Voice Of The Goddess

Written by Judith Hand
Review by Marcia K. Matthews

The first person narrator weaves her spell with endearing characters, an atmosphere of danger, elemental nature, and the dialog of a culture where the Goddess reigns supreme. Crete was called Keftiu in 1628 B.C., and the Minoans were Keftians. Leesandra, the young daughter of priestess Danae on an island north of Keftiu called Kalliste (present-day Santorini) falls in love with an outsider, Alektrion.

After an earthquake, Leesandra experiences a trance and hears the voice of the Goddess, a murmur she can’t understand. Her mother believes she is called to be a priestess, but Leesandra rebels. Only when the Goddess speaks plainly does Leesandra heed her calling, travel to Knossos and learn the art of bull-dancing.

Author Judith Hand excels at scene development. Her thorough research gives depth to the atmosphere. The two main characters’ lives run parallel due to similar traits of courage, ambition and discipline. In third person alternating chapters, Alektrion experiences political intrigue and sea battles in the Keftian navy. He rises in the ranks while keeping pure his Goddess worship and love of Leesandra.

The nobility of these characters in times of peril gives dignity to a magical world where women were revered and, with epic scope, evokes the heyday of a lost civilization.