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(The first book in the Rav Hisda's Daughter series)
A novel by


Hisdadukh, blessed to be beautiful and learned, is the youngest child of Talmudic sage Rav Hisda. The world around her is full of conflict. Rome, fast becoming Christian, battles Zoroastrian Persia for dominance while Rav Hisda and his colleagues struggle to establish new Jewish traditions after the destruction of Jerusalem's Holy Temple. Against this backdrop Hisdadukh embarks on the tortuous path to become an enchantress in the very land where the word 'magic' originated.

But the conflict affecting Hisdadukh most intimately arises when her father brings his two best students before her, a mere child, and asks her which one she will marry. Astonishingly, the girl replies, "Both of them." Soon she marries the older student, although it becomes clear that the younger one has not lost interest in her. When her new-found happiness is derailed by a series of tragedies, a grieving Hisdadukh must decide if she does, indeed, wish to become a sorceress. Based on actual Talmud texts and populated with its rabbis and their families, Rav Hisda's Daughter: Book I - Apprentice brings the world of the Talmud to life - from a woman's perspective.

Praise for the Rashi's Daughters trilogy:
"Anton delivers a tour de force." - Library Journal

"A compelling combination of drama, suspense, and romance." - Lilith magazine

Genre: Historical Romance

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July 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: Rav Hisda's Daughter, Book I: Apprentice: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery (Rav Hisda's Daughter Series)
Author(s): Maggie Anton
ISBN: 0-452-29809-1 / 978-0-452-29809-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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July 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Rav Hisda's Daughter, Book I: Apprentice: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery
Author(s): Maggie Anton
Publisher: Plume
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