Thursday, August 13, 2015

#REVIEW: Esther by Rebecca Kanner

Title: Esther
Series: none
Author:  Rebecca Kanner
Published Date: Expected November  3, 2015
Publisher: Howard Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781501108662
Genre: biblical fiction
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: 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.

This is the story of Queen Esther.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read on Queen Esther, in fact, I have yet to read the actual story in the Bible. The story is pretty much the same, which is to be expected, but this book was much longer. It had much more detail, and at times, it was those details that bogged down the story and made it difficult to continue to read. However, at the same time, it really lent an air of realism to the story that other stories may lack. In the Bible, the book of Esther is 10 chapters long, probably 10-15 pages in the Bible, give or take. This book is 400 pages, so 390ish pages of pure detail. If you want to really get into the scenes, and characters, and emotions, then this book is for you. The characters are all well-written. I believe the only one that isn’t truly fleshed out well is Mordecai. I would have liked to see more about him, as the uncle, then as much as I read. I really enjoyed Esther as a character, finding her to be empathetic and deeply written. She was easy to connect to, though some of the other characters were not so easily remembered. Overall, this will be a good rendering of the story of Queen Esther, but I don’t think it will be considered the absolute best.

1 comment:

  1. Wow this sounds amazing! I think I've never read anything like this before. Your blog is really interesting! <3

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