Welcome to today’s spotlight on Written in the Ashes by K. Hollan Van Zandt which is touring with Premier Virtual Author Book Tours this month. My apologies to the author as I was to have a review posted today but was hit instead with one horrible migraine. Please watch for my review later this month. This book really sounds good and I do love my historical fiction so this is just the kind of book I like to escape into once in a while. Written In the Ashes has even been optioned by Mark R. Harris, Academy Award-Winning Producer (Crash, Gods & Monsters) for a TV mini series! So until I can have my review for you all I’m going to tell you about the book, the author, and offer up a copy of the eBook for a giveaway.
About Written in the Ashes
Who burned the Great Library of Alexandria?
When the Roman Empire collapses in the 5th century, the city of Alexandria, Egypt is plagued with unrest. Paganism is declared punishable by death and the populace splinters in religious upheaval.
Hannah, a beautiful Jewish shepherd girl is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai and sold as a slave in Alexandria to Alizar, an alchemist and successful vintner. Her rapturous singing voice destines her to become the most celebrated bard in the Great Library.
Meanwhile, the city’s bishop, Cyril, rises in power as his priests roam the streets persecuting the pagans. But while most citizens submit, a small resistance fights for justice.
Hypatia, the library’s charismatic headmistress, summons her allies to protect the world’s knowledge from the escalating violence. Risking his life, his family, and his hard-earned fortune, Alizar leads the conspiracy by secretly copying the library’s treasured manuscripts and smuggling them to safety.
When Hannah becomes the bishop’s target, she is sequestered across the harbor in the Temple of Isis. But an ancient ceremonial rite between a monk and priestess inside the Pharos lighthouse ignites a forbidden passion.
Torn between the men she loves, Hannah must undertake a quest to the lost oracles of Delfi and Amun-Ra to find the one thing powerful enough to protect the pagans: The Emerald Tablet.
Meanwhile, the Christians siege the city, exile the Jews, and fight the dwindling pagan resistance as the Great Library crumbles.
But not everything is lost. . .
About K. Hollan Van Zandt
K. Hollan Van Zandt has always loved libraries, oceans, ancient history and migrating birds. Her mentor, novelist Tom Robbins, instilled in her an abiding love and respect for language.She lives in Southern California, and dreams of a home in Greece. This, her first novel, took ten years to complete.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (eBook only)
I have one eBook copy only of Written in the Ashes by K. Hollan Van Zandt up for grabs to my readers. To enter just leave me a comment. This giveaway is open to everyone that has access to reading eBooks and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, September 22/12. Good luck!