Written In The Ashes

Written In The Ashes In the bloody clash between Christians and pagans in fifth century Alexandria a servant girl becomes the last hope for preserving peace in this evocative and thrilling tale a blend of history advent

  • Title: Written In The Ashes
  • Author: K. Hollan Van Zandt
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the bloody clash between Christians and pagans in fifth century Alexandria, a servant girl becomes the last hope for preserving peace in this evocative and thrilling tale a blend of history, adventure, religion, romance, and mysticism reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon Written in the Ashes is one of those rare novels that sets history afire, to bathe readers in the gIn the bloody clash between Christians and pagans in fifth century Alexandria, a servant girl becomes the last hope for preserving peace in this evocative and thrilling tale a blend of history, adventure, religion, romance, and mysticism reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon Written in the Ashes is one of those rare novels that sets history afire, to bathe readers in the glow of a greater, hotter truth Fans of The Mists of Avalon will find this romantic alchemical feminist spiritual epic equally captivating Tom Robbins, bestselling author of Tibetan Peach Pie A True Account of an Imaginative Life and Villa Incognito.After she is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai, Hannah is enslaved and taken to Alexandria, where she becomes the property of Alizar, an alchemist and pagan secretly working to preserve his culture Revered for her beautiful singing voice, the young slave is invited to perform at the city s Great Library, where she becomes friends with the revered mathematician and philosopher, Hypatia, as well as other pagans who curate its magnificent collections Determined to help them uphold pagan culture and traditions, Hannah embarks on a dangerous quest to unite the fractured pieces of the Emerald Tablet the last hope to save the pagans and create peace.On this odyssey that leads her to the lost oracles of Delfi and Amun Ra and to rediscovered ancient cities and rituals, Hannah will experience forbidden loves, painful betrayals, and poignant reunions But her efforts may be in vain Returning to Alexandria, Hannah finds a city engulfed in violence, even as her own romantic entanglements come to a head Now, it s not only her future, but the fate of all Alexandria that is at stake.

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    1. Written In the Ashes takes place in the 5th century after the Roman Empire collapses, in Alexandria Egypt. It opens with teenager, Hannah, a shepherd girl roaming the desert with her father in search of a new place to live that has water for their sheep and themselves to live. One night Hannah sleeps close to the sheep to keep an eye on them but she is awakened by men who kidnap her and rape her. They bring her to Alexandria and auction her off as a slave to the highest bidder, Tarek. However, T [...]

    2. I finished this book a few days ago and I wanted it to settle before I wrote my review. The novel, by the author's admission is part history, part imagination and part magic. Going back so far in time leaves an author with little written record to rely on for fact. The burning of the Great Library at Alexandria was a monumental loss to humanity. The facts of the matter aside, this novel was truly arresting and I had a hard time putting it down to get anything done.Ancient history fascinates me. [...]

    3. BEFORE READING:This book is currently available for $2.29 in Kindle format at . At this price and having checked the sample, I figured why not try it. Hypatia and the Alexandria library - the subject matter is interesting. ***********************ON COMPLETION:I have the hardest time writing reviews for those books that neither anger me because they are so terrible nor excite me because they are so wonderful. This is such a book. I wanted to learn more about the life of Hypatia, the famed woman a [...]

    4. After seeing the rave reviews of Written in the Ashes from my blogger peeps I knew I had to read it, and when Teddy emailed me with the chance to review it for Kaia's Blog Tour I immediately signed up! And boy am I glad that I did! It's just as intriguing and un-put-down-able as I hoped it would be!Written in the Ashes brings us back to 5th century BC, to Alexandria and the events leading up to the burning of the Library at Alexandria. The story is told through the eyes of Hannah, a young girl w [...]

    5. Oh where to begin with this book? Where to begin? There were so many things that I loved in this book. First, one of the main stars of the show is the Great Library of Alexandria. As a voracious reader with a love for history, I've always felt a little sad when I think about the Great Library burning. While it may seem silly to still be upset about things that happened hundreds and hundreds of years ago, just think of all that information that was lost when that library burned. Think of everythi [...]

    6. "Save your hate for someone who deserves it."This and other beautiful quotes fill the pages of Written in the Ashes :)Written is the Ashes was at first refreshing because this is the first non-YA book I've read in weeks, which is highly unusual. It's also a historical novel, which I don't read very often.Every once in a while, a book comes along that restores my faith in indie/small pub books. I read indies to discover books like this - brilliant, unique, original and well-written reads - gems t [...]

    7. K. Hollan Van Zandt’s debut novel about the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria is a fantastic page-turner. Anyone who starts this will be riveted from page one to the end. I am a lover of epics, and this filled me with its wonderful, grand sweep of history, tantalizing detail and compelling characters making me feel like I was there. This is also an action-adventure with an epic scale complete with terrifying, high-stakes battles between nation states, rulers, and those devoted to a be [...]

    8. There wasn't anything wrong it with this, but it just failed to capture my attention and I felt like I was just plodding along more out of determination then enjoyment.

    9. In K. Van Zandt’s Written in the Ashes, we follow young shepherd girl Hannah across the desert of Sinai, to the great city of Alexandria, through Egypt and to Greece in her initiation into womanhood and quest for the preservation of the works at the Great Library of Alexandria. An advocate for ancient cultures and a brilliant storyteller, Van Zandt passionately executes this heroine’s journey with rich humor, deep compassion, sexual vibrancy, and an acute respect for knowledge. In this tim [...]

    10. While this book initially started out a little bit slow for me, it quickly picked up and I became instantly attached to the characters and the events that transpired. The characters were wonderfully written and I LOVED Hypatia. I had a vision of her in my head from the film Agora staring Rachel Weisz and I think my biggest issue was that I couldn’t match the Hypatia in the book with the one in the movie. But as far as looks go, that is my least concern. For someone who we don’t really know a [...]

    11. Let me first make a confession. I joined this book review tour because the description for Written in the Ashes sounded intriguing. What might our world be like today if the Great Library of Alexandria hadn’t burned?Once I received my copy, I put it on my Kindle, but didn’t start reading it until about two weeks ago. Now I regret waiting so long to begin this book. From the very first paragraph, no, the first sentence, I was in love with Van Zandt’s prose and her mastery of historical fict [...]

    12. The Library at Alexandria has always facinated me. What if it had not disappeared? What history of the ancient world might we know?This book is a very interesting novel which looks at one scenario for the destruction of this famed library. As the author notes in the epilogue "It is most important to recognize that this novel in your hands is a synthesis of legend, history and imagination." Since so much of the actual history of this time was lost by the destruction of this famed library, I think [...]

    13. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Once in a very long while, there comes along a book that you wonder how you ever lived without it before. One that you have read, and your mind wanders back to on occasion. There are a few books like that for meThe Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. The Firebrand inspired my love for all things in Greek mythology, and A Wrinkle In Time is actually the book that inspired by first major in c [...]

    14. A compelling, ambitious work of historical fiction set around the time of the burning of Alexandria’s magnificent library. I like big books and I cannot lie.Let me begin by saying how daunting it is to review a work of quite epic proportions (and this is only book 1!). Once upon a time, I did entertain dreams of being an Egyptologist, thanks to Henry Jones Jr but I claim no formal qualifications—just a fascination with history in general because it has been said that ‘the past is never dea [...]

    15. Way back in the Dark Ages when I was a teenager, I fell in love with history and, in particular, with the ancient lands of Egypt, Greece, Italy, Britain, etc. I seriously considered going into archaeology as a career but, fortunately, I figured out early on that I’m a couch potato at heart and really not cut out for all that sweat and hard work. Despite that setback, I’ve never lost my love for those places and their stories.Then, in 1989, I had the great good fortune to go with my younger d [...]

    16. This is the first time I have ever read a book that takes place during the 400's, and it was definitely a well-written, well-researched book. I was impressed with the scholarship and research that was displayed in the book, and I came to love a good share of the characters. The story had a plethora of dramatic components, and very often I found myself either drawn in or repulsed. And I loved the strength of the women in these books--unusual for this time period, or so I thought!I was quite impre [...]

    17. I was on the fence about accepting WRITTEN IN THE ASHES until I read Michelle Moran’s blurb for it. Sold! I’ve loved everything I’ve read of Moran’s so if she’s saying this is a good one, I need no further enticement. I guess blurbs do work! Usually I don’t care who says what about what, but in this case one of my favorite authors helped me decide.Overall it’s a beautiful story. The ancient world VanZandt pulled directly from the past is its own character; exactly how I like it. It [...]

    18. A dramatic, plot-filled historical set in Alexandria Egypt in the 4th century, this novel follows Hannah, a Jewish goat herder who is kidnapped and sold as a slave in Alexandria. She's purchased on a whim but finds herself in the home of a vintner and alchemist who is friends with the infamous Hypatia, celebrated thinker and scholar. In this household, she's educated and encouraged to use her magnificent singing voice to become a bard of sorts, and it is her connection with Hypatia and the Libra [...]

    19. Alexandria, Egypt is a city of unrest and divided loyalties after the fall of the Roman empire. The rise of Christianity has made pagan rituals punishable by death and many Alexandrian citizens are caught between the rising tide of violence. Hannah is a Jewish shepherd girl when she is abducted and sold as a slave in this city filled with tension. She is bought by Alizar, a chemist and vintner, and she quickly rises to fame as her beautiful singing voice becomes very sought after and she becomes [...]

    20. Review originally published at my blog: AWordsWortheBook provided by author for review.Hannah is a Jewish shepherdess, roaming the wilds of Sinai with her father, until her world is shattered by slave traders one night. Sold to a prestigious - and merciful - family in Alexandria, Hannah struggles to regain interest and enthusiasm for life, bearing scars on her body and her heart. As time begins to heal her wounds, Hannah finds her new life to be one of surprises. From private tutoring in the Lib [...]

    21. To all the pagans out there, here is a book for you! Written in the Ashes does not over play the pagan side of the story or down play it. To the history buffs, this is a book for you! The author spent ten years or more digging around doing the research for this book and it shows! To all of the Rome fans out there, this is a book for you! Only better, in my humble opinion, for the shear fact that nothing was over the top drama but rather just right. Things unfold in the story line much the way li [...]

    22. Written in the Ashes by K. Hollan VanZandt is a historical fiction account inspired by true events. The story follows Hannah, a girl kidnapped and sold into slavery. Her journey takes her into the city of Alexandria where she meets some extraordinary people. Hannah has a beautiful voice and a thirst for knowledge. She meets Hypatia who is the keeper of the great library in Alexandria. Hypatia offers her a place at the library, but Hannah's life leads her into another direction first. This book h [...]

    23. Summary: Hannah, a Jewish slave with a beautiful voice, finds herself in Alexandria at a tumultuous time. As Rome falls, religious and political turmoil threaten Egypt and the supporters of the Great Library, including Hypatia, the great female philosopher and mathematician.Thoughts: To a librarian, the Great Library of Alexandria is what Verrocchio’s Florence workshop is to a painter or Shakespeare’s Globe Theater is to an actor — a time and place when the profession reached a height that [...]

    24. A beautiful historical fiction, this book will stay with you long after it’s over.This is really historical fiction at its best. The writing is lush with details, leading the reader into a time that is not as well known, perhaps, as the usual Victorian or even Renaissance periods. There is an epic feel to the story which bodes well for having a sequel, or even a few books to follow it. There is enough action to keep most readers interested, even amidst the beautiful and rich descriptions, so d [...]

    25. Fans of historical fiction take note: you are going to want to head to your closest book store, amazon or wherever you get your books and pick this one up! Why, you ask? Here's why: Set in Alexandria and the story is intricately woven together with the workings of the Great Library of Alexandria. Strong, beautiful female protagonist. Quests Action Nasty bad guys Hot male protagonists. Romance, Love and Passion The little angel - who was in my heart from the very beginning.I have only one bad thi [...]

    26. I really wish I didn't have to say bad things about this story. I can see the writer has labored long and hard to say it all just so. And there are crisp metaphors (silver leaves like minnows, the shifting city life like a pendulum swing) and dramatic scenes but GAH, the info-dump. Pages and pages of the Alexandrine Library, of the Christian conflict, of scientific discoveries. You remember when you had to read something at school and you'd ask, "Why do I need to know this? How will this ever he [...]

    27. Wonderful descriptions that made me feel like I was there in Egypt seeing and experiencing the life back then. For a first novel, it read beautifully and flowed well. I enjoyed the main heroine who despite becoming a slave after being captured and raped by men while she was watching her goats still remained beautiful, was intelligent, gifted with a voice, and of course noticed by others. She’s inspiring with her victory over her struggles. This is a novel packed with ancient history, religious [...]

    28. I've always been fascinated by this time in history. If I could choose to visit any time or place, I would go to Alexandria to a time before the library burned. This story paints a very vivid picture of the events leading up to the disaster. I became so involved in the story, the sights, the sounds, that I would become startled by my surroundings when I looked up from the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    29. I finished the book, really, in no timeuld not put it down. It was beautifully written and the detail was wonderful. I didn't know much about ancient Alexandria, and became so interested that I searched the internet for more details. The book is definitely worth reading, and I can't wait for number 2.

    30. This is such a great book, it's one of those that you just don't want to put down. I really enjoyed the characters in this book and the ancient world of Alexandra. I found this book to be quiet believable.

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