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Yume no Shizuku, Ougon no Torikago  
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Beginning of 16th century, Alexandra was captured by slave traders in 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 one 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, who is 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 this agony, Alexandra promises herself that one day, she will free both of them from their bird cages. But Mateus is the Grand Vizier, a 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 and only heir.

Thus begins the story of a slave that becomes the story of one of the greatest empresses of all time, Alexandra, the woman who would one day be known as Roxolana, Empress of the Ottoman Empire.


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Associated Names
Drops of Dreams The Golden Birdcage
Drops of Dreams, The Golden Birdcage
Phượng hoàng trong lồng son
Yume no Shizuku, Kin no Torikago
Yume no Sizuku, Kin no Torikago

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11 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (139 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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don't listen to the review beneath mine...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aetherwyn
May 25th, 2017, 2:38am
ohhhhhhh my god, the comment below me... by rozzak? just go back to 4chan, the main character is LITERALLY A SLAVE WHO GETS RAPED DAILY AND HAS NO POWER and you somehow feel sorry for the sultan? the man who has an entire harem full of slaves he can rape whenever he feels like it, and extravagant wealth at his disposal? the man who rules an absolute monarchy where whatever whim takes him is law and he can kill as he pleases? the all-powerful sultan, who you somehow think is a victim because one of his slaves who fights for her life in every single chapter had sex with someone else ??

like, potential readers, please don't... listen to that review. the story is full of a nuanced plot and interesting, likable characters (even the sultan, though the fact that someone would think of him as a victim instead of the main character is just... incomprehensible to me, seriously, HOW). i would actually agree that the character the heroine "loves" is.... the least likable out of all the characters so far, and their romance seems more desperate than True Love. i'm kind of wondering if that was intentional, and if the heroine is going to fall in love with the sultan after all.

regardless, the story is... kind of hard to read sometimes, because it's intense, and stressful -- the court machinations are just distressing, because bad things happen regularly and will continue to happen regularly due to the nature of the beast. but seeing the main character's development from scared girl to someone to fear in her own respect is wonderful. it's a story about agency -- having none, and taking some where you can find it. which is why the previous comment is so, so, so unbelievably obtuse. the sultan, a victim? i can't get over it.

this story is great, if a bit intense. don't listen to that other review.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2017, 2:41am
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Heroine literally lives in a harem enclosed from men and still gets the most romantic attention in the entire series   
Rating: N/A
by Rozzak
June 22nd, 2016, 9:26pm
Seriously screw this female self-insert crap. You have your powerful king that gives great sex and buys you things, then you have your pure true love cuckboy on the side. It's like a trashy dime-store romance novel.

The author's portrayal of the mmf love triangle is preposterous, seeing as there's no reason to love one of the guys in the first place, other than the "first guy" factor. As the sultan is better in every respect, even his treatment of her.
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Yet she still has the audacity to get impregnated and cuckold the goddamn sultan of the OTTOMAN EMPIRE. He's given her more liberty and freedom than she'd find as a woman in the Western countries of that era, and she completely betrays him (with his childhood friend/aide of all people).

It makes me sick that people decide to empathize with the girl and other guy, rather than the sultan, who is doing a great job ruling the empire and isn't the least bit fascist or bigoted. He fucks really good and gives her food, clothing, and education. Taking her in good faith, not being informed that the man who gave her to him in the first place is carrying on with an affair, he is ecstatic after learning of her pregnancy. And she rewards him with a bastard
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I cannot stand Suleiman.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by deadxxxmoon
June 1st, 2016, 10:26am
I hate the sultan. It's as simple as that.
While his harem is living in a corrupted system where there are backstabbers, murderers and his children being killed and Hurrem targeted 24/7, Suleiman is too busy dallying off doing whatever the hell he wants. The idiot even said in the latest chapter 19 that it's their war too fight.

He doesn't deserve his concubines and he most definitely does not deserve Hurrem. I support Ibrahim/Hurrem.
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Loving this!   
Rating: N/A
by sakirol
December 11th, 2015, 12:15am
So far, it has the epic story-telling that we all love from Red River. The mangaka has improved characterization a lot in this series. Character reactions and development feels way smoother and makes this series very entertaining to read.
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I pick the wrong side of the triangle   
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by hangluu
July 9th, 2015, 5:32am
In a l9ve triangle, there is usually the right couple and the wrong couple. I have always picked the right one bc of my reading-way-too-much-romance power. My boats have always sailed. But this time, i think i picked the wrong side due to history. I know the history of this emperor, empress, and the grand (something), and i know how it actually happened and who will be w who (there were no love triangle in the actual story). And bc of that i pick the historically correct couple. Idk what the mangaka gonna do w the book and how she will incorperate the history, but so far, my ship is sinking and i dont like it :/. Bc if this bias, i had no feeling fir ibrahim, n kinda cringe when they got together.... anyway, so far so great (story wise)
Im now waiting for the series to complete before i continue to read it. If my ship is going to sink, i rather it sink all in one day...

... Last updated on August 24th, 2015, 6:44am
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Interesting enough   
Rating: N/A
by Akatsubaki
February 9th, 2015, 12:43pm
Why this mangaka loves to give long uncatchy titles to her works bigrazz That aside, I can see how the mangaka has been more mature in this series compare when she made Red River. It has better characterization, characters with their own good and bad side. Volume 1 is not very impressive, but after that I can see more of how these characters struggle, how she is trying to survive as a woman in a very cruel and competitive place such as harem but still showing her kindness (in a reasonable way). Hürrem is smart and brave (she fought back when bullied), which the mangaka was trying to do that too to Yuri (Red River) but IMHO failed, Yuri was depicted like a miracle girl who can do anything everything and love by all yet always needed to be saved, and unreasonably desirable to opposite sex. Hürrem doesn't have a beautiful face but she still manages to attract these men because she has enchanting voice. I like how male characters here are not-that-soon crazily infatuated with her after the first sight and then goes into I'm all over you mode. Well my guess, sooner or later, we will have to see these guys turn into Possesive lovers mode. But so far I like these characters and their interaction. Also, I would like to think there's subtle shounen ai here mixed in the love triangle between sultan, his concubine, and his most trusted servant. bigrazz
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Muhteşem Yüzyıl   
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by HoneyDippedLemons
November 14th, 2013, 3:53pm
Hello fangirls and fanboys of Alexandra and Suleyman, I'd like to recommend you all the turkish TV series Magnificent Century (Muhteşem Yüzyıl). It's different from the manga, and it sometimes doesn't follow history to the letter, but it's a very very interesting show, and I know for certain that it has a huge fanbase across Europe.
The manga is also great even though Suleyman is blond and beardless xD
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Rating: N/A
by Bonkling13
October 26th, 2012, 6:36am
As I started reading this I thought it was so out of league with Red River, but as the story progressed (it's only been 6 chapters) it may turn out to be something in the league of Red River.

For those who fell in love with Red River, try flirting with (reading) this one. Who knows, you might fall in love with it too.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pinky Poison
July 8th, 2012, 8:11am
It is a fiction of a real story. All the characters were the people in the past!
I really love how the story is going and I AM SO CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN NEEEEXT. I also gave this manga a 10 biggrin

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But I'm EXTREMELY HAPPY to know that she would end up with the emperor who was SUPER GOOD-LOOKING :D I hope he comes to love her soon! But I'm seriously wondering how Sasha will live in the Harem. Unlike in Anatolia where Yuri was the first and only concubine/wife, here she has to fight the other women in the harem for the king attention.. Looking forward for more updates!

Wish I knew this series earlier, I would help the scanlators to have faster updates cos I'm kinda good at photoshop since I can make good designs and stuffs. But unfortunately I have to go back to school in 2 days :/ So anybody who hasn't gone back to school yet or is still in their free time.. HELP THEM GUYS <3

However, this is for those who like Red River smile The two series have similarities! Read it since the other series is a masterpiece. I REALLY HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR THIS ONE <3 <3

... Last updated on July 8th, 2012, 8:15am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ChocoKun
June 11th, 2012, 5:40pm
Warning! Possible spoiler!

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I did a google on her and apparently in wiki SHE ENDED UP WITH THE CURRENT EMPEROR, this is extremely good news for me because rarely heroine end up with the long haired male, AND I JUST THINK EMPEROR IS SEXIER :P

This is gonna be AN EPIC manga I JUST KNOW IT biggrin
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