The Serpent and the Staff



[Download] ➵ The Serpent and the Staff ➾ Barbara Wood – E17streets4all.co.uk Ugarit, Syria, BCE Eighteen year old Leah, the eldest daughter of a wealthy winemaker, is past the traditional age of betrothal Vowed to wed the wealthy but cruel shipbuilder Jotham, Leah declines hi Ugarit, Syria,BCE and the MOBI ð Eighteen year old Leah, the eldest daughter of a wealthy winemaker, is past the traditional age of betrothal Vowed to wed the wealthy but cruel shipbuilder Jotham, Leah declines his The Serpent ePUB Æ offer of marriage after discovering that he and his family suffer from the falling sickness Enraged by her refusal and his ruined reputation, he blackmails Leah s father, a punishment forgiven only by Serpent and the eBook ☆ offering Leah s hand in marriage With no options for another suitor and no male heir for her family, Leah must seek out the cure for Jotham s sickness or her family will face permanent ruin During her quest Leah begins to burn with desire for Daveed, the handsome household scribe whose culture forbids their union Daveed has been called by the gods to restore the Brotherhood, an elite fraternity of guardians at the great Library of Ugarit, rud to contain the secret symbol of immortality within its ancient archives If his plan succeeds, it may also save Leah s family from disaster But even Daveed and Leah cannot fathom the extent of Jotham s sinister schemes to make Leah his bride once and for all With rich historical detail, The Serpent and the Staff is a sweeping tale of love, betrayal, and how one family s faith can overcome the obstacles that life has in store for them.The Serpent and the Staff

Barbara Wood and the MOBI ð was born on January in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States She grew up in Southern California The Serpent ePUB Æ and attended Los Angeles Schools After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician During this time, Barbara held numerous jobs, before Serpent and the eBook ☆ she sold her first novel in A few years prior, Barbara met her husband George To date, Barbara has written books, including two under the pen name Kathryn Harvey, these books are quite different from the Barbara Wood s novels and she, her agent and editor agreed that a pen name would serve to indicate the difference She is an international best selling author with books translated into over languages The reader is transported to exotic countries that Barbara has meticulously researched to provide her fans with a true sense of the culture and history relevant to each story At the heart of every book, is a strong, independent woman Currently, Barbara is busy working on her next story that will, no doubt, showcase an extraordinary heroine in an exciting and intriguing adventureWhen not writing, Barbara often takes time to enjoy the work of other authors, and that of a certain well known martial artist, whose name is listed among the Ten things you might not know about Barbara.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader her family will face permanent ruin During her quest Leah begins to burn with desire for Daveed, the handsome household scribe whose culture forbids their union Daveed has been called by the gods to restore the Brotherhood, an elite fraternity of guardians at the great Library of Ugarit, rud to contain the secret symbol of immortality within its ancient archives If his plan succeeds, it may also save Leah s family from disaster But even Daveed and Leah cannot fathom the extent of Jotham s sinister schemes to make Leah his bride once and for all With rich historical detail, The Serpent and the Staff is a sweeping tale of love, betrayal, and how one family s faith can overcome the obstacles that life has in store for them."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 460 pages
  • The Serpent and the Staff
  • Barbara Wood
  • English
  • 11 April 2017
  • 1620454610

10 thoughts on “The Serpent and the Staff

  1. says:

    He disfrutado de esta novela en profundidad porque he aprendido much simas cosas y me he asombrado de la capacidad imaginativa de la autora para crear vicisitudes para los personajes Qu angustia No es una historia para llorar, no provoca ese v nculo emocional imprescindible para ello, pero relata tantas desgracias que al final se te encogen los sesos A los pobres personajes les caen tragedias sobre la cabeza como una lluvia de meteoritos Y cuando parece que est n mal, acaban peor, y siguen He disfrutado de esta novela en profundidad porque he aprendido much simas cosas y me he asombrado de la capacidad imaginativa de la autora para crear vicisitudes para los personajes Qu angustia No es una historia para llorar, no provoca ese v nculo emocional imprescindible para ello, pero relata tantas desgracias que al final se te encogen los sesos A los pobres personajes les caen tragedias sobre la cabeza como una lluvia de meteoritos Y cuando parece que est n mal, acaban peor, y siguen as una eternidad, desde el comienzo de la novela hasta el final.Esta obra posee numerosos rasgos a destacar Una lectura sencilla que abarca la cultura de cananeos y egipcios, las complejas costumbres de jerarqu as familiares y sociales, las supersticiones que reg an entonces la medicina, los principios religiosos que invocaban a cada rato Barbara Wood ha estudiado a conciencia aquella poca, sus eventos y los usos de las gentes, y con ellos ha hilado una historia personal, humana, llena de tensi n y valios simos temas Entre esos temas, trata los cambios sociales, las guerras, la corrupci n, la vanidad y tiran a de los poderosos, pero sobre todo, trata el amor.Cuando era imposible pensar en romper las normas, cuando la tradici n pesaba m s que el respeto o los derechos humanos, el esp ritu de Lea, Daveed, El as, Abiga l y los dem s se remonta por encima de su educaci n y sus creencias para luchar por la dignidad y el amor Corren riesgos inimaginables en nombre de los seres amados, como Daveed por Lea o Abiga l por su familia entera Este libro es un aut ntico homenaje al amor, a la lealtad familiar, a la esperanza contra todo obst culo Porque creedme, no paran de ocurrir cosas tremendas, los buenos sufren lo indecible, tienes ganas de estrangular a los malos y te asombras de lo que en aquellos tiempos suced a con normalidad.Por otro lado, me he sentido muy identificada con el personaje del escriba, pues destila pasi n por las palabras y su capacidad para afectar a las personas

  2. says:

    As soon as I saw this book was set in Ancient Syria, I was ready to be amazed Unfortunately, The Serpent and the Staff is a book that has a cool setting, but is poorly written Barbara Wood s storytelling is full of obvious plot devices, stale characters, and shallow personalities Research was obviously done, but overall I just was not impressed.Hatshepsut, Pharaoh of Egypt, is even a starring secondary character But no.This was not the book for me.

  3. says:

    Ancient history never ceases to fascinate me and this novel set in 15th century B.C in Syria is no exception At the heart of the tale is a love story between Daveed and Leahd, and a spurned potential spouse who unleashes the full extent of his wrath upon Leah and her father The revenge lasts for years, ultimately devastating Leah s family, financially and otherwise It is the slow degradation of family life that kept me turning the pages Just when I thought matters could not possibly become Ancient history never ceases to fascinate me and this novel set in 15th century B.C in Syria is no exception At the heart of the tale is a love story between Daveed and Leahd, and a spurned potential spouse who unleashes the full extent of his wrath upon Leah and her father The revenge lasts for years, ultimately devastating Leah s family, financially and otherwise It is the slow degradation of family life that kept me turning the pages Just when I thought matters could not possibly become worse, BAM They did The characters are so real, they leap off the pages, stirring emotions with each turn of the page This is one unforgettable story Compelling and rich, told in a clean, easy style of writing Highly recommended Thank you to the author and publisher I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    Barbara Wood wrote a good story here, though I can t say she liked her characters too much because man did she abuse them I wasn t sure what else she could think up to do to them but she kept managing to drag them further and further down shit creek It wasn t my usual fare, but I enjoyed it.

  5. says:

    I really wanted to like The Serpent and the Staff, by Barbara Wood Here was a historical fiction book claiming to address a place and time close to my own heart the city of Ugarit on the coast of modern Syria , in the time of the early New Kingdom Egyptian pharaohs Hatshepsut and Thutmose III Sadly, however, I struggled to finish it, and cannot givethan three stars to it Basically, it was a potentially good story spoiled by insufficient research.First, the good stuff As already ment I really wanted to like The Serpent and the Staff, by Barbara Wood Here was a historical fiction book claiming to address a place and time close to my own heart the city of Ugarit on the coast of modern Syria , in the time of the early New Kingdom Egyptian pharaohs Hatshepsut and Thutmose III Sadly, however, I struggled to finish it, and cannot givethan three stars to it Basically, it was a potentially good story spoiled by insufficient research.First, the good stuff As already mentioned, full marks for Barbara s choice of place and time The characters were for the most part interesting and well crafted The recurrent theme of herbal medicine and healing was a convincing thread around which to hang the story The technical production of the Kindle copy was good, with a mere handful of very minor slips in a long book.Where I struggled, however, was with the intended historical rooting of the people and plot Barbara has apparently done far too little background research into the period to be able to write persuasively about it And I am not talking about research taking several years and a PhD, but a very ordinary level of background reading from reliable sources readily available on the Internet.I abandoned the whole book for several weeks at the point where a long passage digresses to celebrate one of the protagonists inventing the alphabet If you want to enjoy a fictional presentation of this, you would go a long way to beat The TwentyTwo Letters by Clive King But there is plenty of readily accessed technical material about the relative roles of the different competing scripts of this age, and the sheer uphill struggle alphabetic scripts had in gaining acceptance The naivety of the description here, on top of the difficulties I was already finding in the book with iron weapons factories being set up way way way too early , fictitious kinglists when we have real ones , Egyptian chariots with four horses like everyone else s they had two , and a rather cavalier approach to geography, led me to close the book and give up on it.However, I returned after a couple of months, partly out of a sense of duty and partly through stubbornness I decided that the best way to read the book was as a kind of fantasy story without any actual real world context Taken on that level, and pretending to myself that the storyline had nothing to do with the start of the Late Bronze Age in the Levant, it was quite a fun romp The outcome was never really a surprise my main uncertainty was when and how a particularly brutal individual was going to reappear and unintentionally advance the fortunes of the protagonists.In summary then as fantasy I might well consider giving it four stars, though it could easily have been somewhat shorter without losing anything much But as an intended work of historical fiction, and with all of the historical flaws and anachronisms, I cannot give itthan three I do hope that Barbara will consider returning to this period which has a great deal of intrinsic interest but for my part it would need considerablyinvestment in background research

  6. says:

    Un libro que si no lo hubiera ganado en un concurso de premios literarios sorpresas, no lo hubiera le do Pienso que de alguna manera hay libros que eliges para leer, y hay veces como stas, en la que los libros te eligen para que los leas.Una historia llena de amor que dura en el tiempo, momentos de sufrimientos, creencias en dioses y demonios Adem s da a conocer que la capacidad de leer y escribir, era un privilegio de pocos, entre en ellos, los escribas stos ltimos, con un gran poder en m Un libro que si no lo hubiera ganado en un concurso de premios literarios sorpresas, no lo hubiera le do Pienso que de alguna manera hay libros que eliges para leer, y hay veces como stas, en la que los libros te eligen para que los leas.Una historia llena de amor que dura en el tiempo, momentos de sufrimientos, creencias en dioses y demonios Adem s da a conocer que la capacidad de leer y escribir, era un privilegio de pocos, entre en ellos, los escribas stos ltimos, con un gran poder en manos, al interactuar diariamente con tablillas que contenian importantes documentos legales y correspondencias pertenecientes a los habitantes de todos los niveles jer rquicos Cuya hermandad de escribas en Ugarit, ya ca da en la completa corrupci n y abuso de poder, dej en Daveed el deseo de restaurarla a su condici n original, con un emblema nuevo en el cual creer y una escritura que abrir a nuevas ventajas de comunicaci n m s simple, de las existentes en aquellos tiempos entre los cananeos, egipcios y otras culturas.Por otro lado, tambi n se da a conocer la importancia de las hierbas en los tratamientos medicinales para diversos tipos de enfermedades, cuyos secretos eran pasados de generaci n en generaci n y, de acuerdo a la cultura, distintas formas de emplearlos y nombres asignados Por ltimo, se podr ver como la envidia y venganza, de Jotam y su hermana Zira, son capaces de destruir a toda la familia de Abigail que con esfuerzo, ha llegado a construir Momentos de injusticias y cuando piensas que no puede ser m s injusto, Qu crees lo es , pero al final a pesar de los a os que pueda tomar, la justicia llega a los que se la merecen y han esperado por ella

  7. says:

    Barbara Wood est incontestablement l un des meilleurs auteurs de sagas romanesques Dans son nouveau roman, La Gu risseuse et le Roi, elle puise habilement dans la m moire historique collective et offre au lecteur une formidable pop e qui m le avec virtuosit la grande histoire d autres, d amour et de trahison.D s les premi res pages, on sent que Barbara Wood a r uni tous les l ments d un excellent divertissement une trame historique bien document e, une intrigue haletante, des personnages Barbara Wood est incontestablement l un des meilleurs auteurs de sagas romanesques Dans son nouveau roman, La Gu risseuse et le Roi, elle puise habilement dans la m moire historique collective et offre au lecteur une formidable pop e qui m le avec virtuosit la grande histoire d autres, d amour et de trahison.D s les premi res pages, on sent que Barbara Wood a r uni tous les l ments d un excellent divertissement une trame historique bien document e, une intrigue haletante, des personnages attachants et de nombreux rebondissements Son roman galope sans aucun temps mort Pris dans la tourmente de cette histoire de grande envergure, le lecteur tourne les pages, d vore, impatient de d couvrir ce que r serve l imagination fertile de Barbara Wood On ne peut que succomber au souffle pique de ce roman grisant et s immerger dans cette histoire prenante et terrifiante, sur fond de domination gyptienne, de complots et de passions amoureusesTerriblement addictive, cette fresque historique d paysante fera revivre au lecteur les heures les plus sombres de J richo, la bataille sanglante de l ancienne ville de Megiddo et l vera un coin de voile sur quelques uns des grands myst res de l histoire comme l apparition du premier alphabet consonantique C est passionnant Les amateurs de fictions historiques ne pourront qu appr cier ce voyage dans le temps haletant et remarquablement document La Gu risseuse et le Roi est un roman historique brillant, doubl d un formidable tableau des m urs de l poque

  8. says:

    Normally I despise historic fiction But I decided to give it another shot thanks to a Goodreads giveaway.And I m quite happy I did.One of the things I ve hated about historic fiction is the complete and utter failure at vividly painting the scene of the times No historic background, just characters and a plot, does not make a historical fiction novel interesting.But this novel was different in that it showed the setting a lotthan other novels of its type Instead of struggling to imagine Normally I despise historic fiction But I decided to give it another shot thanks to a Goodreads giveaway.And I m quite happy I did.One of the things I ve hated about historic fiction is the complete and utter failure at vividly painting the scene of the times No historic background, just characters and a plot, does not make a historical fiction novel interesting.But this novel was different in that it showed the setting a lotthan other novels of its type Instead of struggling to imagine the characters world, the author brings you into it.The main character is also one with inner strength At first, I read the blurb and thought that the things the character was going to accomplish were going to seem far fetched, especially for the time period that the book is set in But Leah was able to overcome her odds while still being something that is not only realistic, but makes sense.The novel even has a bit of suspense in it in the fact that during the story, it is difficult to tell whether the main character or the antagonist will have the final say on the main character s fate.I would recommend this to someone who enjoys a vividly woven tale and for the readers who, like I was, are about to give up on historic fiction I honestly think this novel will change your mind

  9. says:

    I have not read this author before this book I love historical fiction and on t know how I missed her I ll be looking for other tiles.here is the historical plot set in the most ancient part of our religious awarenessthe Middle East Egypt I loved the characters who were wonderfully drawn There are lots of plots and subplotsmaking for veryinterestng reading.Highly recommended.

  10. says:

    Le myst re de la cr ation de l alphabet et d autres interrogationsune histoire d amour.une poque tr s peu connue permettent ce roman d obtenir les 5 toiles Mais ce n est pas non plus un livre qui me marquera.

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