Dark Priestess by Juanita Coulson is her standalone historical fantasy novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1977 by Ballantine Books. This story is set in ancient Babylon, and follows the rise of an impoverished young woman touched by the divinity of the goddess Ishtar as she becomes embroiled in treason and intrigue at the royal court, not only from suitors of differing desirability, but also a potential supernatural threat. Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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A passionate fantasy novel of desire and treachery and love’s irrevocable destiny.
Delicate, dark, touched by the divine gifts of Ishtar, goddess of love, a young girl named Ki-Inanna finds herself swept from obscure poverty to the golden palaces of power.
But the dangers of love are many…
There, in the high palace, Ki-Inanna would find the proud young soldier, Captain of the Army, in whom she recognized her ardent destiny. There, the Royal Governor, pledged to protect her, would covet her for his own and endanger her life…
Together with her father, Ki-Inanna is at the mercy of hostile political undercurrents and together they must guide each other through an extraordinary and treacherous period of witchcraft, superstition and rituals. Amidst conflicting religious ideals, the very real threat of barbaric prisons and supernatural fantasies, Ki-Inanna must question the safety of pursuing her chosen suitor. A perilous task given her status in Babylonian culture.
When ominous clouds of treason and intrigue begin to gather, the future of the civilized world is firmly under threat…
And Ki-Inanna is their only hope.
‘Dark Priestess’ is a searing fantasy romance in fabulously wicked Babylon at the dawn of history.