Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice

The Architect's ApprenticeThe Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Architecture’s Apprentice, the latest fiction novel by Elif Shafak, is story of a Jahan, who after arriving in Istanbul becomes the Sultan’s caretaker and trainer for a young white elephant, Chota. Through Chota, Jahan is able to befriend the princess and weaves wonderful tales for her about the elephant’s life. When war breaks out, Jahan and the Chota are sent to battle, as Jahan had told the elephant was breed to be a warrior. The two find much pleasure in assisting in the building of the bridge needed to cross the river and they gain the attention of the architect. After returning triumphant from war, Jahan becomes one of the architecture’s assistances.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. This was a beautifully crafted story, with touching characters. Jahan is a trusting obedient student whose love runs deep for his master, his princess and his elephant.

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