Welcome to my first book review of 2018! I’m totally a month behind on books, but I’m a fast reader so I hope to catch up soon. The first book I’ve picked up for my 52 books in a year challenge is Written in the Ashes by K. Hollan Van Zandt. This book is for prompt #8 on my list, “a book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten to.” I originally received this book for free on Amazon Kindle, and it just sat in my library for way longer than I expected. I have finally read it and am now prepared to give a full review. These are my thoughts on Written in the Ashes.
Book Synopsis (From Goodreads)
After 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 and traditions, Hannah embarks on a dangerous quest to unite the fractured pieces of the Emerald Tablet—the last hope to save the pagans and create peace.
On 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 stake.