A passionate fantasy novel of desire and treachery and love's irrevocable destiny.
Delicate, dark, touched by the divine gifts of Ishtar, goddess of love, a young girl named Ki-Inanna finds herself swept from obscure poverty to the golden palaces of power.
But the dangers of love are many...
There, in the high palace, Ki-Inanna would find the proud young soldier, Captain of the Army, in whom she recognized her ardent destiny. There, the Royal Governor, pledged to protect her, would covet her for his own and endanger her life...
Together with her father, Ki-Inanna is at the mercy of hostile political undercurrents and together they must guide each other through an extraordinary and treacherous period of witchcraft, superstition and rituals. Amidst conflicting religious ideals, the very real threat of barbaric prisons and supernatural fantasies, Ki-Inanna must question the safety of pursuing her chosen suitor. A perilous task given her status in Babylonian culture.
When ominous clouds of treason and intrigue begin to gather, the future of the civilized world is firmly under threat...
And Ki-Inanna is their only hope.
'Dark Priestess' is a searing fantasy romance in fabulously wicked Babylon at the dawn of history.
Praise for Juanita Coulson:
"... A richly detailed construction... " C J Cherryh
"Coulson works on an enormous canvas - sometimes almost overwhelming. The characters are always memorable." Marion Zimmer Bradley
Juanita Coulson is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. She is also widely known in filk music circles since the 1950s for her singing and songwriting; she has won several Pegasus Awards for her filking. For thirty-three years, she co-edited the science fiction fanzine Yandro with her husband "Buck" (Robert Coulson). Yandro was nominated for a Hugo Award every year from 1958-1967; it won the award in 1965, thus marking Coulson as one of the very first women to be so honored.
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