Book Review: Esther by Rebecca Kanner

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From the award-winning author of Sinners and the Sea comes a breathtaking new look into the timeless tale of Queen Esther.

A glittering Persian king has a vast empire that reaches farther than where the sun meets the horizon. He is bathed in riches and commands a frightening military force. He possesses power beyond any other mortal man and rules his kingdom as a god. Anything he desires, he has. Any woman he wants, he possesses. Thousands of them. Young virgins from all across his many lands.

A Jewish girl is ripped from her hut by the king’s brutish warriors and forced to march across blistering, scorched earth to the capitol city. Trapped for months in the splendid cage of the king’s palace, she must avoid the ire of the king’s concubines and eunuchs all while preparing for her one night with the king. Soon the fated night arrives, and she does everything in her power to captivate the king and become his queen.

But wearing the crown brings with it a new set of dangers. When a ruthless man plies the king’s ear with whispers of genocide, it is up to the young queen to prevent the extermination of the Jews. She must find the strength within to violate the king’s law, risk her life, and save her people.

This is a story of finding hidden depths of courage within one’s self. Of risking it all to stand up for what is right.

I thought this was a well-written fictional account of the story of Esther.  At times, it seemed so descriptive and real to me that I felt like I was reading an actual account rather than fiction.  The author a wonderful job of putting you, as the reader, right in the middle of the action.  Speaking of action, this is another one of those rare books, that is difficult to put down when reading.  It is full of drama and suspense.  I enjoyed this author’s style of writing, with her descriptions and character portrayals.  I do hope that Kanner continues with a biblical fiction line and writes about more women from this Bible and their stories.  Though I know they are  fictional, I feel as if I am reading about actual situations and how they played out in reality.  I highly recommend this if you enjoy reading excellently written biblical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Howard Books, a Division of Simon and Schuster Publishers.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.

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