A novel set in Judaea in the final months before the fall of Jerusalem in the year 70AD. The quasi-Biblical English may not be to everybody’s taste, but it certainly adds to the historical tone of a book that exudes religious and mystical references on every page.
The story starts at the very beginning, so to speak, with symbolic allusions to the Garden of Eden and the fall of man. Thenceforth, the protagonist of the story, Epiphanius, is distraught after receiving a vision of the destruction of the Jerusalem. He later learns of his brother’s departure for the city before he has chance to warn him. It thus becomes his mission to go to Jerusalem and to find his brother.
During his sojourn in Jerusalem, Epiphanius finds employment as an artisan with the House of Tzedek who abide within the precincts of the Hasmonean Palace. He finds a city inhabited by a proud and avaricious people beset by internal strife. The more he learns of the House of Tzedek, the more he finds them to his distaste.
In the search for his brother, Epiphanius comes across a mysterious compendium that resonates with his soul. The book, called ‘The Quest of the Sage,’ contains extracts of esoteric lore and prophesies regarding the apocalypse. With this book, he indoctrinates himself into the mysteries of the arcane.
He soon comes to the realisation that mysterious forces are at play. The search for his brother is merely a ruse to bring him to the city. His true mission is to act as a harbinger of warning to save but a few who would heed God’s message and be saved from a terrible fate.
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About the Author
Laith Doory is the author of several books, both fiction and non-fiction, covering a broad rage of writing styles and topics. His first book was a work of satirical fiction, entitled Reaching for the Gods. Subsequent works include: The Obsessed, Seven Keys to Rejuvenation, Universal Kabbalah and a new English-language edition of the Qur’an, entitled The Recitation. His long-term interest in kabbalah and the occult eventually gave him the idea of writing a historical novel about one of the most traumatic episodes in the history of the Jewish people: the fall of Jerusalem in the year A.D. 70. Laith Doory’s most inspirational authors include: Gore Vidal and Umberto Eco.
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