Title: The Complete Princess Trilogy

Author: Jean Sasson

No. of pages: 1377 pages (paperback)

Year of publication: 2012

Publisher: Sasson Corporation

My rating: ★★★★

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The Princess Trilogy has been one of the most enjoyable, though controversial books I have ever read in my life. It has a similar take as the books written by Khaled Hosseini, which are The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, where the author brings up the question of human rights for multiple times throughout the series.

The first of the three books in the series describes the life affairs of Princess Sultana growing up in a royal household, her siblings and the progress of her love life with Kareem.

The second book, Princess Sultana’s Daughters, demonstrates Princess Sultana’s life post-marriage and the challenges of raising her own children, Abdullah, Maha, and Amani.

Princess Sultana’s Circle, which is substantially the last book of the series, focuses on the efforts of Princess Sultana in helping oppressed women who exist in her life.

Why You Should Read This Series

Ever since my friends brought the topic of women empowerment into discussion, I have been constantly trying to decipher the meaning behind this movement. However, my daily obligations has not allowed me to allocate ample time for enough research to reach a conclusion as to where I stand in this issue.

As months pass by, I was too caught up in my responsibilities and all I had of this issue are just snippets of information and opinions from various people. While I was just finishing the book entitled The Rules of Work, the opportunity for me to explore this issue arose when my esteemed fellow friend introduced this series to me. 

The author has presented various issues in a very orderly and clever fashion, encouraging you to think critically to relate each significant event to the main subject of discussion. Jean Sasson has captured my attention to the way she weaves and elaborates on each take-home message which she intends to deliver to her readers.

A good example of this is the storyline of her first book, Princess. The earlier parts of the first book which describes Princess Sultana’s childhood, questions the delicate issue of sibling rivalry. The author then proceeds with describing Princess Sultana’s adolescent years which opens doors to discussion regarding child brides.

The later parts of the first book then shone light on the issue of polygamy, through Princess Sultana’s description of married life. You’ll see a similar pattern with the subsequent books of the series, but to add to the anticipation to read this book, I leave you the benefit of the doubt.

One of the things that should be acknowledged when reading this series is that it is solely a personal life story, coming from the point of view of one person, described by another individual with a historical and narrative touch.

Therefore, I recommend you to discuss with accredited Islamic and theology scholars, instead of seeking Mr Google’s opinion, to obtain a more holistic view on the issues discussed in this thought-provoking series.

The Verdict

This book is a great choice for readers who are looking for a light read that challenges their accustomed sanctuary of intellect. It is truly an ingenious blend of history and narration put together.

I hope you will enjoy reading this extraordinary book as much as I did, and as a token of thought celebrating the theme of this series, I leave you a quote by the youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai,

“We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

Malala Yousafzai

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