In his previous novels HUNTING MIDNIGHT and THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON, Richard Zimler spun luminous historical fiction from the experience of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula. Spanning decades and continents, GUARDIAN OF THE DAWN is set in the lush world of colonial India during the age of the Inquisition. Here is the astonishing story of Tiago Zarco, a young man whose family fled forced conversions in Portugal and now lives in a twilight between local Hindus and the ruling Portuguese Catholics. As Tiago comes of age in Goa, the capital of the spice trade, he struggles to keep the far-reaching powers of the Inquisition from destroying his family and parting him from the Hindu girl he loves. When an act of betrayal puts his beloved father in prison, Tiago is forced to hunt down the traitor and make an unimaginable choice. A harrowing journey begins–one that will show him the depths of human depravity, and the dark, poisonous salvation of revenge.

At once a grand historical adventure and a riveting tale of love and mystery, GUARDIAN OF THE DAWN brilliantly illuminates a world that has rarely been described–in a novel that blazes with passion, fury, and hope.


Richard Zimler was born in New York and has lived in Portugal for the past 30 years. His award-winning novels have been bestsellers in a dozen countries, beginning with THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON (Overlook, 1998), which has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide.  He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review.