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  • Posted November 9, 2013

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    Ginger Garrett in her new book, ┬┐Reign┬┐ Book Three in the Lost L

    Ginger Garrett in her new book, “Reign” Book Three in the Lost Loves of the Bible series published by David C. Cook gives us The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel.

    From the Back Cover:  Discover the woman behind the villain

    From the moment her marriage to Prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse.

    As she moves through the halls of power, her heart struggles between devotion to the gods she worships, the prince who loves her, and her thirst for revenge. She sparks a battle between her strangely powerless gods and the God of palace administrator Obadiah—a God who confronts her with surprising might. She will fight, though victory may cost her everything.

    I have to admit I came into this book with just a little fear after all Jezebel is the most wicked woman in The Bible and I could not imagine a story based on her.  I mean why?  Especially when she is so evil?  I should not have feared Ms. Garrett did a memorable job of showing her villainy and also gives us her background as to why she becomes what she becomes. Not too many authors will delve into a character’s background the way Ms. Garrett did both Jezebel and Ahab’s backgrounds.  She shows us how their upbringings forged their adult lives.  It is dark and frightening and clearly shows us what our lives can become without God in them.  Ms. Garrett has done a good job in bringing a tough character to life and is to be commended for her efforts.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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    This books is amazing in its richness of detail. Israel really c

    This books is amazing in its richness of detail. Israel really came alive for me. Not only that, but the human portrayal of Jezebel was a refreshing one. Often I read of the typical villain; evil to the core. This character, while not the most sympathetic was real, with true reasoning behind her actions.

    My problem with this story was that I did not like Jezebel as much as I wanted. She was truly the Jezebel of the Bible, committing all the same acts. It was great to be true to who she had been, but it kept this from being 5 stars.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Reign is the fictionalized biography of the notorious Jezebel of

    Reign is the fictionalized biography of the notorious Jezebel of the Bible. The story opens with Jezebel’s hatred of her twin sister and shoving her to her death in a sacrifice.

    The story unfolds through the point of view of Jezebel, her husband Prince Ahab, and Obadiah, a palace administrator. What makes this novel unique is the fact that the main heroine is abhorrent to our modern day sensibilities. As queen, she promotes murder and sacrifice, killing infants, rampant prostitution, the drinking of blood, worship of numerous gods, and pure evil. You will not like her, a most unusual predicament for most readers.

    Yet the story, although slow in places, was compelling and shocking enough to hold my interest. I love a good villain - the more vile, the better. Well written and woven with intriguing historical details, this novel was a very unusual, but interesting read, one that is still haunting me.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    Biblical Fiction "Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel&q

    Biblical Fiction

    "Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel" is fictional, based on the biblical story of Queen Jezebel and King Ahab, betrothed as a union between two nations. Jezebel was the daughter of King Eth-Baal who reigned in Phoenicia where the practice of worshiping gods and goddesses demanded the sacrifice of infants and children. Ahab was the son of King Omri of Israel, the land of Yahweh, a land of armies. Obadiah is a servant to Ahab, and serves as his administrator. His role in this story is one whose advice to Ahab is unheeded, and he is too timid to command respect. His relationship with the prophet Elijah is valuable, but his lacking strength of character fails him and his allegiance to Ahab.

    Jezebel, unloved and neglected as a child, became a vicious woman, scorned by all, including her husband. Ahab was not a born leader, and as he ignored Yahweh's warnings Israel suffered great tragedies. Jezebel's wickedness and mean spirit only brought hatred and disrespect. Her beauty was her only attribute. Her hateful spirit positions her husband against her, although he had previously loved her. 

    This fictional tale of the lives of Jezebel, Ahab and Obadiah is an emotional sojourn. The author researched her biblical history well. There were a few slow passages, but the story was well told and interesting beyond what I expected. I was compelled to get my bible out to read the biblical account of this profound story. For those interested in an enhancement of Jezebel's character and influence, this is an excellent portrayal.

    Disclaimer: I was given an advanced reader copy of this book by Wynn-Wynn Media for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was given no monetary compensation for this review.

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    Posted November 19, 2013

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