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The Queen & the Spymaster
The Queen & the Spymaster

The Queen & the Spymaster

A Novel Based on the Story of Esther



520 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (CA $29.95) (US $24.95)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9781732495500

Rights: WOR X IL

Penlight Publications (Sep 2019)

Price: $24.95


A reinterpretation of the biblical story of Esther amidst the high drama of civil war in the Persian Empire, 475 BCE

The Queen & the Spymaster tells the story of the unlikely champions of Ancient Persia and of a thousand-year vendetta that presages modern historical events in Iran and Afghanistan. Readers are transported to the exotic fortress city of Susa, the imperial palace, and the royal harem, where truth wears a mask. Rapoport meticulously describes a royal court populated by an intricate shadow-world of spies and informants—a sinister brotherhood with orders to draw a target on the king's back; rival cabinet ministers who command private armies; an orphaned girl with a gift for languages and an innate political intuition; a queen who, unbeknownst to all, is a secret agent; and the shrewd tactician who controls her.

Author Biography

Sandra E. Rapoport is the author of the award-winning Biblical Seductions, a 2010 Resident scholar of Law and Bible at Harvard, and a practicing attorney, specializing in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.