Given to the temple of Atargatis as a child, Delilah is raised to be a priestess to the Five Cities that rule Canaan. She grows up under the watchful eyes of high priestess Derceto, who sees her as a valuable pawn in her political agenda. Meanwhile, in the hills of Canaan, the Israelites choose Samson to lead their fight against the Five Cities. When he catches a glimpse of Delilah, he risks his freedom to marry her, and Derceto seizes the chance to have Samson at her mercy. Caught between the two, Delilah is forced to question her own heart.
An inventive retelling of an ancient story, Delilah is a tale of political turmoil, betrayal, passionate friendship, and forbidden love.
"A spellbinding, emotionally powerful reinvention of a timeless tale from a master of lyrical language. With Delilah, India Edghill has written a song of the heart set among clashing kingdoms and created an historical novel to savor." ––New York Times best-selling author Nicole Jordan
"Richly imagined in hauntingly beautiful prose, India Edghill's Delilah is what the Bible may have been like had it been written by a woman. Delilah is a character whose compelling voice will keep you turning the pages in this truly remarkable story." ––Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti
“Most people know the story of Samson and Delilah, but you’ve never heard it told like this. In this beautifully crafted tale, an all-too-human Delilah speaks across the centuries and tells us what really happened in the lands of the Philistines so long ago. Her story will draw you in quietly at first –– and then it builds to a roar. It’s both mythic and moving, and rife with surprising twists.” ––Donna Gillespie, international bestselling author of The Light Bearer and Lady of the Light
“A fascinating and unorthodox retelling of the Samson and Delilah story as seen through pagan eyes. Through India Edghill’s extensive research and talent for telling detail, this familiar tale takes on a whole new meaning.” ––Naomi Ragen, author of The Ghost of Hannah Mendes and The Saturday Wife