784 ab urbe condita—31 AD. Jerusalem sits uneasily in a Roman Empire that has seen an industrial revolution and now has cable news and flying machines — and rites and morals that are strange and repellent to the native people of Judaea.
A charismatic young leader is arrested after a riot in the Temple. He seems to be a man of peace, but among his followers are Zealots and dagger-men sworn to drive the Romans from the Holy Land.
As the city sinks into violence, the stage is set for a legal case that will shape millennia — the trial of Yeshua Ben Yusuf.
Intricately imagined and ferociously executed, Kingdom of the Wicked is a stunning alternative history and a story for our time.
About the author
Helen Dale is a Queenslander by birth and a Londoner by choice. She read law at Oxford (where she was at Brasenose) and has previously worked as a lawyer, political staffer, and advertising copywriter (among other things). She became the youngest winner of Australia’s Miles Franklin Award with her first novel, The Hand that Signed the Paper, leaving the country shortly after it caused a storm of controversy.