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The Woman at the Well

(The first book in the Sword and the Well series)
A novel by

In the early years of Islam, three lives braid together.Khalid ibn al-Walid never lost a battle, either fighting against the Prophet Muhammad or for him."Women no longer give birth to the likes of Khalid," the Prophet said. In old age, the general dictates his memoirs to a eunuch scribe, with a
new perspective to all the blood he shed.

In the desert oasis of Tadmor, twelve-year-old Rayah comes of age,accepting her new religion and her own power. And on the third floor of the house in Tadmor, a woman with blue eyes hides her past in the safety of a harem - which cannot remain secluded forever. For she and her mothers led the tribes of the desert on sacred camels - and with the help of beings of fire and smoke, the jinn.

About the Author
Ann Chamberlin's Reign of the Favored Women trilogy caused a sensation when it was published in Turkey. She is the author of eleven historical novels and a nonfiction history of women in the Middle East. She also writes plays, including Jihad, which was named Best New Off-Off Broadway Play of 1996.

Praise for Ann Chamberlin, International Best Seller:

Praise for The Merlin of St. Gilles' Well:
"The Merlin of St. Gilles' Well is wonderful!... It's the best book I've read in months and months; a terrific premise, and so beautifully imagined and described, I can only gnash my teeth in envy... Every word is - literally - magic, evoking another world, an older time - and the echoes of the Old Ways that live on in us, unseen."
- Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series

Praise for Sofie
"This is a brilliant novel. Ann Chamberlin is the master of crafting exciting realistic historical fiction. Sofia brings alive sixteenth century Italy and Turkey through the eyes of its fabulous lead protagonists."
- Affaire de Coeur (Five Stars)

Praise for The Sultan's Daughter:
The Sultans Daughter won both Affaire de Coeur's "Best Foreign Historical" and "Best Cover" Awards

"Historical fiction at its greatest level. The Sultan's Daughter is so colorful and real, readers can not only see sixteenth century Turkey, but smell the aromas (pleasant and ugly) of a different society. Ms. Chamberlin is one of the best writers today as she combines teaching her readers with an amazingly entertaining and interesting tale of intrigue. This reviewer strongly recommends this novel and its predecessor because both books are among the best historical fiction written in the ninties."
- Harriet Klausner for Midwest Book Review

Praise for The Reign of the Favored Women
"A complex historical tale of two formidable women. . . . elaborate, lush historical fiction."

Used availability for Ann Chamberlin's The Woman at the Well

Hardback Editions

July 2011 : USA Hardback

Title: The Woman at the Well
Author(s): Ann Chamberlin
ISBN: 1-936940-09-4 / 978-1-936940-09-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: The Woman at the Well
Author(s): Ann Chamberlin
ISBN: 1-936940-10-8 / 978-1-936940-10-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Woman at the Well
Author(s): Ann Chamberlin
Publisher: Epigraph Books
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