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The Divining

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  200 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
A riveting, historical tale set in first-century Rome, The Divining chronicles one young woman’s spiritual quest to discover her destiny through the powerful gift of second sight—and save entire future generations.

Ancient Rome: 54 C.E. Nineteen-year-old Ulrika is plagued with strange visions and dreams. In order to discover the truth behind her past and her unusual powers,
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Turner (first published April 29th 2012)
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Mar 12, 2013 Florencia rated it it was ok
Llegué a casi el penúltimo capítulo. Y en realidad es muy raro que no termine un libro.
Debo decir que tenía expectativas altísimas respecto a este, ya que se desprende de El fuego de la vida, un libro que amé y me atrapó completamente. La Adivina me decepcionó mucho.
Debo empezar hablando un poco del libro y de cómo se conecta con El fuego de la vida, que es como su predecesora aunque sean libros independientes.
Ulrika es una joven que parte en busca de su padre
Jan 20, 2015 Majo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: históricos
No estoy segura de qué esperaba de este libro, pero sin dudas es mucho menos de lo que me terminó dando.

La historia comienza con Ulrika una joven romana con un desconocido padre germano que parte en su búsqueda para advertirle sobre su pronta captura luego de haber tenido extraños sueños. En el camino, Ulrika es ayudada por el comerciante Sebastiano y el astrologo Timónides, mientras intenta averiguar el origen de su don adivinatorio.
El objetivo de la búsqueda de Wulf es fácilmente olvidado a l
Jul 28, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok
This book is about a quest, but I never felt that either the quest itself or the ultimate results were important.

Ulrika is a young woman in the first century C.E. who sees visions and wants to know why. She travels from Rome to Germania to Babylon to Persia looking for a teacher or a revelation. In the course of her quest, she meets many people of different religious beliefs. It appears that the main theme is that people can be spiritual in different ways, but the beliefs were treated so superf
Ingrid Foster
Jan 06, 2014 Ingrid Foster rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical novels
I believe some books are meant to touch your life at certain points, as if by fate. For me, the two books of Barbara Woods that I have read so far, The Prophetess and The Divining, have both done just that.

After completing the research on a current novel-in-progress, I have developed an insatiable appetite for all things Germania, prior to the 12th century AD. The Divining takes place during the 1st century AD when the western world was ruled by Rome and trade with China was still a dream.

La Mala ✌
Mar 05, 2015 La Mala ✌ marked it as desafio-no-recomendaciones  ·  review of another edition
No-recomendado por Majo


Me propongo leer de principio a fin libros considerados "malos". Mi intención es encontrar al menos UNA cualidad buena en ellos y reseñarlos objetivamente siguiendo 20 puntos a desarrollar brevemente. (Los puntos varían según el género del que se trate.)

Si tienen ganas de No-recomendarme otros libros
pueden comentar acá o ACÁ. ¡Cualquier género es bienvenido! Cuanto más variado, mejor :)

Jul 20, 2012 Babel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge
Un espléndido relato de aventuras y viajes, pletórico de lugares exóticos, tierras esplendorosas, peligros que acechan en los rincones más inesperados.

Es una novela hermosa, de enorme espiritualidad, con maravillosas y sencillas descripciones de culturas ancestrales que, miles de años después, comparten los mismos miedos, pecados y virtudes de los que habitamos el mundo hoy en día.

También combina una preciosa historia de amor con mucha pasión. Léela, si te gusta la ficción histórica, es una gra
Another stunning saga from Ms. Wood. Taking off from where Soul Flame ends, we take up the story of Ulrika, Selene's daughter, who much like her mother, is on her own journey to discover who she is and what her life is meant for. We follow her through love, connected strongly, pulled taught and held strong, through country after country and teacher after teacher as she learns of the gift that has come through her blood line. A fantastic trip through the ancient world, though a little more on the ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Dans ce roman initiatique dépaysant, Barbara Wood invite le lecteur à découvrir quelques uns des lieux mythiques de l'Antiquité : Rome, Babylone, la Perse, la Chine... L'aventure et l'évasion sont au rendez-vous de cette belle histoire d'amour, de courage et de foi. Le cheminement d'Ulrika, les embûches qu'elle rencontrera tout au long de son périple lui permettront de lever le voile sur ses origines et d'accomplir son destin avec courage et détermination. Une belle héroïne, un roman historique ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Vickie rated it liked it
I generally really like Barbara Wood's books but for some reason this one seemed off to me. It takes place around 50 AD in Rome. The history part was interesting- and the side trip to China was also. I just didn't care much about the characters and what happened to them. I also felt like there was too much going on as the characters traveled here and there and no time to be interested in anyone that they met or anything that they did.
Jan 21, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story set in 54 through 64 C.E. / A.D. Nineteen year old Ulrika, a healer who has strange and mysterious visions and dreams, leaves ancient Rome to find her destiny, and to try to understand the purpose of her visions. As she heads toward Germania, her father's homeland, she meets many people along the way, some of whom will impact her greatly on her spiritual quest, as she in turn impacts them in ways they will never forget.
Jun 03, 2012 Edie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really loved this author's The Dreaming years ago and thought that I would try this one...lots of mystic type of happenings that occur at the beginning of the C.E. Can't put my finger on why this appealed to me except for the historical and adventure of it all. P.S. Don't judge a book by it's cover! ; )
C Kaker
Aug 12, 2013 C Kaker rated it really liked it
I found the historical timing of the book fascinating, and I constantly found myself wondering about the historical accuracies (not in a negative way, but in more of a reflective way.) I agree with others who noted that the book moves along very easily, yet with so much detail. Really enjoyed the escape while reading it.
Nov 30, 2013 Janet rated it liked it
Great story. Also, it moved along all the way to the end. I was not able to figure out what the end would be. Through all the turmoil and travels the people remained bonded which I really liked. I recommend this book. I agree with others that it could use a different cover!
Virgil Larson
Sep 11, 2012 Virgil Larson rated it liked it
An interesting story set in the first century AD. A bit romantic in spots, but on the whole pretty good. The main character has the gift of visions and travels the ancient world seeking to understand and develop her spiritual gift.
Jan 12, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
I loved this book & did not want it to end. Barbara Wood covers so much territory and so many cultures that it's just fascinating. It's an interesting perspective on what was going on coincident with well-known historic events. Wonderful character development and story line.
Jul 20, 2014 Francine rated it liked it
This is a good story with history, geography, ancient spiritual paths and it has several love stories.

I've read several of Wood's books and she is a good story teller and always features strong women.

Recommended if you like historical fiction.
Sep 06, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: beach-reads
Who knew you could set a romance novel in the Roman era? Much to learn about this genre. This was okay but probably my last from this author
Jun 16, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
I really love this author and so does my mom. I enjoyed the many interesting facts I learned about Rome and China circa 40 AD. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Apr 22, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book! Really held my interest and there is a depth to this fiction. It was well worth the read.
Aug 24, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, insightful and wise. A great, unique story that takes you across Europe, Asia and the middle East at the time of Jesus and Caesars. I can't wait to read more of her books.
Jun 04, 2012 Lois rated it it was amazing
En la línea de los libros de Barbara Wood...
Un libro muy bien documentado, con una historia maravillosa y una escritura exquisita.
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Barbara Wood was born on 30 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK. Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and attended Los Angeles Schools. After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician. During this time, Barbara held numerous jo ...more
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