“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:14 (NIV)
Series: Dangerous Beauty (Book 1)
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Number of pages: 348
From the Publisher:
“When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king’s heart and a queen’s crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king’s permission to exterminate all Jews–young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people…and bind her husband’s heart.”
This book hardly focused on Esther’s struggle with her beliefs, the troubles the Jews had to contend with, and the problems Haman caused until the last few chapters.
Besides that not-so-slight issue I had with it, this book was rich in historical facts and I did like how I gained a better understanding about life during Bible times. I also found it interesting to see the story of Esther from an eunuch’s point of view.
That wasn’t enough to impress me though.
This book bothered me so much to the point where I never want to read any “Biblical fiction” again.
I’d recommend reading the actual book of Esther in the Bible, it’s a lot more fulfilling.
If you are familiar with the story of Esther, you’ll know that it has some difficult topics. Esther is whisked away to the palace to be presented to the king as a potential wife. He sleeps with many women and concubines throughout the novel and we hear of it often. Nothing is described in detail but this is a common occurrence throughout the book.
I give this book 2/5 stars for in-depth historical research.
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*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you, Bethany House for the privilege to review this book! *
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