the relationships and loyalty between the families. I’d recommend this if it intrigues you! ⠀

Wxrldwalker – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS47uFaLoLs/

 ‘this is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.’

‘There is something so unique about the way that history is told through the pages, that made this to be a very compelling read. During some chapters I had to stop and take a breath because there was so much beauty delivered only through a few words that blew my mind.’

Leyla’s Blog – https://leylasblog4.wordpress.com/2021/08/23/book-review-for-blog-tour-the-silence-of-scheherazade-by-defne-suman/ 

‘Suman is a wonderful storyteller and plot crafter.’

NikNakReads – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS6lxsMADJY/

‘I was gripped with curiosity about this cast of compelling characters and this story of grand scale, all set at the heart of the Ottoman empire. Suman tells this epic with languishing, exquisite, stark, tragic and careful details.

Books and Lovely Things – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS64t-JoLz_/

‘I was blown away by the lush atmospheric writing and the beautiful prose.’

Annies Book Thoughts – https://www.instagram.com/p/CS8kWAID0fh/ (

‘This is one of the most heartbreaking, poetic family sagas I’ve ever read.’

Wildflower Library – http://wildflowerlibrary.net/?ltclid=796abfef-08df-4349-a5dd-1af422eaf304

‘The Silence of Scheherazade is a wonderfully crafted and hard-hitting read that’s most definitely one to look out for for fans of historical fiction and the nature of storytelling. Highly recommended!’

E. F. Paterson – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTASsXtIdCH/

‘I must say that while I’ve not read the original text of this story, I think the translation of this book has been done brilliantly as you really can’t tell that it’s transitioned from another language. The prose and dialogue flow naturally…’

Livs Little Reads –  https://www.instagram.com/p/CTB4nbYLR8C/

‘The Silence of Scheherazade is a beautifully and poetically written novel.’

Sharon Choe Writes – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTCMmtpgxFm/

‘breathtaking in scope, style, & content.‘

Tilly Loves Books – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTChpYuIAuI/

‘this was a beautiful, sweeping novel which devastated me but also moved me’

Agirlandabook85 – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTBxFragld6/

‘it was immersive story telling at its finest.’

Lisa.Loves.Literature – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTEwaEDLYXd/

‘This is a beautiful but deeply moving account of one of history’s tragic moments. Sweeping, epic and thought-provoking; it is a book to be savoured.’

Twisted In Pages – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTHbGvxAM6W/

‘It is beautifully written, culturally rich and it has a gorgeous poetic writing style. The book has its own unique atmosphere which is evident from the very first page.’

Olivianess_books – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTH8I4qjo5d/

To.read.or.to.roam – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ8rvUrhhG/

‘I devoured this book and found myself utterly lost to the tantalising descriptions of the exotic surroundings.’

Inoirita – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTKVBx2hubE/ (

‘This novel is like an amalgamation of people from different cultures and the result is astoundingly beautiful.’

Pageturnersnook – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTMx7cAjEsB/

‘Breathtaking, historical, emotional, delicate, educational, engaging, dark and complex but beautifully written and just altogether a pure genius of a masterpiece and that’s just a few descriptive words I can give to you.’

Venusinbooks – https://www.instagram.com/p/CTPUMRcI-AA/

‘I got very emotional reading about such an important time in history that seems to be forgotten.’

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