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Jewel of Persia based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
What a creative way to tell the story of Esther! I have read numerous stories about Esther, but this is the first that I felt really put it into perspective with the history and culture of the period, the first I really felt like I could imagine fully because of all the background given. By the time the Biblical account of Esther showed up in this book, I was already well-immersed in the characters, the time, the place. Wonderful, wonderful read! I loved that the author wove in tons of historical events, drawing on Herodotus, as well as the Bible. Every character was well-developed, the relationships were real and raw, and, while I knew what would end up happening at the end of the book, there was still plenty of plot suspense. Some of the most innovative historical fiction I've ever read! At the end of the book, all I could say was, "Wow!" Loved it!
What happens when an innocent Jewish girl is called to the court of Xerxes, the king of the Persian empire and swept away to his harem? Roseanna M. White deftly weaves an account based on the Biblical account of Esther with the pages of recorded ancient secular history to bring readers a story of great emotional and spiritual depth. Kasia, an exuberant young woman from the family of a poor carpenter, has no choice but to enter the royal courts of Persia and loses her heart to a man of passions, who loves his family as deeply as he hates his enemies. White makes you like the softer side of Xerxes, even as you are disappointed by his brutality. She brings to life an unlikely love story of this Jewish concubine, growing in her faith, and a pagan king-an attraction of opposites--in a tender, yet honest way. Esther may be a secondary character, but the story is also a triumph of friendship enduring through trials-and how God works behind the scenes to bring about His purposes to make her Xerxes' queen. White takes to heart the scripture that says we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. She pulls aside a veil for the reader to see the possible spiritual warfare for the heart of a king, his kingdom and the fate of God's own precious people at his hand. Having not before read Biblical fiction from this angle, I found Jewel of Persia intriguing and refreshing, a page turning read with enthralling characters. I look forward to seeing more from Roseanna M. White.