Title: Serpent on a Cross
Author: Wendy C. Garfinkle
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Number of Pages: 275
Synopsis: Dennah Dubrovnika is a formidable hunter and talented healer. However, she cannot control her own powers, which have suddenly reawakened in the aftermath of her mother’s violent capture by a powerful warlord who destroyed their village in his wake. As she races to free her mother, Dennah is accompanied by Jeth, the man she loves. But she’s increasingly, inexorably drawn to the mysterious Skallon who is allied with her greatest enemy.
Will Dennah be able to gain a measure of control over her magic or will she lose everything and everyone she loves to its raging inferno?
Serpent on a Cross is Book One in a Jewish fantasy adventure series set in Medieval Eastern Europe.
Serpent on a Cross is an exciting adventure filled with magic, evil villains, and intense battles that will leave readers yearning for more.
Dennah is a very special child with unimaginable power, but power comes at a price and Tarkan Maksimov will stop at nothing to obtain the power she possesses. Her father vows to protect her from any who seek to bring her harm, but at what cost? For their protection Dennah and her mother go into hiding. Dennah's mother has her practice her magic to see what she is capable of and even she is surprised at it's strength. However, Dennah is unaware of her abilities as her mother, a healer, erases her memory of it in order to keep her safe. But, this lack of control and knowledge of her power could prove fatal.
Tarkan has been hard at work searching for Dennah's hiding place. As he closes in, Dennah has a disturbing dream and senses danger is in the midst. Will she be able to use her magic to stop him or will those she love perish?
Serpent on the Cross is the first book in the series of the same name and it makes a grand debut. I love that it is set in medieval Europe and that it incorporates Jewish traditions and beliefs within the story line. These aspects of the story add believability to the fantastic events that unfold within the pages. Dennah is an intriguing character and I adored her from the moment she was introduced and longed for her to learn of her enchantment. One other aspect of the story I found appealing were all the creative names the author gives the characters and the use of Polish and Hebrew which is interspersed throughout. This well written and captivating fantasy is well worth the read.
I recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.