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""If the path of obedience is the path of wisdom, it is one not well worn by my feet. I am Adira, daughter of the caravan, daughter of the wind, and daughter of the famed merchant, Zakiti. That I am his daughter, not his son, is a secret between my father and myself.""Secretly raised as a boy in her father's caravan and schooled in languages and the fine art of negotiation""If the path of obedience is the path of wisdom, it is one not well worn by my feet. I am Adira, daughter of the caravan, daughter of the wind, and daughter of the famed merchant, Zakiti. That I am his daughter, not his son, is a secret between my father and myself.""Secretly raised as a boy in her father's caravan and schooled in languages and the fine art of negotiation, Adira rejects the looming changes of womanhood that threaten her nomadic life and independence. With the arrival of two mysterious Northmen, rumored to be holy men, Adira's world unravels. She loses everything she values most, including the "Angel" who has awakened her desires. Caught between her culture and freedom, and tormented by impossible love, she abandons all she has known in a dangerous quest to follow the "Angels." With only her beloved dog, Nami, at her side, Adira must use all the skills she learned from her father to survive the perils of the desert, Sodom, and her own heart.Angels at the Gate is a story of adventure and the power of love, a compelling saga based on historical research about the ancient biblical world of Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the woman who "became a pillar of salt." Like T.K. Thorne's previous award-winning novel, "Noah's Wife," this book brings to life early history in a new light and gives it relevance in the most ancient of ways - an enticing story.ARCs available now!Publicity, Media, Bloggers etc. please contact:Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc.322 Eighth AvenueSuite 1702New York, NY 10001Contact:Jane Wesman ( Sinusas ( 620-4080fax 212"...

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Angels at the Gate Reviews

  • Melinda
    2019-02-04 08:47

    Thorne once again serves her female protagonist well. Not surprising since her forte is in characterization paying homage to the strength and intelligence of women. A must have for this reviewer, a strong, independent, courageous, intelligent female protagonist, without this I am completely disappointed, shrinking violets are my nemesis. Kudos to Thorne for delivering another wonderful leading female in all her beautiful splendor.A rich atmospheric read, from the barren cruel desert landscape, to the differing tribes. You are steeped in great details – feeling the oppressive scorching sun, the musty smell of camels to the varying languages and traditions practiced by individual tribes, the putrid smell of pitch. The hustle and bustle of Babylon, from the cries of the hawkers, to the throngs of people you feel the vibe of this vibrant colorful city.Thorne’s gift of fully developed charachterzation is evident with Adir/Adira. Other characters such as Mika, Raph are equally developed. Adira is strong willed, fearless and courageous, every bit a heroine. Lot and his family could have been expanded upon, as is minimum is shared.I felt time in Sodom was lagging, an unmistakable lull causing the narrative to drag, downright boring . Once Raph and Mika reentered the plot the pace quickened. Minor blights.With the environs featured, the wonderful charachterzation along with adventure and action creates a memorable read. Thorne brilliantly incorporates the biblical story with clever fiction without detracting from religion, portrayed in a respectful manner

  • Sheree Gibson
    2019-02-09 10:45

    Excellent book. The author does a wonderful job keeping the reader engaged. Very informative both historically and culturally. ~~~In compliance with FTC rules, this was free via Goodreads, First Reads~~~

  • Sharon Mariampillai
    2019-01-28 08:54

    This was a fantastic read. As a Christian, I loved how the author, T. K. Thorne portrayed a Biblical character. I really loved the story. It really showed the special bond between a father and his daughter as he taught her everything as if she were born a son. That is the relationship between Adira and her father, Zakiti. Adira was an incredible character. She is strong-willed and she knows how to take care of herself. Her father is killed, and she begins her journey to find who killed him. Along the way, she falls in love with the "Angel," while her father has chosen another man. I found this part really interesting as it is the line between following her heart, or following the wishes of her father that she loved so deeply. I loved Nami for also being by Adira's side. The story was action-packed and the writing style was amazing. I recommend this book to all Christians. I thought this was an inspiring story. I am now a fan of T. K. Thorne. I can't wait to read more of her books. Overall, an amazing read.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-27 09:51

    I received an ARC of Angels at the Gate from the publisher (thanks!)T.K. Thorne's ability to transport the reader to another time and place is amazing. The bible story of Lot's nameless wife starts out with a desert trading caravan where Adira, disguised as a boy for safety, travels with her father. The appearance of a couple of mysterious strangers begins an incredible journey ending at, of course, Sodom, but not the way you've learned in Sunday school. The smells of the desert, it's creatures and inhabitants; the cooking fires, rugs, the grit of windswept sand everywhere- Thorne's expert imagery combine to add another dimension to this story. Loved every bit of it. Anxious to get a copy of Thorne's first book about another woman of the bible, Noah's Wife- I'm sorry I've left reading it this long!#Readukkah

  • Laura Parenteau
    2019-02-14 13:45

    Full disclosure, I am T.K. Thorne's sister, but even if I wasn't I would still be her number one fan. I was worried about this novel--how could she possibly write another historical biblical fiction that was as good as her debut, Noah's Wife? Again, she had me at the first paragraph. Her novels are filled with bits of wisdom and humor and there is always a bigger picture to discuss.

  • Kelly-lynne
    2019-01-26 14:45

    Just finished reading and writing a review for TK Thorne. See my review of her latest novel, Angels at the Gate at my blog site: Historical Fiction Addicts or click on this link to take you directly to the review.

  • Kyle Wendy Skultety (
    2019-02-03 14:57

    This review originally appeared on my blog at is known about Lot’s wife, the unnamed biblical figure who was turned into a pillar of salt as she fled the destruction of Sodom. But for writer T.K. Thorne, just one reference was enough to ignite her imagination and form the basis for her dazzling new novel, ANGELS AT THE GATE (Cappuccino Books, March 2015). Like Noah’s Wife, Thorne’s highly praised debut, this book brings the ancient world to life through the eyes of an extraordinary woman.Based on historical, biblical, and archaeological research, visits to the Middle East, and a large measure of creativity, ANGELS AT THE GATE is the story of Adira, destined to become Lot’s wife. A daughter of Abram’s tribe, Adira is an impetuous young girl whose mother died in childbirth. Secretly raised as a boy in her father’s caravan and schooled in languages and the art of negotiation, Adira rejects the looming changes of womanhood that threaten her nomadic life and independence.But with the arrival of two mysterious strangers – Northmen rumored to be holy or possibly even “Angels” – Adira’s world unravels. Raiders invade the caravan, and she loses everything she values most – her father, her freedom, and even the “Angels.”Caught between her oath to her father to return to her tribe and the “proper life for a woman” and tormented by an impossible love, she abandons all she has known in a dangerous quest to seek revenge and find her kidnapped “Angel.” With only her beloved dog, Nami, at her side, Adira must use the skills she learned in the caravan to survive the perils of the desert, Sodom, and her own heart.ANGELS AT THE GATE is a story of adventure and the power of love, exploring themes about choice – the importance of asking the right questions and walking the fine edge between duty and personal freedom.Many thanks to Felicia at Jane Wesman Public Relations for offering me this book in exchange for an honest review. Even more thanks for working with us to do this book giveaway! Click the link, or enter at the bottom of the page. Both are fine!I will admit I was a little hesitant going into this book because I don’t care to read things with a religious slant. However, I was delightfully surprised to realize though there was a strong undercurrent of religion in the book, it consisted of the character’s beliefs and how those beliefs affect their actions.There is so much goodness in this book I’m not sure where to start. The character of Adira is wonderfully written: a strong and impetuous girl on the cusp of womanhood, torn between her own yearnings and her devotion to her father and the promises he made when she was born. I felt her passion on every page, and suffered along with her as the cruel desert showed its ugliness.The amount of research the author did was staggering, and it’s evidenced in the exquisite description of the nomads and their existence. The constant quest for water, the undying Sahara sun, and the beautiful Saluki named Nami come to life as the story unfolds. We learn about honor, promises, the fragility of life, and the unforgiving nature of the desert.To take an unnamed character and create a book around her is a daunting undertaking, and Thorne does Adira true justice. I loved that she was a girl who wasn’t afraid to take risks, who defended her caravan, and loved her dog Nami with every bone in her body. For me, the book took on an extra dimension as Nami was an essential character.Not everything is beauty and pleasure, however. Adira runs afoul of desert marauders and this affects the rest of her existence. My heart broke as this injustice was done, thanks to the author’s skill in showing, not telling. At that point she becomes Lot’s wife and enters the city of Sodom to live, which brings the book towards its conclusion. I so wanted Adira to be happy and loved…and I was hanging on every word at the end when she had a choice to make.ANGELS AT THE GATE is phenomenally, hauntingly, fantastically written. Adira is a character not soon forgotten, and the images of the nomads and the blistering hot city of Sodom will stay with you long after you close the book. Even if you have no knowledge or interest in the Bible or the characters–pick this up. The story is wonderful all by itself. You can get your own copy here.

  • Perle Champion
    2019-02-17 14:55

    In Angels At The Gate, another nameless woman from the bible comes to life under T.K. Thorne’s deft hand. An amazing storyteller, Thorne takes us back in time to 1748 BCE. It is the time of Abraham, of Lot, of men believed to be angels and messengers of God, and it is the time of the infamous Sodom and Gomorrah.As she did in Noah’s Wife, Thorne gives us a brilliantly imagined alternate history. She gives a face, a name, a life to another faceless, nameless woman of the bible. Here it is Lot’s wife - Adira.We follow the fortunes of this young woman. Called Adir, a male’s name, Adira is raised as a boy. As member of her stern but loving father’s caravan, she is schooled in the art of trade negotiations, the languages of the people in the lands they traverse, and duty. Under the sterner hand of the caravan’s cook, Chiram, she learns the meaning of hard work, loss and love.She observes and appreciates the freedom allowed her male persona, which the females around her will never know. The woman in her stirs; however, every time the tall blue-eyed stranger comes near. Though the man and his brother are thought to be messengers of god, she cannot help the feelings and the fervent wish, at least for him, to reveal the woman she is.Adira’s father sees his daughter coming to an age where her womanhood becomes obvious. It is a dangerous thing among the tribes, this deception. A woman would be put to death for daring such. He tells Adira she must go live with women relatives, but Adira balks and gets her way to stay one last time.The reprieve is cut short all too soon, and her cherished childhood comes to an abrupt end. The life she knew and people she loved are ripped away. With only her faithful and much loved dog, Nami, she embarks on a path in pursuit of the messengers of god. The winding path takes her through trials and triumphs, and eventually to Lot’s house and Sodom. To tell you more would require a ‘spoiler alert’ and I will not do that.Thorne’s agile imagination and extensive research, give Adira a believable history - a name, a life and a story worthy of writing and reading about. Here we have the story of the woman who would be Lot’s wife, Adira, imagined as it could have been, and who can say Thorne didn’t channel it as it really was.

  • Kim
    2019-02-05 09:48

    I've been in quite a slump lately with trying to find a historical fiction novel that will hold my interest and bring to life a world that you can only dream or read about. Well, T.K. Thorne delivered!! Angels at the Gate is one of the best books I've read this year! It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. T.K. brings to life the biblical world of Abraham and Lot, and a character in the Bible that all we knew about was that she was Lot's wife and while escaping Sodom she looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.Adira is a fifteen year old girl disguised as a boy so she can stay with her widowed father Zakiti who is a famed merchant. Adira is wildly independent and highly educated, being raised as a boy has shown her all the freedom men have and all the struggles and lack of freedom that women have. With the arrival of two mysterious Northmen who are rumored to be holy men, her whole world unravels. Her father wants her to live with Abraham and his wife Sarai and become the woman that she really is. She balks at this idea, she wants to stay with her father and travel with his caravan, her father decides to let her stay one more year with him. During this time she falls in love with one of the holy men and wants to tell him that she is a woman not a boy, but before she can tell him tragedy strikes. She experiences great loss and many trials that push her to the breaking point. With only the help of her loyal dog Nami she embarks on journey to find the man she loves. This novel has everything a reader could want: love, loss, adventure and plenty of drama!

  • Lenora Rogers
    2019-02-15 16:40

    Angels at The Gate is a fantastic book. T.K. Thorne has yet again brought to life another Biblical character. I was instantly drawn to the relationship Adira has with her father, Zakiti. A father that loves his daughter wants the best for her, and in a time where women had roles of domesticity, Zakiti teaches her everything he would have taught ifshe were a son. Her true Identity of being a woman has to be disguised, so she will pretend to be a boy. Adira is amazing. She is a strong willed woman and she can take care of herself. She is tested when she loses her father but she will stop at nothing to find his killers. She doesn't count on falling in love, she is to marry the man her father chose but her love for the "Angel" will leave her wanting to reveal herself, but first she has other matters to take care of. Also Adira has a loyal companion in her dog "Nami" always by her side. This novel has so much in it, you will not want to put it down. Adventure, Drama, Love and losses. I am absolutely enthralled with the writing of T. K. Thorne. I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. Are you ready for a great page turner ?

  • Akantha
    2019-01-17 15:47

    I received this book through a First Reads Giveaway (thanks!).Adira, disguised as a boy, is happy just in her role as the caravan master’s son. Then various misfortunes happen and she must travel across the desert, through Canaan and Babylon, all while trying to keep her disguise and find the things she lost. I liked Adira – often when there’s a headstrong character they are completely lacking in sense. Adira is refreshingly practical despite her impulses. The supporting characters were also very charming. The antagonists tended to be a little flat, but it wasn’t important given that it’s really a coming of age story, and as such a story, it does very well.Recommended, especially if you like historical fiction.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-17 12:44

    This was a really creative story, I guess what you would call biblical fiction. I really enjoyed it. Good pacing and wonderful characters.I want to go back and read her first book, Noah's Wife. Also I think this book would make an excellent movie!!

  • Sweetpea
    2019-02-02 15:40

    I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Great book, well written and engaging.

  • Gail Strickland
    2019-02-01 17:00

    By the author of Noah's Wife, Angels at the Gate is supposedly about Lot's wife-you know, the one who turned into a pillar of salt when, against God's command,she looked back at Sodom? Or did she?

  • Fran
    2019-01-24 13:55

    ANGELS AT THE GATE : T. K. Thorne Take a trip back in time when young women were denied many freedoms and some had to live within the confines of their father’s rule. Adira learned at an early age that in order to remain with her father after her mother died she would have to be raised as a male child. Called Adir, Adira learned to adjust to the life of a young boy taught many basic skills, being part of her father’s caravan, learning how to deal with trade negotiations, able to speak many languages and understand her plight in life. Learning to cope with the loss of a parent is difficult and having to deal with the caravan’s cook would instruct her in the true meaning of hard work, loss and trying to fit in. With no brothers or sisters and only a father to guide her she learns many important lessons but the most valuable is What are the right questions to ask? This would guide her in many ways. As the story unfolds we learn much about her relationship with her father, his place in the caravan, her friendships which are few, dealing with the cook’s son, fighting for her rights, and earning her punishments and rewards. Learning that boys have more freedoms she does not really balk at having to pretend to be a male. Girls and females will not have the same opportunities afforded to her but things will eventually change, her appearance might give away that she’s a girl and her hormones might take over which would cause alarm. Meeting two strangers who have difficulty speaking, warned they are not be trusted, she enters into a bargain hoping to be rewarded with a goat for teaching them words and her language in order to avenge the death of her dog Nami’s puppies. The two strangers almost hypnotize Adira as they seem to be messengers of god but when raiders come in and take one of them away, steal their horses, weapons and her dog, Adira professes revenge as one more sadness comes her way. As Mika the brother of the angel is angered by his loss, Adira returns to find her father fatally injured as he dies in her arms but not before promising him something she is not sure she can deliver. The live she lived was filled with love, her father’s guidance and learning what questions to ask. But, when her father’s life is taken, her dog is gone and one of the messenger of god taken away, Adira is determined to find the killer, rescue the angel and avenge her father’s death. Knowing that her promise was to obey Adram and Sarai and live in Lot’s house in Sodom. Young and definitely having her own mind Adira losing her mother at childbirth has only her father until fate takes him away. Adira finds herself living a life that her father chose for her but as she grows and meets the two mysterious stranger, who are Northmen, her inner women seems to come out and her life as she knows it might change. Are these men Angels of El or God? Losing her father, her freedom and everything that matters and the Angels too, will she keep her word to her father and return to the tribe and live the life of a woman or will she seek revenge, retribution and find her kidnapped angel? Promising to become the daughter to her uncle and aunt, can she live the life of a female with the restrictions placed on them that she never had to endure before? As Adira comes to Lot’s tent and realizes that it has been ransacked and pilfered she and Nami plus Mika head off into the desert to find Raph, her father’s killer and maybe even her real self. As Raph was taken and his brother Mika pleaded with his captors to go in his place, he and Nami are no longer with her and she needs to find a way to save them both. Within her journey Mika becomes ill, Nami finds his way back to her and Adira uses every ounce of her father’s training to make sure that Mika survives. Are Raph and Mika really angels and what are they here? Are they on a secret mission hoping to find Abram and who are they really and why is Adira so determined to find Raph? How do her feelings as a woman come through? Assimilating within another tribe, hoping to be accepted something happens that alerts the members that she is not what she professes to be. What happens when they realize she is a girl? How does Mika cover for her and will the women accept her at all? Adira has many conflicting emotions as the author takes us on many journeys across the deserts and next into Babylonia where she hopes to find more answers but not before she confronts her father’s killer, has to make a decision about what to do about the caravan cook and look deep within herself to find the real Adira. A world filled with standards, a caste system and a pecking order you might say of how women, men and children are viewed Angels of the Gate gives readers much pause for thought and to reflect on your own lives. When her father is killed she is supposed to remain with Abram and Sarai but does not. Why live within the restrictions imposed by others? But, before she can decide on her life she must find Raph, decide where she belongs and remember what her father taught her: to ask the right questions! Why does Adira find it in her heart to go after Raph? Why does she risk it all to help save Mika? Nami is her hunting dog and seems to have a special power or control over Adira. Things spiral out of control when Adira finds herself in front of the king of Babylonia and the high priestess. Mika is with her and Raph is found but the promises and allegiances made would cause changes within her life that she might regret. Mika is forced to remain in the charge of the King in order to help foretell the future while the rest are given certain rewards and their freedom. But, no one realizes that the guards sent with him or her to protect their journey to Sodom have other plans in mind. With Ishmael and Eliezer along for the first part of the journey with Raph and Chiram, little did they realize the danger they were in. When Raph decides to leave them and take the special stone back to his people, the guards use that as the impetus to take control. Adira is critically wounded and will never bare any children and one side of her face is destroyed. Hate, deceptions, disloyalties and much more come to light, as Adira has to fight her way back. Marrying Lot was because her family arranged the marriage yet Lot never really wanted her to sleep beside him. More like a marriage of convenience with his two daughters close by and often finding himself wandering at night into their rooms. With the city of Sodom angry with Lot, water supply low and the threat of Mot’s tongue coming up again to cause the city to burn fear is consumed in the hearts of the people and many attempts on the lives of Lot’s family and Lot are made. But, when Nami goes missing and cannot be found Adira’s whole world collapses. Trying to cope with what is left of her life, Adira realizes changes need to be made but how? Lila her handmaid is now her slave and their friendship is closer than two sisters. With her childhood friend Danel, Mika, Raph and Shem, maybe she has a chance at a new life. But, Adira stands strong and will not falter when asked to leave Sodom, as she is Lot’s wife. Throughout the novel the author quotes from the Book of Genesis helping readers understand what is about to come within the chapter that follows explaining what the characters might do and the actions that the Bible relates.Strong minded, headstrong, loyal, smart, cunning and persistent Adira will never give up on her quest to honor her father’s wishes or protect the ones she loves. Will she give up everything for the Angels? Why did they come back? How does she deal with her final fate? What does she decide to do when the question us not: Would I dishonor my father by disobeying him? The question is: Why did he have her swear to Sarai? Without any safety net or happiness being married to Lot what would you do if you were Adira? The research is extensive the story is heartbreaking yet hopeful as Adira is definitely someone to admire. When reading this novel you can picture the desert scenes, see the cracked lips of the characters when water is scarce, feel the pain as Adira is beaten and the sharp edge of her knife when it pierces her enemy. The blazing sun burns their skin, the stench in Sodom and the small quarters she lives in as prejudice, injustice, cruelties as author T.K. Thorne takes readers deep inside the heart, thoughts and mind of Adira as she relates the events in her own words as you take the journey back in time. Sodom is about to disintegrate; El is angry with the people and provides an ending that is dramatic, explosive and heartfelt. Angels at the Gate: Love, Hate, resentment, revenge, sadness, love, loyalty and hope. Survival comes at a high price for so many. This is one novel that will cause readers to have much pause for thought. Reading this novel took time in order to appreciate the research, hear the voices of all of the characters, and understand Adira’s rationale and thinking in many situations and hoping that in the end she would prevail. Great novel. Extensive research and FIVE GOLDEN ANGELS Fran Lewis: Just Reviews

  • Aurora
    2019-01-29 10:43

    Name of Book: Angels at the GateAuthor: T.K ThorneISBN: 978-3-906-196-02-2Publisher: Cappuccino booksType of book: 1748-1746 PME, Abram, Sarai, Babylon, caravan, desert, survival, dog and human bond, gritty life, disguised as a boy, bible as modern stories, watchers, stories of Enoch, the Stonehenge temples, Middle East, early beliefs, angelsYear it was published: 2015Summary:Little is known about Lot’s wife, the unnamed biblical figure who was turned into a pillar of salt as she fled the destruction of Sodom. But for writer T.K. Thorne, just one reference was enough to ignite her imagination and form the basis for her dazzling new novel, ANGELS AT THE GATE (Cappuccino Books, March 2015). Like Noah’s Wife, Thorne’s highly praised debut, this book brings the ancient world to life through the eyes of an extraordinary woman.Based on historical, biblical, and archaeological research, visits to the Middle East, and a large measure of creativity, ANGELS AT THE GATE is the story of Adira, destined to become Lot’s wife. A daughter of Abram's tribe, Adira is an impetuous young girl whose mother died in childbirth. Secretly raised as a boy in her father’s caravan and schooled in languages and the art of negotiation, Adira rejects the looming changes of womanhood that threaten her nomadic life and independence.But with the arrival of two mysterious strangers – Northmen rumored to be holy or possibly even “Angels” – Adira’s world unravels. Raiders invade the caravan, and she loses everything she values most – her father, her freedom, and even the “Angels.”Caught between her oath to her father to return to her tribe and the “proper life for a woman” and tormented by an impossible love, she abandons all she has known in a dangerous quest to seek revenge and find her kidnapped “Angel.” With only her beloved dog, Nami, at her side, Adira must use the skills she learned in the caravan to survive the perils of the desert, Sodom, and her own heart.ANGELS AT THE GATE is a story of adventure and the power of love, exploring themes about choice – the importance of asking the right questions and walking the fine edge between duty and personal freedom.Based on a simple mention in the Bible, T.K. Thorne has developed a complex and full-bodied character in the wife of Lot, a woman both ancient and modern, who will touch readers’ hearts, and live in their memories for years to come. As Dianne Mooney, founder of Southern Living At Home says, “For all those whose curiosity is piqued by how it might have been in the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, this is a must read!”“A masterpiece of historical research, interweaving history and theology in a re-visioningof an ancient story from a woman’s perspective. Thorne is a dazzlingly gifted writer.”–Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, 2003-2012“Thorne unspools an ancient adventure with crackling undertonesof our contemporary lives. Lean, polished action sequences rendera young woman’s life with both intensity and nuanced truth.”–Dale Short, public radio commentator and author of A Shinning, Shinning PathCharacters:The main character is Adir/Adira, a spunky, tomboyish young woman who is forced to pass off as a man. She is loyal, disobedient, and incredibly resourceful when it comes to survival and withstanding the difficulty of life. She really has tenacity and courage to do what she can for those she cares about. There is also the dog, Nami, Adira's best friend and companion who is loyal and only wants to please her mistress. Mika is thought of as an "angel" by Adira, the caravan and other people they meet. He is a healer, curious, and speaks very little. Raph is Mika's brother who happens to be a warrior and is more flashy than earthy. Its interesting in how Lot is portrayed, and its also an interesting way in how the author handles him. Lot is, well, best described as wealthy, obnoxious, insulting, rude, spiteful, and has very inappropriate relations.Theme:Accept yourselfPlot:The story is written in first person narrative from Adir/Adira's point of view. Like Noah's Wife, its filled with amazing attention to detail, gritty life during that time which will not be agreeable to modern sensibilities, an adventurous story of survival in the desert and a love bond between an animal and a human being. The dog itself is drawn as a human and during certain times I became very heartbroken by what happened to her. Last but not least, there is an evolution of beliefs, from the time that Noah and his wife believed in mother and father god, to where ideas about monotheism begin to form. A very informative and a worthwhile read.Author Information:(FROM HFVBT)Buy Angels at the GateAmazonBarnes & NobleAbout the Author03_Author TK. ThorneT.K. Thorne’s childhood passion for storytelling deepened when she became a police officer in Birmingham, Alabama. “It was a crash course in life and what motivated and mattered to people.” When she retired as a captain, she took on Birmingham’s business improvement district as the executive director. Both careers provide fodder for her writing, which has garnered several awards, including “Book of the Year for Historical Fiction” (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut novel Noah’s Wife. Her first non-fiction book, Last Chance for Justice, was featured on the New York Post’s “Books You Should Be Reading” list. She loves traveling, especially to research her novels, and speaking about her books and life lessons. She writes at her mountaintop home, often with two dogs by her side and a cat on her lap.She blogs at and her web site is You can also find her onFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign Up for T.K. Thorne’s newsletter.Opinion:Since I've read and loved Noah's Wife by the same author, I've really jumped aboard in learning more about Lot's wife and Lot's family. The author doesn't disappoint in once more stripping away biblical myths and goes deeper into how these myths were formed. Its an excellent adventure story with a very strong woman heroine and I really felt as if I was back in time with Adira, going through the desert caravan and meeting people of the past, biblical and non-biblical. When comparing it to Noah's Wife, there does seem to be something missing from it, which I can't quite put my finger on it, or perhaps in some ways I was a bit disappointed with the direction that the story took place. Also, if you're a dog lover, you're in for a treat. An excellent and a quick read. I think I understand now what might be missing: in Noah's Wife, it feels as if the author literally peeled away layers of myths and exposed the readers to what might be truths (there are grains of truth in every myth,) but with this one there seemed to be more hesitancy and a little more uncertainty. By the way, this is not a traditional biblical story, but its a story of truths behind the myths.This is for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, and I won this from Goodreads First Reads Program

  • Rachel
    2019-01-22 13:59

    One of the most fascinating things about biblical literature, particularly retellings about the scarcely-defined female characters, is comparing outcomes. I ultimately preferred Michal Lemberger's take on King David's family in her "After Abel and Other Stories," vs the novel "A Secret Chord" by Geraldine Brooks. But for any flaws in this novel, I do think it provides a more intriguing picture of Lot's wife than Lemberger did. Still love that collection of short stories, though! :p. Comprehensively, I give it a higher rating.The tale of Lot's wife, and of his daughters, is so incredibly vague that modern writers can have a lot of leeway. Both Lemberger and Thorne focused on Lot offering up his daughters to the men of Sodom, and then the subsequent destruction of the city (though Thorne's novel goes back further, too). Lemberger imagines Lot's wife, whom she names Puha, desperately trying to save her daughters from a group of wholly lecherous men. In so doing, she knocks over an urn or something, and *she*, not G-d, burns Sodom to the ground. So the story, which started with Puha attempting to rescue innocents, ends with her feelings of guilt.Thorne's story centers on Lot's second wife, Adira, who is even younger than his daughters. Lot's "guests" are more or less men here (I don't think they were described as angels in Lemberger's tale, either,) though they do have a supernatural reputation and Lot sees them as messengers from Gd, referred to here as El. The men of the town are angry at Lot's constant preaching against their polygamous gods, and they turn violent. The messengers, and other men of the household, protect the women. Lot's attempted sexual sacrifice of his daughters is cowardly on two levels--he wants to maintain that he's a good host by not giving up his guests, and he also wants to protect the fact that he's impregnated both of his daughters. Thorne turns the story of sexual abuse in his household to be more traditional (father abusing his daughters) rather than the biblical account of the daughters seducing their father because--gasp--he has no male heirs. Patriarchy, guys.But the story of Lot's wife starts a few years earlier, when she is Adir, a girl disguised as a boy in her father's caravan. This basically gives Thorne the excuse to write her as a stereotypical, Mary Sue tomboy; I didn't like this section so much. "Adir" was skilled at most everything he did, from trading to teaching languages to espionage and single-handedly tracking down his father's killers. He even keeps his (soon to be her) future lover alive, while he's on the brink of death in the middle of the desert.As a girl, Adira is more of a real person. She experiences sexism and even abuse that disfigures her for the rest of her life. I'm not saying that being abused is more real than being a tomboy; it's the aftermath, where she has to grow and adapt to a less perfect reality. I liked her strength of character far better then. She's taken to the head of her tribe--Abram, with his wives, Sarai and Hagar--and married off to Lot, after the death of his first wife.There's a lot in this book that isn't "monotheistic" as Jews/Christians/Muslims understand it today, but it seems true to history. Like Anita Diamant, Thorne cites historical reference that claims a lingering polytheism during the time that Abram would've been alive. I'm also debating whether I see this book as "Jewish" fiction or not. I tend to determine Jewish fiction as written by Jewish authors (I don't have that Intel, in this case,) and/or about Jewish themes. Thorne predominately cites Jewish and non-religious academic sources in her bibliography. And there is no foreshadowing going on about how the events in the novel are *really* about the coming of Jesus. Most of the foreshadowing is about how Ishmael (a teenager here) and Sarai's unborn son will head nations. Thorne is, in fact, agnostic in this book, and though she describes miraculous things and the Abrahamic family, she doesn't necessarily believe in any gods. The prose is a little purple, especially when Adira (still under cover) has her first crush, and she makes reference to taking inspiration from some contested academia. But this is fiction, not nonfiction, and Thorne does an amazing job of making ancient Canaan and Bablonia feel like real, physical places. And I wish Lot's daughters had more personality than just being the "evil stepsisters" archetype. A lot of "Adir's" personal story is pure adventure fantasy, but ultimately there's more here, too.

  • April Wood
    2019-02-16 12:44

    What's It About?Angels at the Gate is a historical, biblical fiction about the life of Adira, Zakiti’s daughter, destined to become Lot’s second wife. Author T.K. Thorne tells Adira’s story based on biblical text and her own imagination.Raised as a boy, “Adir” learned to manage animals, and travel with the caravan, picking up many languages as they went on their travels, as well as the fine art of negotiation.As she gets older, her father, Zakiti, insists she claim her birthright to be a woman, but Adira is afraid to leave her father and their caravan. It is a dangerous world for women, and she is content with her lie. Besides, she prefers her independent life.Then, two tall men arrive and seek refuge with Zakiti. Her uncle Abram believes these giants were angels sent from El.For the first time, Adira has feelings for one of the brothers. But as a “male”, she hasn’t a chance…When raiders looking for the brothers murder her father, steal her dog, and kidnap one of the brothers, Adira sets off on her quest of revenge, and love.My ThoughtsThis was my first biblical fiction and it won’t be my last. I absolutely loved living vicariously through Adira, and seeing the ancient world BCE through her eyes as told by Author T.K. Thorne!Angels At The Gate is brimming with action and adventure! There is never a dull moment. Between scorpion bites, cobra venom, raiders, desert journeys, and the horsemen of the North, Adira handled it all and lived to tell about it. She hardly shirked behind the men, instead she fought beside them and took control of dangerous situations. Her upbringing as a boy served her well.Perhaps the scariest situation was during the Spring Rites, when an angry mob appeared at Lot’s door, wanting to rape the brothers. He then offered his daughters to them…. Can you imagine? That scene will always stick with me. I loved how Adira handled it. Basically, she wasn’t having any of it! Even if her step-daughters were little witches!Overall, I LOVED this book and I am grateful to Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc for providing me with a paperback copy, in exchange for a thoughtful, honest, and fair book review.BTW, if ever a book should be turned into a movie, Angels At The Gate has my vote!RecommendationI would highly recommend this book to people who have an interest in women of the bible.Full review @

  • LeslieGolden
    2019-01-22 14:03

    I never understood the behavior of Lot's wife when I read her story in Sunday School. To me, when the town is literally falling to pieces around your ears and two white-garbed, winged men suddenly appear, shouting "Run for the hills and don't you dare look back!" it's time to follow orders and get the heck out of Dodge. Yet, she looks back at the disaster, turning away just as her survival is assured. Why would someone behave so foolishly? T. K. Thorne creates a reasonable answer for this woman whose name goes unmentioned in the Bible. Here, she is Adira, a girl with a mind of her own who travels disguised as a boy so she can stay with her widowered father. Adira finds it difficult to obey anyone when her good sense suggests otherwise, even the father she loves and respects. Then, as a "girl posing in boy's clothing" Adira can't help but notice men and women are treated differently in her world. Eventually she has to choose between the the life she wants as a female and the freedom she's enjoyed as a male. T. K. Thorne combined religious, archeological and historical study to create this story of a woman who followed her own path in the world. Here at last is an explanation for God's angels, those messengers who warn Lot and his family of their peril and the rest of Lot's behavior in Genesis. Lot is the nephew of Abraham and described in the Bible as a righteous but Thorne recounts his actions and leaves it up to the readers to draw their own conclusions.And, in the end, this is is not the story of a male who follows orders to escape but the woman who watched him leave before making a choice of her own. Lot's wife may have been been a willful and stubborn woman but she had a life and reason for her actions and she deserves a better epitaph than "The Lady who turned into Salt." Thanks to T. K. Thorne, Lot's wife is transformed back into woman, wayward and strong but alive.

  • Patty
    2019-02-03 16:03

    This is my second book by Ms. Thorne and I do hope it is not my last. I have a fascination for Biblical fiction and what Ms. Thorne does so very well is tell the story behind the story. Her first book, Noah’s Wife brought us the story of the Flood from a brand new point of view. In this book she takes a very minor character from the Bible – one who wasn’t even given a name – and gives her a life. A vivid, full and wonderful life. She takes “Lot’s wife” and gives us Adira – a young woman who hides behind the identity of a boy so she can stay with her widowed father. She makes her a fully fleshed out character.We first meet Adira as she turns 15 and is in a caravan with her father and the “Angels” are traveling with them. Adira does not want to be a young lady and leave her father but he knows that she needs to fulfill her life as a woman. No matter how much she tries to hide it or fight it, she is growing up. She is also starting to notice men but doesn’t fully understand why.Most know the story of Lot and his family fleeing from Sodom as it is destroyed. Despite instructions not to look back Lot’s wife does and is turned into a pillar of salt – or so goes the Bible story. Why would she do that? If you ask me it’s another teaching tool put in by men to keep women obedient but this book will give you another point of view through the tale of a headstrong young woman. Ms. Thorne performs a magical alchemy with her characters and the ability to transport her reader back to Biblical times. I felt as if I were walking in the desert with Adira and feeling the sand, feeling the heat. So little is known about the women of the Bible as they were pretty much considered unimportant by the men who put it together. It’s wonderful to have someone imagining their stories. I can’t wait to see who Ms. Thorne will bring to life next.4.5

  • Diane Coto
    2019-02-17 13:43

    Lot’s wife … everyone knows the Biblical story of how the messengers sent by God told Lot and his family to flee Sodom and not turn back. His wife did look back and God turned her into a pillar of salt for her disobedience. In the Bible, his wife was not named, but for this fictional story, she was Akira. Akira was shown in this story to be somewhat disobedient all her life, so it was very believable that she’d turn back to view God’s destruction.I was very anxious to read this book and at first it thoroughly held my attention. By the quarter mark, some things didn’t sound familiar from a Biblical perspective, so I turned to the Author’s Notes. She’d used the Bible (Tanakh), the Koran, other ancient writings, and her own imagination. I have nothing against an author’s imagination. Without that, we’d probably have very little in the way of historical fiction. But I do have a problem with some of the suggestions in this book which came from that imagination. Abraham worshiped one true God, but references were made that he and Sarai had a “… hipless statuette of Asherah …” and a “… consort of El or of Baal …” within their tent. El meant Elohim, which is a name for God, but Baal clearly is not. God’s messengers (Angels) did not know which god sent them. One of the messengers, Raph, confessed to Akira he was homosexual. And so, a good story began to become one which irritated me; it is not a Christian story and the ending was not according to the Bible. I did like the personality and the strength shown by Akira. I liked that she had a working dog as her close companion. Rating: 2 out of 5.

  • Sreesha Divakaran
    2019-01-30 16:38

    Rating: 4.5/5This book is a classic!Summary: Adira is the daughter of Zakiti, a caravan owner and a member of Abram's (Abraham's) tribe. She is brought up as a boy by her father, so that she can grow up independent. Women's roles were restricted to household activities and Adira had no interest in these. When she is fifteen, two men, Mika and Raph join their caravan. There are rumors that they are angels of their God, El, who used to speak to the tribe through Abram. Adira is infatuated with Raph and decides to reveal to him that she is actually a girl. However, their camp is attacked by raiders, who murder Zakiti and kidnap Raph. Before dying, Zakiti makes Adira swear she would go to Sarai (Abram's wife) and agree to live the life that Sarai chooses for her. Adira decides to avenge her father and find the man she wants to marry. She sets off on a quest, accompanied by her faithful dog, Nami. After a lot of hardships, she eventually does go to Sarai as promised, who marries her off to her cousin, Lot (Abram's nephew). Lot is a fanatical follower of El, who is despised by the people of his city, Sodom, for they worship the goddess, Asherah. In the religious drama that follows, what happens to Adira?Read the full review here:

  • Diana
    2019-01-29 14:55

    copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest reviewFirst, I love reading about stories from the Bible. I enjoyed Rebecca Kanner's "Sinners and the Sea" which is the story of Noah's wife and I really enjoyed " Angels at the Gate which is about Lot's wife. Adira was a fascinating character and I loved how Thorne portrayed her. Adira is far from perfect. She is strong, determined and intelligent. Since I grew up reading about Sodom and it always scared me, I really enjoyed Thorne's depiction of it. I also really enjoyed reading about Adira and her father, Zakiti. It reminded me of "Daughter of the Gods" by Stephanie Thornton because Hatshepsut was loved and spoiled by her father but ultimately in both stories tradition and responsibility win out. Adira is known as Adir because her father disguises her as a boy in order for her to have the full advantages afforded only to men of the time period. As Adira grows so do her feelings for the opposite sex evolve her time as Adir quickly must come to an end. This was a fascinating read. I love the creative liberties that Thorne took with this time period, to this story and I really enjoyed reading about Adira, or as we come to know her "Lot's wife." I highly enjoyed this story and found it to be rich in history and a very well crafted read.

  • Sonnet
    2019-01-18 08:49

    A copy was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Angels at the Gate is the story of Lot's wife. What her life was like, how she came to live in Sodom, and what could have really happened to her when Sodom was destroyed. T.K. Thorne takes this biblical story and adds healthy doses of both science and history to flesh out this mysterious and unknown woman. She does a wonderful job making Adira into a real person with whom the reader will laugh and cry. It is a beautiful tale with a surprising, yet realistic ending. Those who fear it will be a story filled with preaching and religious dogma will be pleasantly surprised. Thorne does not ignore the goddesses (and other gods) of that time--nor does she ignore science and the practical answers to what destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into the story, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I was enamored with Adira and her journey and fascinated by the so-called messengers of El. After finishing the book, I found that I was still thirsty for more. Though the ending was very well-done, I found myself missing Adira and her friends, for I felt as though their world was mine now.

  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    2019-02-11 15:01

    If you liked The Red Tent then you will probably like this book. It is not a fast read because it is very complex, but it tells a tale of a woman who becomes Lot's wife and what her life was like, well at least according to the author's imagination. Adira is young, late teens, but leads an interesting life. She is portrayed as her father's son for most of her life (at her mother's wish before dying) and possibly to protect her and allow her the opportunity to learn more than she would as a woman. Women were not thought of very highly during this time and had she lived as a woman she may not have learned how to defend herself, how to speak many languages or earn the respect of those in her caravan.The author weaves a tale that kept me interested from start to finish. I am not one that reads the bible on a regular basis or really knows the stories so I am always fascinated to see what someone else thinks about the lesser known individuals and how their life might have been lived and what they might have experienced. The author does a good job of combining stories from the bible in with this novel to make it feel more realistic to the reader.

  • Clarissa
    2019-02-02 09:41

    This was my first reading of a novel by T.K Thorne and I’m going to safely say that this is not my last. Biblical fiction is becoming something of interest to me, even though I am not particularly religious. (I attended catholic school for eight years, but I’m more spiritual than anything. However, despite that fact about me, I had always found the story of Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt when departing from the city of Sodom when she looked back as interesting, but not truthful. I was happy to read the author’s own creative spin on Adira’s life and appreciated all the detail that was put into it. It is an alternate history but a satisfying one.Sometimes biblical novels are preachy and I spend most of the time wanting to throw it across the room, but it wasn’t like that in this book. I give my utmost kudos for being able to keep me mostly engaged. As biblical books often do, I often ponder why in the bible women are sometimes nameless and why we’re not given a story about them, but I think the men who wrote the book just went with the times and wrote them off as irrelevant. Pity that is.

  • Julie Drucker
    2019-02-10 16:46

    I really enjoyed this book. I won this book on Goodreads giveaway and am appreciative to have the opportunity to read this book and give it a review. Even though the story itself is fiction it is expertly wrapped in the history of the Bible. Following Adira's life was very heartwrenching to see what she suffered through, but the ending left me with a good feeling that this could have truly been her fate. I believe this author did a good job writing this story in a way that wrapped around the original Bible stories in a very plausible way. The characters are well defined and I enjoyed the way the author tied their past and present together. You do not need a religious background to enjoy this story and I would recommend this book to all who love to learn and fantasize about the past. I was kept enthralled throughout the book and loved the mystery that flows effortlessly through the story. Yes I will definitely seek out other books from this author, in fact I already have looked into purchasing the other books.

  • CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
    2019-02-15 13:52

    As unbelievable as it may seem, there are still women in this world who live a life of fear simply for being born female. Yet I feel Adira’s story belies all of that to be one of courage and incredible strength. What she may lack in physical strength, Adira more than makes up for with a fierce intelligence and sense of honor far beyond her years. Mika and Raph understand the power of Adira’s mind and her loyalty. Although like most men, they curse and praise it in equal measure. This is a book you could read multiple times, and find some nuance or gem of truth in every passage that you did not notice before.LototyReviewer for Coffee Time Romance & MoreOfficial Review @ Coffee Time Romance & More

  • Deanna Stevens
    2019-02-01 14:41

    I enjoyed following Adira aka Adir as she traveled in the trading caravan of her father. I could picture the camels, the cook fires and the endless sand. Living with the nomadic tribe, pretending to be a boy to stay with her father, Adira has some exciting and sometimes intense adventures. Learning how Adira was related to Abraham and Lot and I learned how it effected her life and it certainly shaped her future. I found it to be an engaging story start to finish. I did find the authors changing some details of the Biblical aspect a bit disconcerting. But, this is a fictional story based on the authors interpretation and her story to tell. Overall I liked this story. It moved along well and there were some wonderful adventures! I was gifted a copy by the author and Cappuccino Books for my honest opinion which I have given.

  • A Holland Reads
    2019-01-21 12:46

    This author did a very good job in the research for this book. I felt as if I was really getting to know Adira as I was reading her story. She did a really good job in making the story of Lot's wife come to life and feel more real. She also does a good job at describing the scenes so you feel as if you are a part of the story. The character development was great to make these characters really come off the pages. I was held captive from the very first page and did not want to put this book down as the author has a way of telling a religious story without sounding preachy. I have not read Ms. Thorne's first book about Noah's wife but I will now be searching out that book as well.