City of Refuge
This breathtaking novel, set in the early years of Israelite nationhood, tells the story of Bat-Shachar, a teenage girl gifted with beauty and intellect, who is languishing in the household of her strict father, a prominent Israelite scholar. Intimidated by Bat-Shachar's coming of age, her father grows aloof. He scrutinizes her every action and his discipline is humiliating and heavy-handed, driving her from home. In the company of the family's Canaanite maidservant, Bat-Shachar happens upon pagan rituals and the visions she witnesses shake her to the core of her existence. Soon her path intertwines with that of Tzuriel, a young metalworking apprentice who witnessed his people butchered by marauders, and together they race towards a city of refuge as bloodthirsty enemies pursue them relentlessly.
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