Another moving tale: "King's Shadow" by Angela Hunt
about the book....
Their Lives Couldn't Be More Different,
but Their Goal Is the Same:
Survive King Herod's Rule.
Two women occupy a place in Herod's court. The first, Salome, is the king's only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she's from an inferior race, a people whom God will never accept or approve of.
The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion.
Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless--both women struggle to reach their goals and survive each day within Herod the Great's tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.
It is one thing to read the Bible and to get a sense of who Herod was, who seems plenty mad just by the account written there. But when you add in the bizarre details that Hunt has unearthed about who married who and who King Herod had killed and why, it makes for some fascinating and sobering reading indeed! Hunt has done a wonderful job at contrasting the character of Salome (a complex character in her own right) and that of her handmaid Zara, and their intertwined and alternating viewpoints keep the story moving at a brisk pace. Zara, with her purity of heart, is a beacon of light in what is a spiritually dark place, and I loved the way that she is gently drawn towards God and the promise of the Messiah. Hunt has thrown in a unique twist at the end of the story that has since left me long in thought about Jesus and his early years - but I dare not say more so you can discover it for yourself.
The author notes from Angela Hunt indicate that this is the final installment in the "Silent Years" series, and what a series it has been! "King's Shadow" is another absolute must read, and I award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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