Priestess of Ishana

Priestess of Ishana

by Judith Starkston

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A curse, a conspiracy and the clash of kingdoms. A defiant priestess confronts her foes, armed only with ingenuity and forbidden magic.

A malignant curse from the Underworld threatens Tesha's city with fiery devastation. The young priestess of Ishana, goddess of love and war, must overcome this demonic darkness. Charred remains of an enemy of the Hitolian Empire reveal both treason and evil magic. Into this crisis, King Hattu, the younger brother of the Great King, arrives to make offerings to the goddess Ishana, but he conceals his true mission in the city. As a connection sparks between King Hattu and Tesha, the Grand Votary accuses Hattu of murderous sorcery and jails him under penalty of death. Isolated in prison, Hattu's only hope lies in Tesha to uncover the conspiracy against him. Unfortunately, the Grand Votary is Tesha's father, a rash, unyielding man, and now her worst enemy. To help Hattu, she must risk destroying her own father.

Step into this exotic world of historical fantasy, with its richly imagined details of the Bronze Age, evocative of the Near East. In a whirlpool of magic, politics, family crisis and love, Tesha pursues justice over the dark forces arrayed against her.

"Priestess of Ishana evokes everything I love about historically-inspired fantasy with a strong and savvy heroine, a compassionate hero, and a world both blessed and cursed by the oversight of gods. Mystery, romance, action: this has it all."

-Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161694053
Publisher: Bronze Age Books
Publication date: 11/24/2018
Series: Tesha Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,219,467
File size: 711 KB

About the Author

Judith Starkston has spent too much time reading about and exploring the remains of the ancient worlds of the Greeks and Hittites. Early on she went so far as to get two degrees in Classics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cornell. She loves myths and telling stories. This has gradually gotten more and more out of hand. Her solution: to write fantasy set in the exotic worlds of the past. Fantasy and Magic in a Bronze Age World. Hand of Fire was a semi-finalist for the M.M. Bennett’s Award for Historical Fiction. Priestess of Ishana won the San Diego State University Conference Choice Award.

Judith has two grown children and lives in Arizona with her husband. Because writing is best done with community, Judith belongs to her local Desert Sleuths chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Society of Southwestern Authors and the Arizona chapter of the Historical Novel Society.

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Priestess of Ishana 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I don’t generally read high fantasy, but Priestess of Ishana by Judith Starkston had me hooked from page one of this intricate novel. Based on historical events in the Bronze Age, Starkston wraps history and magic together in an unforgettable package. I was drawn in by the young heroine as she struggles to save her kingdom. Lovers of fantasy will do well to pick up this novel. I would also recommend it to any young adult readers who want to see a young woman learn who she is. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Tinney More than 1 year ago
This novel would be a pleasure to read even if it was only the product of the author’s fertile imagination, but it delights me that so much of it is based on real events and real people in the distant past – events and people we only know about through ancient clay tablets with cuneiform writing. Even the exotic fantasy elements have their roots in the beliefs of the Hittites. Starkston brings us Bronze Age magic, as well as vivid characters based on real historical people, and an exciting, multi-sensory panorama of Bronze Age life. Her creds as a classicist make her amply qualified to bring this story to life, and she does so very well indeed. I’m looking forward to more fast-paced adventures featuring the remarkable Tesha!