Jewel of Persia [NOOK Book]

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How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords?

Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But
when a chance ...
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Jewel of Persia

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Overview

How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords?

Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But
when a chance encounter forces her to the palace of Xerxes, she becomes a
concubine to the richest man in the world. She alone, of all Xerxes' wives,
loves the man beneath the crown. She alone, of all his wives, holds the
heart of the king of kings.

Traveling with Xerxes through Europe as he mounts a war against Greece,
Kasia knows enemies surround her, but they're not the Spartans or
Athenians. The threat lies with those close to the king who hate her
people. She determines to put her trust in Jehovah–even if it costs her her
marriage.

Years of prayers are answered when Kasia's childhood friend arrives at the
palace after the war, but even as she determines to see Esther crowned in
place of the bloodthirsty former queen, she knows the true battle is far
from over. How far will her enemies go to see her undone?

Combining the biblical account of Esther with Herodotus's Histories, Jewel
of Persia is the story of a love that nearly destroys an empire . . . and
the friendship that saves a nation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976544487
  • Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 70,204
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Roseanna M. White, author of A Stray Drop of Blood, makes her home in the mountains of Western Maryland with her husband, two small children, and the colony of dust bunnies living under her couch. After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, she and her husband founded the Christian Review of Books, where she is the editor. She is a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and HEWN Marketing.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Highly Recommended--reminded me of the movies 300 and Troy

    Jewel of Persia is a glowing example of wonderful writing combined with a fascinating historical era and mesmerizing characters. But the author took me for a romantic spin I never expected with this story set just prior to the reign of Esther, the little Jewish Queen.
    I was prepared for an epic tale set within the rich tapestry of a Biblical setting, the elegant and sophisticated kingdom of Xerxes, King of Persia. And this book fulfilled all its promises. At times the exploits of Xerxes reminded me of scenes I'd seen in the movies 300 and Troy.
    What I wasn't prepared for, and absolutely delighted by, was the tender monogamous-type love between King Xerxes and his favourite concubine, Kasia.
    The last thing Kasia wanted growing up as a young Jewish girl in Susa was to be concubine to the richest and most influential man in the world, especially when she could never be his wife or Queen, but only a concubine among hundreds of wives and concubines.
    The author painted the scenes of the wives' palace with such detail that this social phenomenon of past ruler's having hundreds of wives enthralled me.
    But unexpected love can come to the 'king of kings', and to a lowly Jewish girl when they meet on the banks of the river like two ordinary people.
    That tender, sensuous love carries the reader through much heartache with Kasia and Xerxes. And the king is seen to be a man who needs the wisdom of a good wife. Xerxes relies on Kasia to shape decisions that will shape the world. It is an ordinary Jewish girl who teaches the king of kings about the Lord of Lords, paving the way for Esther and her crown.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Captivating and Challenging

    I love biblical fiction that keeps me guessing, and I admire an author who immerses me in the historical setting--beyond what Scripture describes. In Jewel of Persia, Roseanna White accomplished both, using effective characterization and an incredibly well-researched story. How does a 21st century woman relate to the love of a Persian king for a concubine in his harem? The author expertly shaped my knowledge so my heart could accept such a relationship. As the story progressed, I not only understood how the king's favorite wife could accept his other "duties" to the harem, but I came to recognize the necessity of it. Amazing! I was moved by Xerxes' tenderness toward Kasia, but--true to historical records--the story often reminds us of Xerxes' volatile temper and undeniable cruelty. I was captivated by this complicated, playful, and intriguing relationship throughout the story. The fact that Esther plays a relatively minor role in the book was a bit challenging at first. I kept reading with the expectation of Esther becoming the main character...it didn't happen. But rather than disappointment, I felt a deep admiration at the author's ability to create such a spectacular story while weaving other Jewish figures into Xerxes life and palace infrastructure. If I could give six stars, I would do it! I loved the story because it was surprising, original, and true to God's Word.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    An Amazing Biblical Adventure!

    There are dozens of books on the market today telling the biblical story of Esther...but none have told it like Roseanna White! Wow. I was enraptured in Kasia's story! Bringing a fresh and un-explored angle to this amazing story, she not only presents a story never heard before, she shares amazing historical details about the years of King Xerxes reign over Persia.

    While Jewel of Persia does tell the story of Esther; she is, uniquely, only a secondary character. Taking center-stage is Xerxex, king of Persia, and a young Jewish woman, Kasia, who caught his eye and stole his heart. Right away I liked Kasia. What a perfect example for Christ she is to everyone in the Palace. Amazing, I grew to like the king as well. While he is historically known for his bloody rule, Roseanna presents him not as a blood-thirsty barbarian without a heart, but a faulty man who made mistakes and found comfort in the arms of his Jewish wife. Esther was very sweet and gentle and I really enjoyed getting to know her through the course of the book. Her connection to Kasia was neat. Zachariah was one of my favorite characters, maybe even next to Xerxes! He made mistakes--a big one--which had consequences, but he learned from them. I loved watching him grow, mature, and change through the book.

    It's a story about a Jewish woman, one of many wives to a powerful king, so there is some content warning. Xerxes and Kasia often exchange kisses or sleep together and Xerxes takes turn with his other wives, but this is kept as clean as I've ever seen in books before. There's also one character who, though never spoken outright, the reader comes to realize is a homosexual. Two different couples have an affair, but nothing is ever explained in great detail. I'd still recommend this for mature readers, but I was amazingly pleased at how clean this book was.

    As I've mentioned many times, the plot was awesome. Completely unique and like nothing I've ever read before, Roseanna brings an amazing love story that will leave you amazed and wanting more. Her writing is just as wonderful as her plot. Right away it pulls you into the story and I felt like I was right there alongside Kasia in Persia. All the characters seemed so believable and fleshed-out, I felt like I knew them by the end of the book. Absolutely wonderful!

    What else can I say to convince you...this is an amazing book! I love history, and that, coupled with the amazing story with Kasia and Xerxes, completely endeared this book to me. I won't ever think of the story of Esther the same way again! Roseanna continues to amaze me and I look forward to reading many more of her books in the future.

    I reviewed this book for the author, Roseanna White. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    A Must Read

    I had the distinct pleasure of reading Jewel of Persia by Roseanna M. White. This author is an expert story-weaver. Her novel is set during the time of Esther in the Bible, and a little before Esther becomes queen. It follows Esther and her dear friend Kasia. I love the way Roseanna wove fictional and historical characters in her tale, telling what it would have been like to be married to a king. I highly recommend this book. This book was provided free for review by White Fire Publishing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Very good.

    I liked the part where Kaisia was playing in the river with her friend.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Loved it!

    I simply loved this book. Hate that it even ended. This is one amazing author. About to reread it just cause. It was filled with love, romance, God's power, everything! I felt as if I was right there watching the book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

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    This story helps to explain life during time of Queen Esther. God's chosen people,the jews, were hated and feared. God protected them even when they disobeyed. God usedEsther to save his people. Part of the story is fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Amazing book

    Worth it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Must read

    Very moving

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Anonymous

    This was a wonderful book to read. Can't wait to read more like this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Excellent

    Really enjoyed this book and how it covered the history, highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Simply the best read I've had in a long time.

    I was originally lookin for a hardcore romance book and then found this. I thought the auhor did a wondrful job describing life in Xerxes reign. Kasia was such a wonderfful character to read about! She is so forgiving and loving that i want to model myself after her! She forgave her husband do many times where i would not have. In the end, the book relates the story of esther. I would suggest reading the book of esther befoe the lasy 200 pages. Book was about 1077 pages, and totally worth every penny! My favorite odea was that there were many conflicts in the book, not just perfect characters or adventures. I would totally reccomend this bok fpr snyone looking for a story that means something!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Bad

    This book pull you in and let you down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Beautiful story! Do not miss it!

    This book was worth every penny! What a lovely story of intrigue and love and redemption. Although it is fiction...there are many facts and the story lines up well with the book of Esther. I love reading bible stories this way...it brings them to life! Cannot wait to re-read Esther!

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    A movie-quality epic equal to The Ten Commandments.

    An incredible line-up of characters are believable as the story is so well woven into authentic historical settings, plots and sub-plots.

    Suspense, passion, romance and good and evil all blended to make an epic-length story more than enjoyable. The only flaw was perhaps in my own mind, as I kept anticipating the appearance of Esther, whose story really was a minor role compared to Kasia's.

    Biblical fiction always intrigues me as what might have happened stories, and thus I tend to connect with the actual Biblical characters more than added fictional personalities. Though not mentioned in scripture, Kasia was a charming, biblically-based character with a lot of admirable qualities, but qualities I'd heretofore connected with Esther. Realizing that Esther in all likelihood was not the first Jewess to be captured for Xerxes made the story believable and inspiring with a new twist to what might have been.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Characters are larger than life - reads like a movie!

    Jewel of Perisa enhances the story of Esther, while including all the details of the biblical account. Kasia, a friend of Esther, falls in love with Xerxes (not knowing he is king). Intrigue in the harem and the kingdom make this a page turner and the characters entrall the reader. The varied traits of each endear them to the reader, and yet make them interesting, for example Xerxes is tender and loving to Kasia and his children, yet cruel with a vicious and quick temper.
    The story, scenes and description of scenery are beautifully written and the biblical characters become larger than life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2011

    Wonderful Book

    I look reading books set in biblical times and based on actual events in the bible! This book did not dissappoint! It is a must read!

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Highly recommend

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    On My Favorite Book List Already

    Having read Roseanna White's first novel, I knew to expect beautiful writing, heart-stopping romance, amazing characters, exquisite insight into history and human psychology, and even interesting philosophical conversations. However, this book came with an unexpected bonus in the form of a spiritual warfare thread reminiscent of Frank Peretti. And the author tied it in seamlessly with actual historical facts from the Greek accounts of their war with Persia. You may think you've read the Esther story, but never like this. It is told from the perspective of Kasia, one of Xerxes many wives and childhood friend of Esther. The glimpse into the struggle of being one wife of many is unique enough, but Kasia is also Xerxes's true love. She is torn between her very real feelings for the hunky king and her heart-ache over his often capricious actions, allowing the author to weave themes of love, forgiveness, and serving God that you won't soon forget. This book has everything. You certainly don't want to miss this one. Where are my sixth and seventh stars when I need them?

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    Posted January 26, 2012

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