Book Review: Iscariot

Being released today!


Book Description:

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee brilliantly adapts the life of Judas Iscariot into a dazzling work of fiction—humanizing the man whose very name is synonymous with betrayal.

Based on extensive research into the life and times of Judas Iscariot, this triumph of fiction storytelling by the author of Havah: The Story of Eve revisits one of biblical history’s most maligned figures and brings the world he inhabited vividly to life.

In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One—the promised Messiah and future king of the Jews, destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, he joins the Nazarene’s followers, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life. But soon Judas’s vision of a nation free from Rome is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself, who will not bow to social or religious convention—who seems, in the end, to even turn against his own people. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda. 

Iscariot is the story of Judas, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous—and infamous—religious icons in history.

About the Author:

Tosca Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed Demon: A Memoir; Havah: The Story of Eve; and Forbidden: The Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, strong prose and solid research. In 2010, Tosca left her position as a Senior Consultant to Fortune 500 companies with the Gallup Organization to write full-time. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States 1998, Tosca received her BA in English and International Relations from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with studies at Oxford University. She is a lifelong world adventure traveler whose most recent adventures included piranha fishing on the Amazon. To learn more about Tosca, visit

My Review:

This has to be one of the best fiction books I have read in a long time.  It was nothing like the story I thought I knew all my life.  It presents a different side of this character that you would not expect.  This is a great time for this to be released, the week before the season of Lent  begins, a time of preparation before Easter.  I find that it is a good time to read books like this that help us to see a different perspective of Our Lord’s Crucifixion.  The author did a phenomenal job in portraying the characters of the book and the plot was addictive.  I had a difficult time putting the book down and read late into the night as a result.  The author did do a lot of research to write the book, so it is both based on scripture and historical information that was available to her.  I honestly cannot recommend a better book to you.  I do hope that you like the book as much as I did, but don’t read it with preconceived notions about the plot, read with an open mind and heart.  This would be a great book for reading groups and discussions.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review from Howard Publishers.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.



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