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Has anybody read The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner? Im not religious, and I have a passable historical familiarity with majority religions, but know next to nothing about detailed folklore and specific stories, etc.

For background, I went to a Catholic high school. (the fastest way to make an atheist is to send them to catholic school, but I digress) And I, in general, do enjoy history. So I do have some historical knowledge of Christianity (obviously, plus much more than I care to know), but also just the historical roots of Judaism and Islam.

The cultures of these religions, either in historical contexts, how it has evolved, or in modern day, I know very little, except the occasional book I’ve read that feature a character of X Religion.

So anyway, Im about 30-50 pages into The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner, and it’s based on Jewish folklore, as far as I can tell. They are Solomonar, descendants of King Solomon and possess, for simplicity here, magic powers. The basic plot is that the Black Mist is rolling in and they need to fight it off.

There’s a lot of references going on that I’m not sure that I would enjoy the book better if I read up more on early Judaism, or if I should just roll through it and see where it goes. I also dont actually know how much of it is fantasy/folklore and how much is Judaism, as the story does take place in Hungary, but clearly theres a large fantasy element in the plot.

This post is already much longer than I intended, but oh well. I did read The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd which was a “realistic” telling of Jesus’s missing years (from about 10 to 33) and where he took a wife. There were elements that I clearly recognized, characters who I knew who they were, etc. And Im just not sure if that familiarity will behoove me here.

and in any case, if i just learn some Jewish folklore, then that’s interesting in and of itself.

Thanks for anything anybody has to offer me!

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