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Hand of Miriam (A Bayla and the Golem Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Eva Gordon

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On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or Knowing Eye. Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem; a mythical man of clay, who protected the Jewish community over three centuries ago.
The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom –by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet, Bayla challenges his mind, body and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?
Besides, dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel.
Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other, while protecting the world from encroaching evil.

About the Author

Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production. Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She once taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in her den writing, she can be found at steampunk conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure. Visit her website: www.ravenauthor.com

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494302802
  • Publisher: Eva Gordon; 1 edition (Dec 6 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H5FW3C6
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk, Jewisih Mythology and Romance....what more could you want? Dec 18 2013
By D Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hand of Miriam
A Bayla and the Golem Novel (book 1)
by Eva Gordon

This is the first Steampunk novel I have read. I have wanted to read one for a while now and jumped at the chance to read this one. I think it was a great look into the steampunk world for me.

The Hand of Miriam by Eva Gordon combines the steampunk world, Jewish Mythology and romance into a wonderful book that kept me wanting more.

I look forward to the next installment of Bayla and the Golem.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful steampunk adventure Jan. 21 2014
By Lara Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hand of Miriam by Eva Gordon is a cleverly written, imaginative steampunk adventure that keeps the reader engaged and turning pages right from the start. Well-developed characters, perfect timing and fabulous flavor will make this story a favorite of all steampunk, as well as romance, lovers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. Lots of storyline Feb. 6 2014
By Jacqueline S. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In Hand of Miriam Ms. Gordon blends actual history but twists it to give it a paranormal and mystical quality that will have you wondering what will happen next. It is action plotted with a female hero that is timeless. Love is in the air, but is it attainable when danger stocks Bayla?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars steampunk, spooky mystery Feb. 28 2014
By clarice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Steampunk, Victorian, with a little mix in of Goth, Hand of Miriam is a mixture of novel I am personally not familiar with, but very much enjoyed reading. And it even added some supernatural with werewolves, vampires, wraiths, with the main points of interest being angels and demons.

Bayla Gideon is on an archaeological expedition when her husband dies and she is the only survivor to the freak storm that happens. During this time Bayla is branded with the Hand of Miriam, an all seeing eye that can sense evil and allows her to know the thoughts of others when left uncovered. Desperate to keep herself alive while creatures ranging from rogue werewolves to demons try to attack her, she awakens the Golem in the archives at her home and frees him from his curse.
In Jewish legend a golem is a clay figure brought to life by magic.
The Golem is named Gesher. He was a fallen angel that was made into a Golem to serve whoever awakened him. Because Bayla allows Gesher to destroy the very thing that awakened him, he is now able to change from the scary and imposing clay man into a more normal looking man, although he still has the hardened body of a warrior and has scars where his wings used to be. Because he fought the angel of death to keep a child from dying in a family that had already lost so much, he was stripped of his wings and sent to Earth as the Golem. However, there was the possibility of his returning to Heaven one day should he redeem himself. That was all good until he went and fell in love with the beautiful, independent, and head strong Bayla Gideon. Now he must make the decision to either stay on Earth with her or return to Heaven. Before it had been an easy choice. Now he found himself thinking he didn't want to live without her.
The Hand of Miriam had not only given her the power to discern evil where it was present, but also the gift of immortality, if she could keep herself alive. She was not immune to illness or accident. That is why she needs Gesher, but her feelings for the tall and crazy handsome fallen angel are causing her to want him to stay permanently on Earth. But she refuses to be the one that keeps an angel on Earth. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose killing prostitutes within the city and someone is killing female vampires as well. The killer has been named Jack the Ripper and Bayla starts suspecting that perhaps even one of the Grigori, a secret society which even involves Queen Victoria and all things supernatural, might be the culprit. She has no idea just how deep it will go and just how in danger she is. Gesher has his work cut out for him keeping Bayla safe from those that would do her harm.

As I said before, this novel is a very different read from my norm. But if you like all things paranormal/supernatural, angels and demons type thing, then you should try this book out. With a hint of spooky and a hot fallen angel, it is sure to keep your attention. I do find it a very strange element to the story that Bayla has to keep her hand uncovered for the marking to work. And the fact that it can be fooled as well, it is just very difficult to do so. But the dirigibles, strange machines, and unconventionality of the story really work for it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Genre-Crossing Steampunk Romance, And More... Feb. 24 2014
By Jamila Perpetua - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
THE HAND OF MIRIAM is officially the most creative, inventive book I've had the pleasure to read in a very long time. It's most definitely genre-bending "gothic steampunk romance," with supernatural creatures, a secret society, serial killers, a fallen-angel-turned-golem, and one bluestocking widow caught up in the midst of adventure and danger.

Bayla Gideon, the main character, loses her archaeologist husband in a tragic and mysterious accident in the Egyptian desert. That same accident leaves her hand branded with a hamsa, a mark that allows her to sense evil intent. More importantly, it allows her to see otherworldly creatures... and allows them to see her. With vampires, rogue werewolves, and demons on her tail, she's in grave need of protection. She finds that in the form of the ancient golem, Gesher, who just happens to be a stunningly gorgeous, somewhat arrogant, but incredibly caring fallen angel.

There's a lot to love about this book: the complex world-building, the vivid characters, the forbidden romance that builds between Bayla and Gesher. What jumps out to me as one of the most original aspects of the book, however, is the use of Jewish legend and lore. Author Eva Gordon does an amazing job of drawing upon the story of the Golem of Prague along with other bits of Jewish culture and mythology. It makes for a unique backdrop, one that enriches the novel and provides a depth to Bayla and Gesher's relationship that I really enjoy.

The blend of steampunk and gothic supernatural mystery also works quite well here. There are dark, moody castles, dastardly people doing dastardly deeds, and a whole universe of otherworldly creatures, shrouded from the view of most humans. There is so much being woven together that it almost shouldn't work, and yet it does--lots of interconnected pieces, an intricate hidden world with a structure all its own.

And speaking of the characters--one of the things I really like about the hero and heroine are their flaws. Bayla is smart, courageous, and passionate; she forges ahead even after her life is irrevocably changed through tragedy and her newfound powers. But she has a nasty habit or two that sometimes cripples her judgment. And Gesher has contradictions of his own that he struggles with: arrogance and the desire to serve, the longing to return to heaven warring with his growing love for Bayla.

What else can I say? This was one of those books that I gave me the "full-immersion" experience, the sense that I was right alongside Bayla and Gesher throughout their adventures. I can't wait till the next book is published!

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