Angels at the Gate is a story of adventure and the power of love, a compelling saga based on historical research about the ancient biblical world of Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the woman who "became a pillar of salt."
“If the path of obedience is the path of wisdom, it is one not well worn by my feet. I am Adira, daughter of the caravan, daughter of the wind, and daughter of the famed merchant, Zakiti. That I am his daughter, not his son, is a secret between my father and myself.”
Secretly raised as a boy in her father's caravan and schooled in languages and the fine art of negotiation, Adira rejects the looming changes of womanhood that threaten her nomadic life and independence. With the arrival of two mysterious Northmen, rumored to be holy men, Adira's world unravels. She loses everything she values most, including the "Angel" who has awakened her desires. Caught between her culture and freedom, and tormented by impossible love, she abandons all she has known in a dangerous quest to follow the "Angels." With only her beloved dog, Nami, at her side, Adira must use all the skills she learned from her father to survive the perils of the desert, Sodom, and her own heart.
|Publisher:||Cappuccino Books Publishing|
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About the Author
Her father encouraged self-reliance in Thorne "and to question everything," a theme she pursued in her award-winning novel, Angels at the Gate.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been in quite a slump lately with trying to find a historical fiction novel that will hold my interest and bring to life a world that you can only dream or read about. Well, T.K. Thorne delivered!! Angels at the Gate is one of the best books I've read this year! It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. T.K. brings to life the biblical world of Abraham and Lot, and a character in the Bible that all we knew about was that she was Lot's wife and while escaping Sodom she looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. Adira is a fifteen year old girl disguised as a boy so she can stay with her widowed father Zakiti who is a famed merchant. Adira is wildly independent and highly educated, being raised as a boy has shown her all the freedom men have and all the struggles and lack of freedom that women have. With the arrival of two mysterious Northmen who are rumored to be holy men, her whole world unravels. Her father wants her to live with Abraham and his wife Sarai and become the woman that she really is. She balks at this idea, she wants to stay with her father and travel with his caravan, her father decides to let her stay one more year with him. During this time she falls in love with one of the holy men and wants to tell him that she is a woman not a boy, but before she can tell him tragedy strikes. She experiences great loss and many trials that push her to the breaking point. With only the help of her loyal dog Nami she embarks on journey to find the man she loves. This novel has everything a reader could want: love, loss, adventure and plenty of drama!
TK Thorne delivers yet another superbly written historical page turner. Could not put the book down. Congratulations!
Noah’s Wife (2009) and Angels at the Gate (2015) Review by Sharon Cook, 9-6-18 Other than issues of barrenness and servitude, women are rarely described in the Bible, certainly not as multi-dimensional characters with thoughts of their own and curiosity. But, surely, we know they were there with feminine wisdom and personality. It is gratifying to have these women of the Bible illuminated in TK Thorne’s stories, Noah’s Wife and Angels at the Gate. Though the stories are fictionalized, surely some of the true character and feminine impact come thru. We know this because of the considerable research Ms. Thorne puts into her novels. Mrs. Thorne leads the reader into the multidimensional world of Bible times with details of people who seem life-like and displaying the culture and ways of the times. This includes descriptions of the limited choices, hardships and brutality shown to women in these times. Both books are fast-moving. The heroines, Na’amah (Noah’s Wife) and Adira (Angels at the Gate) capture the reader quickly with their curiosity and adventuresome-ness, unlikely traits of most women described in these ancient Biblical times. They spark the possibility or how the evolution of a more vibrant femininity might have developed over the millennium. Ms. Thorne is to be commended for crossing boundaries in writing about women of the Bible as real people in a way that few authors do. She is imaginative and yet maintains cultural integrity. I find both books immensely readable, imaginative, entertaining and educational; certainly, progressive in promoting women as multi-dimensional characters in our very ancient history.
Adira—daughter of Zakiti, a caravan chief relative of Abram—is fifteen years old and all her life she has posed as a boy in front of her people based on a promise her father made to Adira’s dying mother. Already on the brink of womanhood, her way of life seems in jeopardy because Sarai, Abram’s wife, who knows their secret, wants to arrange a suitable marriage for Adira with Zakiti’s consent. Meanwhile, three giant strangers have joined the caravan. It is rumored they are El’s angels who bring tidings for Abram and Sarai. Adira falls in love with one of the strangers, but when desert people kill her father and kidnap her beloved, she will leave the safety she knows to avenge her father and rescue El’s angel. In her quest, she will cross the desert and will arrive at the very gates of Babylon. Little does she know that through twists of fate she will end up becoming Lot’s wife and the famous pillar of salt on her escape from the burning city of Sodom. The trouble I initially had with Angels at the Gate seemed to stem from a marketing mistake, in my opinion. It was billed as "if you liked The Red Tent you will like Angels at the Gate". You know how in families there are two beautiful siblings but one seems to garner all the attention while the other suffers in comparison? It is that way with The Red Tent and Angels at the Gate. I loved The Red Tent; I discovered with it the profound mystery of femininity, something most women take for granted. That was the greatest accomplishment of Anita Diamant. Angels at the Gate is absorbing, a page-turner. It reads like an ancient text and benefits from a rich and complex biblical tableau, but the similarities with The Red Tent end there. Angels at the Gate is its own story. It starts with the story of Adira passing off as a young boy traveling with her father's caravan through the edge of the known ancient world, and ends up becoming a tale of tenacity and unspeakable tragedy. The fact that things didn't get necessarily better after she got married anchors the story in a reality that I can easily understand. The Red Tent can be classified as historical fiction or alternative history, but Angels at the Gate is more of a fictional novel developed over a rich historical setting that works very well. What I learned: the cult of El didn't turn monotheistic from the beginning. Throughout the ancient world the goddess was venerated in several forms, under different names, such as Asherah, consort of the god Baal, as known in Canaan, and Ishtar, as she was known in Babylonia. What bothered me to no end: the depiction of Mika-el the archangel as a healer and of Raph-el as a warrior when it is the opposite; once I learned to ignore that, I could enjoy my reading experience. In summary, Angels at the Gate deserves the status of bestseller as The Red Tent. It is a minor sibling but it should be recognized on its own merits. DISCLAIMER: I received from the marketing team a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.