Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jewel of Persia by Roseanna M. White

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.


Jewel of Persia

I knew a little more what to expect from this book since reading A Stray Drop of Blood. I had also read Chapter One that was offered on the website. Like her first book, the characters came alive from the very beginning. The ones you are supposed to love, I loved deeply. The ones you are supposed to despise, I despised just as deeply.

I love how Roseanna intertwines history with fiction is such a way it is hard to tell where the truth ends and fiction begins. She has lots of historical information listed on her website to help you see how she wove her story around those facts. She is very clear on what she created and what is factual. It is done so beautifully that it is easy to see how it could have happened the way she wrote it. But make sure you check it out AFTER you read the book. There are spoilers in her information.

Esther has always been one of my favorite stories in the Bible. Roseanna has created a most intriguing story that shows what life could have been like in the house of the King of Persia during that time. I recommend that everyone read this book. It is a must have in my library collection. I got the digital copy but will get the paperback when it comes out in June of 2011. I look forward to many more novels from this wonderful author.


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Jewel of Persia: Companion Guide and Discussion Questions

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  1. Thanks so much, Terri! And wow, my first official review. =) Makes it feel so official, LOL.

  2. You are much more than OFFICIAL! You are awesome!