Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

India Edghill

St. Martin's Press




Given to the temple of Atargatis as a child, Delilah is raised to be a priestess to the Five Cities that rule Canaan. With her beloved friend Aylah, Delilah grows up under the watchful eyes of high priestess Derceto, who sees the devout young priestesses as valuable playing pieces in her political schemes.

In the hills of Canaan, the Israelites chafe under the rule of the Five Cities, and choose Samson to lead them to victory. A reluctant warrior, Samson is a man of great heart who prefers peace to war. But fearing a rebellion, those who rule the Five Cities will do anything to capture Samson. When Samson catches a glimpse of Delilah, he is ready to risk his freedom to marry her, and Derceto seizes the chance to have Samson at her mercy. The Temple's intrigues against Samson force Aylah and Delilah apart, lead Delilah to question her own heart, and change her future forever.

A glorious and inventive retelling of an ancient story, Delilah is a soaring tale of political turmoil, searing betrayal, passionate friendship, and forbidden love.


"Long ago and in another land lived a maiden dark as night. Night she was named and night she was. And this maiden served a goddess bright and burning as the sun—and softas shadows and midnight . . ."
Once I blamed the gods for...


Praise for Delilah

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

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