The Architect’s Apprentice

by Elif Shafak

Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for theSultan.

  • Kindle Edition
  • Pages: 449 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.91 out of 5
  • Published November 6th 2014 by Penguin
  • Original Title: Ustam ve Ben
  • ASIN: B00KRSTW40
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize Nominee (2015)
  • Walter Scott Prize Nominee (2015)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2015)

Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no worldly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare white elephant destined for the palace menagerie. So begins an epic adventure that will see young Jahan rise from lowly origins to the highest ranks of the Sultan’s court. Along the way he will meet deceitful courtiers and false friends, gypsies, animal tamers, and the beautiful, mischievous Princess Mihrimah. He will journey on Chota’s back to the furthest corners of the Sultan’s kingdom and back again. And one day he will catch the eye of the royal architect, Sinan, a chance encounter destined to change Jahan’s fortunes forever.Filled with all the colour of the Ottoman Empire, when Istanbul was the teeming centre of civilisation, The Architect’s Apprentice is a magical, sweeping tale of one boy and his elephant caught up in a world of wonder and danger.