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Written in the Ashes Free read ç 108 ´ [Read] ➵ Written in the Ashes By K. Hollan Van Zandt – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 In the bloodPeach Pie A True Account of an Imaginative Life and Villa IncognitoAfter 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 a. 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 beWritten 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 who is taken from her homeland and sold as a slave to a prominent man in Alexandria Her intelligence and lovely singing voice set her apart and her new owner Alizar sends her on a uest for the Emerald Tablet which Alizar believed would be the key to uniting the empire I read Written in the Ashes in just a few sittings despite the massive size 500 pages and suffering from motion sickness on a road trip No way was I going to let a little naseua keep me from finishing this amazing novel The perfect mix of action adventure mysticism history and a strong female protagonist Van Zandt knocks it out of the park and written the uintessential historical fiction novel Highly recommendedImportant Note I feel that I would be remiss in mentioning that there is a pretty vivid rape scene in the beginning of the novel I don't feel that it took away from the book itself but I would hate for someone that has been a victim of sexual assault to be triggered by such a sceneThanks to Teddy from Virtual Author Book Tours K Hollan Van Zandt for the chance to read this amazing book

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Nd traditions Hannah embarks on a dangerous uest to unite the fractured pieces of the Emerald Tablet the last hope to save the pagans and create peaceOn 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 stak. 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 beloved causeThe fabric of Ashes is history the thread is a grand love story that keeps building in passion desire and some inevitable regret It made me think about true love versus life and living Can they meetAs a student of history and philosophy the book teaches the importance of Hypatia of Alexandria and the Great Library itself It was truly the Internet of antiuity Van Zandt’s exhaustive research and attention to detail make this pivotal moment in history leading to the Dark Ages come aliveAs a Jew the book and its central character Hannah takes on added importance as it taught me another lesson about what it means to be Jewish and why Israel must stay strong

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Written in the AshesIn the bloody clash between Christians and pagans in fifth century Alexandria a servant girl becomes the last hope for preserving peace Written in ePUB #9734 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 romanticalchemicalfeministspiritual epic eually captivating” Tom Robbins bestselling author of Tibetan. 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 Tarek is a young man still living in his father's house His father Alizar soon discovers HannahAlizar recognizes the beauty and talent in Hannah for her intelligence and singing voice He decides to give her the opportunity to buy back her freedom and sends her to the Library of Alexandria to get educated and is taken under the wings of Hypatia the library's headmistress and other's When Hypatia gives lectures she invites Hannah to sing and the audience is mesmerizedMeanwhile the Bishop Cyril vows to rid Alexandria of all he views as pagan including Jews and Hypatia Cyril does find a way to chase the Jews out and a great many are killed How far will he go Does he and his disciples have anything to do with the burning of the Great Library How will Hannah fair in all of this You must read Written In the Ashes to find out Yes this is a must read for all historical fiction lovers This is K Hollan Van Zandt's first book but you would never guess it It sung to me like the main character Hannah with beautiful prose gleaming characters and 5th century Alexandria Egypt being brought to life The words poured off the pages and as hard as I tried to savour each word I could not put Written In the Ashes down I cried at the end because I was so upset that the book ended Written In the Ashes is book one in what Van Zandt hopes to be a trilogy It has been optioned by Mark R Harris Academy Award Winning Producer Crash Gods Monsters for a TV mini series Van Zandt told me that one of the big publishers really loved the book but doesn't think that readers are interested in 5th century Alexandria Egypt and the burning of the Great Library I find that hard to believe and I hope you will help K Hollan Van Zandt I and others prove them wrong Written In the Ashes is in my top 5 books of all time I hope it will be yours as well