A magical journey set in 16th century Italy.

Berka was raised by her hermit father in the wild, secluded from human society. At the dawn of her fifteenth summer she meets a faun, a being from a different realm. The two are instantly drawn to each other, but their secret meetings are soon disturbed by the arrival of a group of bandits. The threat intensifies when the group’s leader establishes an alliance with evil spirits from the underworld. Berka’s father comes up with an escape plan, but she doesn’t want to leave and so she finds another way to deal with the inevitable peril. Throughout the adventure, Berka also embarks on a road to self-discovery. She learns to embrace the powerful aspects of her divine feminine as well as the inseparable bond to the masculine.

Berka’s Grandparents, Talitha, and Nathaniel are the two main heroes in my debut novel, The Witch Within, so The Goddess Within is considered a stand-alone sequel.

Both novels were inspired by ancient European mythology, pagan philosophy, Wicca, runes, sacred geometry and feminine mystique. 
However, in this book, I also explored new themes such as multidimensional traveling or dealing with one’s shadow aspects.


“The Goddess Within is a delightful book, a romantic fantasy with mystery elements. The book's roots are pagan and those roots hold the narrative firmly in place. The author has a poetic turn of phrase and the whole story is beautifully written with elegant and stylish prose. The Goddess Within is a triumph of the imagination and marks Iva Kenaz out as an author of exceptional talent.” 

Hannah Howe, author 

"The Goddess Within’ is a beautifully written and imagined novel with elements of fantasy, romance and mystery. In a magical landscape, worlds exist within worlds and there is a blurring between animals, humans and other beings.” 

E.M. Cooper, author 

“From the first paragraph, I knew I was going to enjoy this story. It's poetic and mysterious and certain to both entertain and enlighten. If you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed story, then this probably isn't the book for you. But, if you're looking for something deeper and symbolic that delves into the human spirit, I think this is a book you'll want to read.” 

Ronesa Aveela, author