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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: June 2006 ISBN: 9781415935255
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 11/3/2013

    " I liked it as an effort to make more real one of the bible stories, the story of Ezra and rebuilding the temple. A good effort to try to give a more understandable picture of how this might have been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/18/2013

    " This series provides fictionalized accounts of the lives of Biblical women, which tend to contain a fair amount of poetic license; however, this author takes some liberties with the characters that aren't necessary, the focus on sexuality for instance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/15/2013

    " interesting but not great/ quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Piert | 10/14/2013

    " The last of the trilogy and okay. The author has done such a good job in all three of these books, you must read this one also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blaise | 10/4/2013

    " Not for those who like to see a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/17/2013

    " Was the weakest of the Canaan Trilogy. Interesting story which is why I gave it 3 stars, but the characters lacked dimension and weren't very compelling. This book failed to suck me in the way Sarah and Zipporah did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/12/2013

    " Story of Lilah, sister of Ezra from the Bible. I did not like it nearly as much as "Sarah" or "Zipporah" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/7/2013

    " 3rd book of the trilogy - enjoyed reading about the setting of Bible times - what they may have eaten or worn. story line ok, the end was disturbing enough for me to go back and read the book of ezra and more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace P. | 3/28/2013

    " Didn't like this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 12/27/2012

    " I was very disappointed in the third book of Marek Halter's trilogy. I was not engaged in the character and her story nor did I feel that it was a complete story; no resolution at the end; blah. I really enjoyed the first two and was so looking forward to this one - what a let down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susana | 11/7/2012

    " Didn't finish the book......not what I thought it was going to be...basically a love story.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 7/28/2012

    " Love this author, but just a terrible way to end the book. Seemed rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/14/2012

    " So far, an enjoyable book for entertainment purposes. :) I always like the strong female characters Halter creates, without largely compromising the believability of the situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/28/2012

    " I read this after reading the Red Tent (which I loved). Totally different author, but still fantastic stories about women mentioned in the bible. I enjoyed this trilogy as much, if not more, than the Red Tent. Fantastically written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/12/2012

    " The fact that it was an easy read made up for the fact that it really wasn't much of anything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Holden | 11/16/2011

    " Not my favorite book by this author. The ending is just horrible, And what happens to the love of her life/????? Really??? that is it??? I dont buy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/31/2011

    " This book isn't quite as involved as the first two in the Canaan Trilogies but you still get sucked in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janene | 10/2/2011

    " Overall I enjoy the book. However I was really disappointed on Ezra's harshness toward women and children towards the end. Lilah was a beautiful woman who in my opinion deserved better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/17/2011

    " My least favorite of the triology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charisa B | 9/2/2011

    " My least favorite in the Canaan trilogy... but had to read all three. Good read... found myself not liking Ezra in this interpretation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 7/11/2011

    " Good love story in ancient Bible times. A bit graphic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 4/12/2011

    " Just ok, I wasn't too impressed. Interesting setting was really the only redeeming feature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 3/25/2011

    " Not as good, but still moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 12/14/2010

    " It's the final book of Canaan trilogy. A woman of faith & courage set in the culture of the Middle East thousands of years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbie | 12/3/2010

    " Read by Bernadette Dunne. Think it was mostly fiction and slow moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 8/25/2010

    " It's the final book of Canaan trilogy. A woman of faith & courage set in the culture of the Middle East thousands of years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 4/5/2010

    " I liked it as an effort to make more real one of the bible stories, the story of Ezra and rebuilding the temple. A good effort to try to give a more understandable picture of how this might have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/5/2009

    " Interesting book. this author does a nice job creating historical fiction accounts of strong Jewish woman from the bible. She has several other books as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/28/2009

    " This was a very interesting book. I had a hard time getting into it then the first two books, I think this was because I don't remember learing about Lilah and her brother Ezra. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/18/2009

    " I read this after reading the Red Tent (which I loved). Totally different author, but still fantastic stories about women mentioned in the bible. I enjoyed this trilogy as much, if not more, than the Red Tent. Fantastically written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 6/5/2009

    " Not my favorite book by this author. The ending is just horrible, And what happens to the love of her life/????? Really??? that is it??? I dont buy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/1/2009

    " Listened to this on a road trip to/from Vegas.

    The first half was GREAT. The second half was so utterly depressing that it would have been a four star book if not for the sad ending. It really left a damper on my mood!

    Still an enjoyable read (or listen in this case). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/25/2009

    " This book isn't quite as involved as the first two in the Canaan Trilogies but you still get sucked in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 2/19/2009

    " Just ok, I wasn't too impressed. Interesting setting was really the only redeeming feature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 2/13/2009

    " The fact that it was an easy read made up for the fact that it really wasn't much of anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 2/3/2009

    " Lilah is portrayed as Ezra, the Prophet's sister. It was an interesting read to see what the culture was like at that time. The novel takes place over several years before Ezra leaves Susa and makes the journey to Babylon and finally to Jerusalem. "

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