My historical fiction "For a breath in freedom" has been completed in 2020:

A young heir of a wealthy Sicilian family escapes punishment in 1392. Taking service with Serene Republic of Venice he faces a dangerous mission in Constantinople. His road leads to Edirne, the new capital of Ottoman power. Following the Sultan’s court to Ankara battlefield he is captured in slavery during the clash between Tamerlane and Sultan Bayazid I and led to Samarkand. The warlord entitles him a translator proving him with ancient manuscripts, sources of secret knowledge. There born a slave, his son Iskander trains to become best warrior in the dreadful Tamerlane horde.

 

The father and son escape, passes many lands on two continents, Asia and Europe to find a free country, without slavery, without wars. When Iskander steps in Republic of Ragusa and its capital Dubrovnik as a commander of an Ottoman’s squad he sees his dream comes true. One of the greatest traders by Seas rejects benefits from slaves' trading adopting in 1418 the first law in human history against it. But all just begins. The fight to change the world and men’s minds just starts.

Synopsis of the young adult fiction "THE PRINCE FROM SAGITTARIUS GALAXY":

A celestial Prince lived alone on his tiny planet at the end of Sagittarius Galaxy. In a search for his first friend, the young boy caught a passing comet and deluded by haze of star-dust, entered the Solar System.

Landing on the planet Earth he found himself on an unbelievably beautiful island. There, at the Valley of the Temples, the ancient Olympic Gods had been spending their summer vacations for millennia. Trying to meet the little god of friendships among them, The Prince from Sagittarius Galaxy started his first adventure on Earth in the first part of the book. The lonely starry boy faced challenges he had never experienced at other corners in the cosmos.

Coming back in the second part of the book, after many trips to other celestial spheres, the starry boy fell in a volcano's throat, sliding to Earth's heart to save the planet after discord between Olympic Gods caused great disaster.

The celestial boy followed a young teen company in the third part of the book, in hope to make a friend among them at least, and took part in their unusual experience in an ancient castle. Being under a spell, the building became the strangest place in human's world with mysterious inhabitants and secrets. Its possessor, the greatest Master of magic, had been trying to harness the nature's elements and cosmic' forces to become immortal as prescribed in a magical manuscript written and hidden long ago by the Olympic Gods.

In spite of finding successfully unexpected support and friends, The Prince had to depart for his endangered home, keeping secrets about planet Earth.

I have received a nice letter from my editor, the English author Catherine Green:

"Dear Borislava,

I much prefer the edited version of "Mysterious Heritage". It feels much more exciting, even though I have read the whole story in the past, now I found myself eager to know about the main characters simply from the very first few chapters, as though I was caught up in the mystery just like their son."

 

I read again and again the candid words about the book from the prominent Turkish author and translator Orhan Tuncay. They warmed my heart up:

1.      It is a love story of opposite sides and difficulties involved. It is the sad story of human beings and wars and ideologies.

2.      It is poetic. May be you, Borislava, are writing poems.

3.      It is historic, but not deeply involved with the historic events. This approach is better for me. Because detailed historic novels are very dangerous. They mix the truth with fiction. This story rather focuses on relations.

4.      It is objective. If I did not know that a Bulgarian writer had written it, I will be in difficulty on deciding the nationality of the writer. In addition, I am surprised to see that you know a lot about Turkey.

5.      It is against ideologies. I took a paragraph below. I believe that ideologies are for rules so that they become stronger:

“If there is a new war, I will consider retiring. My country won nothing from the whole butchery of the Balkan wars. The great powers imposed their will despite what thousands of soldiers did on the fronts. Many victims fell, and the ones who were lucky enough to remain alive are exhausted now. Ordinary people are always the greatest losers in every war.”

There is a saying in Turkish: “The grass is crushed while the elephants struggle above.”

6. The composition - time frame - your approach is preferred by various writers. There are some who write in more difficult time frame on purpose. In my opinion this is not a negative aspect of a novel and your event schedule is traceable.

Let me tie my opinions with my short verses:

This is the story of love

This is asking for hatred: “How?”

This is the story of humanity

This is the steel cold reality!

I wish you success!

ORHAN TUNCAY

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