The Silent Years: King’s Shadow
by Angela Hunt
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: 06 August 2019
Bethany House Publishing
Their Lives Couldn’t Be More Different, but Their Goal Is the Same: Survive King Herod’s Rule.
Two women occupy a place in Herod’s court. The first, Salome, is the king’s only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve.
The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion.
Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless–both women struggle to reach their goalss and survive in Herod the Great’s tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.
It took me a little bit to really get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. King’s Shadow follows the of Salome, King Herod’s sister, and Zara, a fictional handmaid. In other stories about Salome, she is usually portrayed as the villian, while Mariamne, King Herod’s wife, is portrayed as the heroine. But in this book, the roles were switched. And it’s a great reminder that perspective is everything.
Hunt breathes life into Salome and Herod, and many other historical figures, while staying true to the cultures and customs of the time. This made me love the story even more. It really opened my eyes to what life was like in ancient Israel. Filled with devious plots, court politics, and sibling loyalty, this book will grip you with the need to know more. King’s shadow is the perfect book for those who enjoy biblical fiction and court intruige.
NOTE: I received a copy of King’s Shadow from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.
I rate it: 5 out of 5 stars!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela Hunt has published more than one hundred books, with sales nearing five million copies worldwide. She’s the ‘New York Times’ bestselling author of ‘The Tale of Three Trees, The Note’ and ‘The Nativity Story’. Angela’s novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the HOLT Medallion Award. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Awar in 2006. She holds both a doctorate in Biblical Studies and a Th.D. degree. Angela and her husband live in Florida, along with their mastiffs. For a complete list of the author’s books, visit angelahuntbooks.com.
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