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Publication Date: September 2, 2014


Formats: eBook, Paperback

Pages: 400

Series: Rav Hisda’s Daughter

Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Fantasy

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Fantastic tales of demons and the Evil Eye, magical incantations, and powerful attractions abound in Enchantress, a novel that weaves together Talmudic lore, ancient Jewish magic, and a timeless love story set in fourth-century Babylonia.

One of the most powerful practitioners of these mysterious arts is Rav Hisda’s daughter, whose innate awareness allows her to possess the skills men lack. With her husband, Rava–whose arcane knowledge of the secret Torah enables him to create a “man” out of earth and to resurrect another rabbi from death–the two brave an evil sorceress, Ashmedai the Demon King, and even the Angel of Death in their quest to safeguard their people, even while putting their romance at risk.

The author of the acclaimed Rashi’s Daughters series and the award-winning Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Apprentice has conjured literary magic in the land where “abracadabra” originated. Based on five years of research and populated with characters from the Talmud, Enchantress brings a pivotal era of Jewish and Christian history to life from the perspective of a courageous and passionate woman.

Praise for Apprentice (Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Book I)

“A lushly detailed look into a fascinatingly unknown time and culture—a tale of Talmud, sorcery, and a most engaging heroine!” —Diana Gabaldon, author of the bestselling Outlander series

Anton, the author of the acclaimed “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy, has penned her best book to date. Using her extensive knowledge of the Talmud and other historical Jewish writings, she immersed herself in the tractates to uncover a marvelous heroine for this historical novel… Complex discussions of Jewish law and tradition as well as detailed description of the culture and customs of the times enhance truly wonderful storytelling. VERDICT This absorbing novel should be on everyone’s historical fiction reading list.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Fascinating reading await those who dive into the vividly depicted world of Babylonian Jewry … Anton succeeds brilliantly in drawing us into the formative period leading up to the Talmud … what we have is the work of a master craftswoman set upon repairing a major gap in Jewish literature —Philadelphia Jewish Voice

“Rav Hisda’s Daughter provides a wealth of historical detail about Jewish life in Babylon and Israel in the 3rd century CE. It depicts the daily life and coming of age of a prominent rabbi’s daughter rather than propelling its reader through a traditional arc of action with a crisis and resolution. Its interest lies in its portrayal of the sorcery, incantations, and women’s customs in this exotic, faraway period of time and place, sometimes against the backdrop of war.” —Historical Novel Society

Praise for the Rashi’s Daughters Trilogy

“Anton delivers a tour de force . . . [Readers] will fly through the pages and come away wishing for more.” –Library Journal (starred review)

“A compelling combination of drama, suspense, and romance.” –Lilith magazine

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About the Author03_Maggie Anton

Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California. Raised in a secular, socialist household, she reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement, and ritual observance. In 2006, Anton retired from being a clinical chemist in Kaiser Permanente’s Biochemical Genetics Laboratory to become a fulltime writer.

In the early 1990’s, Anton learned about a women’s Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She became intrigued with the idea that Rashi, one of the greatest Jewish scholars ever, had no sons, only three daughters. Slowly but surely, she began to research the family and the time in which they lived. Much was written about Rashi, but almost nothing of the daughters, except their names and the names of their husbands. Legend has it that Rashi’s daughters were learned in a time when women were traditionally forbidden to study the sacred texts. These forgotten women seemed ripe for rediscovery, and the idea of a trilogy of historical novels about them was born.

After the success of “Rashi’s Daughters” Anton started researching the lives of women in 4th-century Babylonia, where the Talmud was being created. Surprised by the prevalence of sorcery among rabbinic families, she wrote “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Bk 1 – Apprentice,” which was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award Fiction finalist and a Library Journal pick for Best Historical Fiction.

For more information please visit Maggie Anton’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Enchantress Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 6

Review at Unshelfish

Review at Book Drunkard

Tuesday, October 7

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Wednesday, October 8

Review at A Dream Within a Dream

Thursday, October 8

Guest Post at Bookish

Friday, October 9

Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 13

Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Tuesday, October 14

Review at leeanna.me

Spotlight & Giveaway at Words and Peace

Wednesday, October 15

Review at Based on a True Story

Thursday, October 16

Review at Mari Reads

Friday, October 17

Interview at Layered Pages

Tuesday, October 21

Review at History From A Woman’s Perspective

Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, October 22

Guest Post at History From A Woman’s Perspective

Thursday, October 23

Review at Layered Pages

Spotlight at A Book Geek

Friday, October 24

Review at Beth’s Book Reviews

Interview at Mina’s Bookshelf

Saturday, October 25

Review & Interview at A Cup of Tea & A Big Book

Monday, October 27

Review at TeacherWriter

Tuesday, October 28

Review at My Book Addiction and More

Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Wednesday, October 29

Review at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, October 30

Review at Book Nerd

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Book review and giveaway: Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion – I love France #117



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Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion



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Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion
Barbara Scott Emmett
Pentalpha Publishing Edinburgh/Triskele Books
Pub. Date: October 20, 2014
= today, on Arthur Rimbaud’s birthday!
ISBN: 978-0952884392

Pages: 435
Genre: literary fiction
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I am afraid the French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) may not be very well known from English speaking readers. He is one of the must read poets for all French students, well at least he was in my younger years. I even had to memorize one of his poems in grade school! He is a notorious representative of the decadent world of 19th century French artists: part of his creativity is closely connected to drugs and alcohol – absinthe was the big thing then.
So when Barbara Scott Emmet contacted me for a guest-post on France Book Tours on his birthday, I accepted with enthusiasm. She graciously offered me her novel on La chasse sirituelle, a possible missing manuscript by Rimbaud: I was thrilled! Her novel Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion, is a perfect Rimbaldian novel, with all the ingredients worthy of the man!
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Sunday Post #11 – 10/19/14

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