Beginning of 16th century, Alexandra was captured by slave traders from Ukraine during one of their many raids. When the traders arrived in Greece to sell the female slaves, a young handsome man named Mateus bought her and promised to give her true freedom. He hired countless teachers, scholars, and palace ladies to train her into the most perfect woman of her time. Mateus’s kindness has caused Alexandra to deeply fall in love with him, and she secretly wishes to be his concubine. But cruel fate! Mateus has already promised her to his best friend... Suleiman the Great, Emperor of the Ottoman Empire! Mateus promised Alexandra of true freedom, but where is freedom when she is in another man’s harem and can only look at the one she loves from afar? Not willing to endure agony, Alexandra promises herself that one day, she will free both of them from their bird cages... but Mateus is the Grand Vizier, power only second to the Emperor himself. So Alexandra must become the most influential concubine in order to have any hope... which also means, bearing Suleiman’s son. However, Suleiman already has a son by another concubine, and this woman is determined to keep her son as the only prince.
Hence begins the story of a slave to an empress of the greatest empire of all time – Alexandra, the woman who would one day be known as Roxelana, Empress of the Ottoman Empire.
I enjoyed this manga a lot even though I only read e few chapters of it. I read a lot of this mangaka's works and I enjoyed most of them and while I was looking for another one I stumbled on this one. After I read the summary I really had no idea what to expect, if it's good or bad or even if it's worth giving it a try. After reading some chapters I can sincerely say that it was a lot better than what i had expected at first.
What surprised me much more than any other manga did was the story. Even so
it was a pleasant surprise. My opinion is that the best part of the series is the story. I mean who haven't heard about the famous sultan Suleiman who once ruled over the Ottoman Empire and had a concubine named Hurrem (at first her name was Alexandra) who later became the empress. Even so this manga doesn't follow the original plot (that I think most of us know) exactly as they add new situations for the characters. As I read only the first chapters of the manga I can't say exactly if it will continue like this or if it will develop even more.
I don't have much to say about the art because whether or not you like it is at you own choice. There are people who like this kind of art and there are people who hate it. Personally I really enjoyed it because I love this mangaka's works and I read a lot of them. It is kind of ,,old'' but even so the characters are drawn really carefully and I think that some of the females are beautiful and some of the males are handsome.
The characters are really unique, everyone has its story and past. The female lead Alexandra is a girl raised in a small village between two small kingdoms. She was captured for the purpose to be sold and while she was trying to run away she mets a charming dark haired man who she immediately becomes interested in. After talking with him, the man takes her back. She was at the market waiting to be sold when surprinsingly the man who bought her is the same dark haired man from that night when she tried to escape. He took her and gave her teachers who taught her all kind of different things. She was hoping that she would stay by his side forever so imagine how shocked she was when she was told that she will the concubine's sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Even so she accepted her fate easily. She soon learns the ways of the harem and began to make her own road to survive. She annoyed me a little because she liked both the sultan and her savior. She matured during the series and began to become more strong. She isn't weak, forgetful, careless and also she isn't the type to mess around with. She is quite smart and really enjoys studying. About the males I didn't really made an opinion. The sultan is ambitious, strong and has the spirit and charisma of a ruler.
As I said before, at first I was reluctant about this manga but it was a really good adaptation of the life of the sultan Suleiman and his concubine Hurrem. I enjoyed almost everything about it and I think others will feel the same about it. I didn't find many flaws. I really want to end reading it and I recommend this manga to anyone who likes historical and romance stories.