"A blazing story of survival, perseverance, and kinship...the novel will keep the reader thinking long after they turn the last page." - The Prairies Book Review
"How do individuals rise above their heritage, teachings, and lives to transform in an entirely new way? Haim’s journey is that of “everyman” and will resonate even with readers not normally attracted to historical fiction, or who have little grounding in the era under consideration in Blind Man’s Labyrinth.
Recommended for history, spirituality, and philosophy readers alike, the story is powerful in its juxtaposition of orphans struggling to uncover meaning in a world at war, and brings the times to life in a manner that will appeal to a wide audience. ” - Midwest Book Review
A Jewish civil war is tearing apart northern Israel. In the south, servants of the goddess Ashtaroth abduct unwary refugees. Haim, an unwanted boy, escapes into this nightmarish landscape to find his way in a world gone mad.
92 BCE. A widow and an old scribe together raise Haim, a boy whose lineage cursed him from birth. When Haim is eleven years old, he runs away into a world populated by Samaritan bandits, a cultic pagan temple devoted to horror, and the white‑robed priests of Qumran.
Desperate and lonely, Haim searches for community, friendship, and belonging while being plagued by a hunger for meaning he cannot satisfy.
Blind Man’s Labyrinth is a lyrical historical fiction novel set near the end of the Maccabean period. If you like stories that explore the conflict between survival and morality and ask questions about how outcasts fight against socially systemic cycles of fear and violence in their quest for friendship, kinship, and meaning, then you will love this masterful follow up to Daryl Potter’s deeply moving Keziah’s Song.