The Oracle

The Oracle of Stamboul is a historical novel about a preternaturally intelligent little girl who becomes an advisor to the Ottoman sultan and, through her advice to him, changes the course of history. It is the story of an eight year-old orphan who pushes back against the tides of history and changes their direction. Influenced by Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, Italo Calvino, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Oracle of Stamboul is an evocative, magical historical novel that will transport readers to another time and place…romantic, exotic, yet remarkably similar to our own.

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“An enchanting, gorgeous read…Lukas captures the scents and sounds, the vivid beauty, the subtle intrigue and simultaneous naivety, of the Ottoman Empire unaware of its imminent demise.” –Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men are Gone

“A stunning debut…Lukas has managed to create an instant classic that feels as if it should be retroactively slipped into the great libraries of the old world.” –Reif Larsen, author of The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

“This first novel by a promising young writer is both vivid historical fiction and a haunting fable.” –Library Journal

”The exotic sights and sounds of nineteenth-century Turkey spring vividly to life in Lukas’ promising debut.” –Booklist (starred review)

“A magical debut.” –Good Housekeeping

“Michael David Lukas charms in his debut.” –Vanity Fair

“Beguiling…Lukas veers from the tried-and-true, making The Oracle of Stamboul a novel that offers delightful surprises.” –Jane Ciabattari, Los Angeles Times

“Lukas brings a raconteur’s sense of storytelling, a traveler’s eye for color and a scholar’s sense of history to his first novel. … a Turkish delight.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“A gem of a first novel…an appealing blend of magical and historical realism…a polished literary work that will appeal to a wide readership.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A beautifully written debut…Political intrigue, historical upheaval and Eastern mysticism come together in surprising ways as Lukas brings the book to a poignant conclusion tinged with magical realism.”—Mercury News

“An enchanting literary debut…A charming tale of passion and intrigue…that could be read in one sitting, spine-tingling descriptions will transport readers to another place and time.” –Today’s Zaman