In 1999, Voice of the Goddess won the San Diego Book Award for
best unpublished novel. The book and author continue to garner critical
acclaim, awards, and positive reviews.
"Hand vividly portrays a goddess-worshiping society and
its inability to withstand the assault of the patriarchs . . . a
page-turning style that keeps the reader entranced all the way to the
ending that hints at a sure-to-be welcomed sequel."
Booklist-American Library Association
"Superb historical drama! The first novel ever to bring
readers into the utterly alien reality of the Minoan world . . . I
wasn't able to put the book down. For me it was right up there with
James Michener's The Source."
Author of Unearthing Atlantis
"A remarkable book! A moving love story . . . that
recreates the ancient Goddess culture of Crete . . . and an unusual look
at the dual nature of humanity and the warring forces that form our
Author of the Outlander series
"In the vein of Mary Renault: masterfully written,
fast-paced, meticulously researched.
Robert Lawrence Holt
Author of NY Times best-seller Good Friday
"Ability to make the details of philosophy, religion,
and politics clear . . . absolutely awesome."
Judge, Indiana's Golden Opportunity Contest
"What a breath of fresh air. The time period is unique.
The characters are believable and empathetic."
Judge, Barclay Sterling Award
"Wonderful sensuality . . . This proves that even . . .
so-called "hard-to-sell" times periods can be made fascinating in the
hands of a skilled author."
Judge, Ohio's Ignite the Flame Contest
First Place - San Diego Book Awards
Best unpublished Novel - All genres
First Place - Northeast Indiana Romance Authors
"Opening Gambit" - Historical Category
First Place - Sooner Area Romance Authors
"Shooting Stars" - Historical Category
09/15/2000 BOOKLIST - AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Hand, Judith. Voice of the Goddess
This fine example of the emerging genre of visionary
fiction is equal parts historical novel and myth-based fantasy. Hand
uses contemporary archaeological findings about the novel's setting in
ancient Crete to depict a woman-centered society threatened by invading
Indo-Europeans but finally destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Thera.
The heroine, Leesandra, is a Cretan temple priestess in love with a
childhood friend, the half-Greek Alektrion. Few love affairs are as
star-crossed as theirs, for they spend most of time apart and yearning
for one another, Leesandra in training for the bull-leaping contests and
later for priestesshood; Alektrion, in waging war at sea to protect the
island society. When fate finally brings them together, the tumultuous
invasion of Crete ends all hope of reunion. Or does it? Hand vividly
portrays a goddess-worshiping society and its inability to withstand the
assault of the patriarchs. And she does so in a page-turning style that
keeps the reader entranced all the way to an ending that hints at a
sure-to-be-welcomed sequel. - Patricia Monaghan
6/2001 Romantic Times
"Akin to an ancient epic poem . . . a tale with . .all the elements that hold
one spellbound. Like Dorothy Dunnet and Mary Renault, Judith Hand recreates
a lost world with clarity . . . top-notch historical writing from an author
with great promise.- Kathe Robin
Historical Novel Society of the U.K.
"...endearing characters, an atmosphere of danger, elemental nature, and the
dialog of a culture where the Goddess reigns supreme . . . Hand excels at
scene development . . . epic scope evokes the heyday of a lost civilization." - Marcia K. Matthews
03/15/2001 Midwest Book Review - "Internet Bookwatch"
". . . Judith Hand has combined painstaking historical research with
a flair for dramatic story telling that truly immerses the reader into a
time of Bronze Age high culture and a sophisticated society of Mediterranean
goddess-worship of Crete as it existed 1600 years before the birth of Christ.
Voice of the Goddess is Hand's debut as a novelist and we can only look
urgently for her next venture into historic fiction." - Sharon Stuart
"This strongly crafted novel is a compelling love story etched on a lush
canvas of competing Mediterranean cultures as early civilizations clash on
land and at sea-a conflicted world restless with military adventurism. At
the crossroads of contending tyrants, gods, philosophies, religions and
economies stands the serene culture of ancient Crete. Judith Hand invites us
to experience that society's struggle to survive. Her heroes and heroines
are rooted in historical construct. In pursuit of their aspirations, they
make mistakes, ones that could topple one of the loftiest of ancient
cultures. Who then might survive the carnage to carry their examples of
harmony and coexistence to following generations?
Confessing a personal bias, as a retired military officer, I enjoyed the
shrill authentic ring of gnashing swords, the battered groaning shields,
splintered oars and shattered masts so vivid in Judith's battle scenes. War
is not pretty. Killing is not a game. To her credit, Judith did not write
those scenes as entertainments. The human fear, sweat, blood, exhaustion,
revulsion and tears weren't omitted." - Newell Tarrant CDR-USN (Ret)