Welcome to Judith Starkston’s website. Her debut novel Hand of Fire, set during the Trojan War, will soon be followed by a mystery series featuring Queen Puduhepa of the Hittites as “sleuth.” Enjoy reviews of Hand of Fire, book club questions, the event calendar and an excerpt. You’ll also find historical background about this fascinating place and time, book reviews of reads you don’t want to miss and other on-going information from the historical fiction community.
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Some posts I enjoyed from around the web this week: Athenian Trireme sails again, Bronze Age Cyprus wowing with size and reach, Tut disappointment, writing from a cartoon
Review of Emily Hauser’s For the Most Beautiful, a novel of the women of Troy.
Getting to the truth in wartime has always been difficult. Pharaoh Ramesses, after the Battle of Kadesh, portrayed his version in some interestingly distorted ways. Click on through to Suzanne Adair’s Relevant History to read my post on ancient propaganda and historical reality. It led to a refreshing result in this case.
Click through to find out all the news and what’s up with the Arizona Historical Novel Society. Everyone welcome–writers and readers. We’re an informal group with no dues just lots of great community and information sharing.
We are on summer hiatus. AZ HNS is actively collecting ideas for speakers and topics to lay out next year’s calendar, so email all your suggestions to Judith. We are also welcoming volunteers to host meetings in his or her home for next year.