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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  332 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"Barbara Wood is an entertainer."
-"Washington Post Book World" Acclaimed novelist Barbara Wood combines her superb storytelling gifts with medical and historic fact to create the epic adventure of an unusual and gifted young woman seeking her destiny in the ancient healing arts.

Born into the tumultuous world of ancient Antioch, Selene is orphaned at birth. But before her
Paperback, 383 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH (first published January 1st 1987)
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Beatriz Rosales
En la búsqueda del motivo y propósito de su vida, a Selene le costo ser una viajera constante, cambiando de nombres y de paises, siempre con el afán de aprender a "sanar", y con la clara idea de reencontrarse con Andres quién le dió el motivo principal para buscar el arte de la Curación mediante el metodo cientifico. Selene es presa de una sed de saber su origen,y para encontrarlo recorre un trayecto lleno de constantes peligros, pero que siempre supo aprovechar para lograr avanzar. En su odisea ...more
In this novel we follow Selene, a young woman seeking knowledge in the healing arts, seeking her true identity and seeking her lost love, Andreas. Her search takes her on a lifelong epic adventure through the ancient world - Syria, Babylon, Persia, Jerusalem, Alexandria, Rome. I liked this story and the characters a lot, and unlike some of the other reviews I've read, I thought there were enough plot twists and turns to keep one interested. I would have liked more closure in the end, but I'll ov ...more
Oct 11, 2007 Genevieve rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: mytoppicks
I don't even know how many times I've read this book at this point... and I don't even know if it's in print anymore, but I happened to randomly get a hardcover copy at a bargain bin at a grocery store of all places... and it's my all-time favorite book now... I'm willing to let my friends borrow it because I think it's a must-read... but it's very special to me so I have to know that it'll come back unharmed :)
Clare O'Beara
I really enjoyed this book, which is a much easier read than we might imagine from reading the blurb.

Selene is a girl in a desert town of Antioch who becomes a healer and uses herbal and sensible remedies to help people. She is a highly sympathetic character. Medicine in this part of the world was more advanced than in Europe at this time. Or course there are many afflictions that she cannot heal. Selene's adventures as she has a romance with a surgeon and travels to Egypt, Babylon, and Rome are
I wasn't really sure which genre to assign this novel to. It's not straight historical fiction; I guess historical fantasy is the closest genre. There is a certain amount of romance, but nothing tasteless. The story is that of the healer Selene. From Palmyra she travels to Antioch, Persia, Babylon, Jerusalem, Alexandria, and finally Rome where she meets her destiny. In the novel she is enslaved for awhile, then escapes. She reunites with her sweetheart of years before, the surgeon Andreas; they ...more
Toni Runkel
The story and main plot were interesting enough to let me finish the book. There were quite a few good ideas, but all in all, I'm not too fond of Wood's style of writing. Also, I think there are a lot of logical mistakes, chronological problems, the characters are too shallow, many times there could have been a great twist and a lot of great story telling, but then the author chose an easy peasy solution or just skipped a few years. Also, I didn't find the ending very satisfying, aber I was glad ...more
Der Name Barbara Wood ist eigentlich gleichzusetzen mit Erfolg. Auch "Seelenfeuer" hat mich wieder voll überzeugt. Diesesmal wendet sich Wood der ganz alten Geschichte zu, noch vor Christi Geburt. Gut recherchiert, gute und glaubhafte Charaktäre. Sehr interessant ein bissl mehr über die Mittelchen der Frühzeit zu erfahren. Es ist ja immer nett über Menschen zu lesen, deren harte Arbeit und eiserner Willen belohnt wird, hier zwar nur bis 10 Seiten vorm Ende, aber immerhin.

Schade fand ich dieses
a fun read

Love the medical history through out. It was easy to read and entertaining, although not great literature by any means.
This must be my 8th time or something reading this book. It's one of my favorites. I never get tired of reading of Selene's adventures, wanderings and her burning desire to heal. It's a beautiful, inspiring love story filled with adventure. This book is going back on my shelf for a little while until I forget the details of the plot and then I'll definitely be reading it again.
This was such a great book. It took place about 300 A.D.
It is the story of Selene, who is raised by a healer woman and is a healer
herself. She met Andreas when she was sixtenn and searched all her life for him.
A very intricate unusual book set in ancient times. The heroine is a woman who acts as a healer throughout the mideast and eventually Rome.
predictable and rather annoying love story with little plot and a very disappointing ending.
I thought it was pretty predictable. I liked the characters but didn't love them.
I have never been disappointed by any of Ms. Woods books, and this story is no exception.
I didn't like this one quite as well as "Domina" but it is still a great novel.
It's more than a perfect book.
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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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