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Born into the tumultuous world of ancient Antioch, Selene is orphaned at birth. But before her father dies, he leaves a puzzling clue to her heritage: She has come from the gods and has a special destiny to fulfill.
In the coming years, Selene studies the primitive healing arts with Mera, the healer-woman who adopts her. She learns how to lower fevers by brewing Hecate's Cure from the willow tree, how to apply green mold to an open wound to prevent infection, and, most important, how to calm a patient by summoning the inner power of the "soul flame". But on her 16th birthday, Selene falls in love with Andreas, a passionate and troubled surgeon. When fate cruelly separates them, Selene's search for Andreas takes her to the great centers of civilization in the ancient world - Egypt, Babylon, and Rome. Desperate to find Andreas, Selene is torn between love and her dreams of healing when a revolutionary vision brings her to the fulfillment of her destiny - and the dawn of modern medicine.
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- Mrs J
After 8 years, I truly enjoyed it 😅
I first found a hard cover version of this book in 2012 inside the library in the school where I had my summer camp. I was eventually too busy to complete it before camp was over. Reading the book half way through left a longing in me to search for it and complete it. I looked for it in libraries in my own secondary school, university and indeed any library I came across until I finally searched for it online and found it on audible. I was so excited that I started again from the beginning. Something about the book captivated my teenage mind and that same thing has satisfied my adult expectations. It is fiction, so I was not offended when I got to the historically and religiously incorrect parts of the book, rather I appreciated the author's creativity. However, the majority of facts and places mentioned in the book have truth, truth that makes the story seem more alive. It was a read worth my while and the narrator did well to illuminate the existing pictures in my mind of the characters and places mentioned in the book. I truly enjoyed it.