We’re very pleased to announce the publication of The Lost Wisdom of the Magi, by Bounds Green Writer Susie Helme.
Set against a background of the Jewish Revolt against Rome of 66-70CE, The Lost Wisdom of the Magi tells the story of Sophia, a Babylonian Jew who learns ancient languages at the royal archives of the Parthians and secretly studies the magic on cuneiform tablets. She runs away from home, joining a Nabataean incense caravan, studies with the Essenes on the Dead Sea and joins with the militants of Qumran. As the Zealots battle to defend revolutionary Jerusalem against Titus, she falls in love with a Greek freedman, Athanasios, a comrade in arms. Jews and Christians briefly unite with Samaritans and the People of the Land. But revolutionary Jerusalem is far from the paradise of which they had dreamed, and messiahs may prove false.