Life, love and conflict in the hill country around 1200BC
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The Flame Before Us carries the story another few years onwards. Starting north along the coast at the city of Ikaret (modern Ugarit, in Syria), the story follows several inter-related groups of people as they cope with the sudden destruction of the city. It has been published by Matteh Publications and is now available at online retailers.

Conflict and commitment in the shadow of a city's downfall

The raiding ships have come before, but this time it is different. This time the attackers are coming to stay. The great kings and their vassals collapse as the newcomers advance.

Walk with refugees, migrants, and defenders of the land alike, as they struggle to create a different way of life beside the ruins of the old. Can alliance, commitment and love survive the turmoil?

The process of change in the hill country that began in In a Milk and Honeyed Land is picking up pace now.


Samples (free downloads):
The Flame Before Us - Sample - Kindle mobi
The Flame Before Us - Sample - epub

Interviews of Kephrath (free downloads):
Interview - Tadugari and Anilat - cover Interview - Nikleos and Kastiandra - cover Interview - Labayu - cover Interview - Hekanefer - cover
Tadugari and Anilat - Kindle mobi
Tadugari and Anilat - epub
Nikleos and Kastiandra - Kindle mobi
Nikleos and Kastiandra - epub
Labayu - Kindle mobi
Labayu - epub
Hekanefer - Kindle mobi
Hekanefer - epub

Some review comments

  • Historical Novel Society: “Wide in scope and rich in detail and plot, this is an accomplished illustration of this era in the region: complex, informative, enjoyable and skilfully put together.”
  • Breakfast with Pandora: “…A surprising tenderness in the face of brutality, loss, and displacement is the emotion that underpins the action…”

See extract from the novel.

Cover image: The Flame Before Us
Cover image © copyright by permission Ian Grainger
For some maps, check out the maps page.

Buy links: general list,, or other global Amazon sites. Paperback version only at the CreateSpace store: apply special code 365DQESC at the checkout for a discount. The Book Depository offers free world-wide delivery in paperback form as another option.

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ISBN Numbers:
Softback: 978-0993-1684-1-3
ebook (kindle mobi): 978-0993-1684-0-6

Published by Matteh Publications.

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