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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marek Halter Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Canaan Trilogy Release Date:
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Set in the magnificent culture of the Middle East more than four thousand years ago, Lilah is a rich and emotionally resonant story of faith, love, and courage.

Living in exile, Lilah is in love with Antinoes, a Persian warrior. They have known each other since they were children, and Antinoes dearly wants to make Lilah his wife. Yet Lilah does not feel she can marry without the blessing of her brother, Ezra. She and Ezra are close, and Lilah knows her brother well—he does not want his sister to have a husband outside their faith. Ezra is a scholar of the laws of Moses, and Lilah believes it is her brother’s destiny to lead the Jewish people back to the Promised Land. While Antinoes pressures her to accept his proposal, Lilah realizes that before she can consider her own happiness, it is her duty to help her brother accomplish the seemingly impossible task that is before him.

Putting herself in grave danger, and with the help of Antinoes, Lilah wins Ezra an audience with Artaxerxes II, the King of Kings, who grants permission to lead the exiles on their journey back to the Promised Land. After a hazardous trip across the desert, Lilah, Ezra, and the thousands who join them arrive in Jerusalem. But the hardship of rebuilding the Temple takes its toll, and the religious enthusiasm of some turns to extremism. Ezra, listening to the zealots, orders all non-Jewish wives and their children banished from Jerusalem. Lilah, whose love for Antinoes has never wavered, is horrified by this command. She knows she must now choose between her brother and her conscience, which tells her that the time has come to defy him.

Lilah is a timeless story of one woman’s stand against intolerance; it will linger in the reader’s mind long after the last page has been turned.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Halter ambitiously tackles portions of the complicated biblical book of Ezra…As in Sarah and Zipporah, there is plenty of highly charged sexuality and some imaginative storytelling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fine novel…Halter brilliantly succeeds in showing how extremism twists and perverts the underlying, unifying messages of all religions. Add this one to your list of Red Tent read-alikes.”


  • “The final installment of Halter’s bestselling trilogy of Biblical heroines, this book features his brightest star…Generous with period detail—tunics, oiled beards, and statues of Ahura Mazda—the clean, moving story neatly balances religious meditation and swift plot. Action-packed scripture.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/31/2014

    " Lilah, the third of Marek Halter's series of novels based on biblical women, tells the story of the sister of Ezra and her struggles. She is in love with a Persian, Antinoes. Her brother forbids her to marry him, as the law of Yahweh forbids it. Lilah respects and supports her brother and brings about his journey from Susa to Jerusalem to restore the temple and bring the Israelites back together. She leaves Antinoes behind and accompanies Ezra, providing him counsel and support. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by JG (The Introverted Reader) | 1/13/2014

    " I came home from my last trip to the library with an armful of books based on Bible stories. I guess because it was close to Easter. This one was okay. I read the first book in the trilogy but I missed the second one. I don't think it mattered though; they're all about different women in the Old Testament. I didn't relate to Lilah very well and the ending left me outraged. I don't remember the lesser-known Old Testament stories very well, but did that really happen? I'm going to have to look it up. Anyway, the writing was a little weak. I wound up poring over the title page and publishing info to see if it had been translated from a different language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 12/27/2013

    " Not as good as Sarah "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Becky | 12/7/2013

    " ....eh.... This book had the potential to be so much more. The struggle of the Children of Israel to reclaim their homeland is heart breaking. This story just didn't do it justice. I fine attempt, but just not quite there. "

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