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Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda's Daughter (Rav Hisda's… (edició 2014)

de Maggie Anton (Autor)

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"The most powerful practitioner 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: Book I, 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."--… (més)
Membre:jaggedhorizon
Títol:Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda's Daughter (Rav Hisda's Daughter Series)
Autors:Maggie Anton (Autor)
Informació:Plume (2014), 400 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
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Etiquetes:pandemic reading, historical fiction, Babylonia, Talmud, ancient history, women's stories, magic

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Enchantress de Maggie Anton

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Hisdadukh, daughter of respected rabbi Rav Hisda in late third century Babylonia, is learned, beautiful, passionate, and an aspiring sorceress of great talent. A young widow who has had to give her son over to his father's family to raise, she leaves her home in Sura to apprentice with Em the Healer in Pumbedita. In Em's house, she is living under the same roof with another rabbi, Rava, a firend and rival of her late husband, and a man with whom she shares both deep attraction, and shared conflicts and misunderstandings.

This is the starting point from which Hisdadukh and Rava spend the next six decades learning, loving, and growing together, as she becomes mistress of a now-lost tradition of Jewish women's magic, and he studies the Torah, priestly magic, and the secret Torah, and becomes a leading light in the growing tradition of the Talmud and rabbinic law. Set in Babylonia, a.k.a. Persia, or the country we now call Iran, it's a different look at the third and fourth centuries than most of us have learned, east and south of the Roman Empire, in a culture where the dominant religion is neither the Roman or Greek gods, nor Christianity, but Zorastrianism.

Anton does a marvelous job developing this alien culture and forgotten history, as well as the personalities and lives of her characters. Though we inevitably know some better than others, and like some better than others, they all feel real, complex individuals with their own strengths, weaknesses, and inconsistencies. No caricatures or cardboard stock figures here. The important characters and many episodes and uses of magic are drawn from the Talmud, woven together in a beautiful tapestry.

Aramaic words and terminology are used as needed. In most cases, the meaning is reasonably clear from context, but there's a glossary at the back of the book for anything the reader stumbles over.

I found this wholly compelling and fascinating. Highly recommended.

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Penguin's First to Read program. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
The second volume of Rav Hisda's daughter follows Hisdadukh's second marriage and her development as an enchantress, curbing demons and bad luck on behalf of her clients. Manipulating demons does have it's price however and her marriage is threatened at several points. While her sorcery grows, her husband Rava becomes a leading rabbi whose teachings lead to the Rabbinical Judaism that survived the Christianization of the former Roman Empire. Fascinating both as a novel and as a history lesson.
  ritaer | May 18, 2017 |
ARC from Peguin First to Read program. ( )
  ellenuw | Jan 27, 2016 |
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This book is dense with ancient Jewish law, but like the first in the series, Apprentice, the characters and plot draw the reader in. It is a fascinating tale of a little known historical period with a touch of magic added. Highly recommended; I'm looking forward to the next book. ( )
  MmeRose | Nov 29, 2014 |
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I won this book from LibraryThings Early Reviewers contest.

I finished the novel almost a month ago but could not find the words to describe how I felt about the novel.

It is a fascinating look into a historical period that is not widely known about.

This novel is the second in the story of a Jewish 'enchantress' in ancient 4th century Babylonia. The historical detail is rich and vivid showing the care and research Maggie Anton undertook to get everything right. The reader, in great detail, learns of the accepted practice of sorcery, enchantments, magic (both good and bad)as well as everyday life for a respected Rabbi's daughter.

We are also exposed to the ancient Jewish laws behind the Talmud, Mishnas and the Torah. It is around these sections that a reader can become confused but I found they enhanced the story line, vividly recreating for the reader the atmosphere of the time.

The overall plot and story line was well written and conveyed. I was not truly a fan of Hisdadukh or her husband Rava. I found them both tiresome at times, with Hisdadukh coming off as manipulative and needy.

This novel was a great 'learning' experience for me as I wound up Googling information on this period and the historical lives of Jews at the time. ( )
  NancyNo5 | Nov 9, 2014 |
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"The most powerful practitioner 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: Book I, 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."--

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