Mesu Andrews is an amazing writer, descriptive, captivating and intriguing. In the Shadow of Jezebel, it tells the story of Jehosheba, daughter of the King of Judah who has married Jezebel's daughter. The story is filled with intrigue as Jehosheba, trained to be a priestess for Ba'al is instead married off to the high priest of Yahweh.
The book was easy to read and it read fast. It's a captivating conjecture of times of the nation of Judah under pagan influence, cruelty and manipulative power plays. The characters are well developed, from Queen Athaliah to Jehosheba's half brother "Hazi". Romance is palpable and it has a definitive middle-eastern flair for sabotage.
The Old Testament is a volume ripe with story, wars and the woven thread of a God serving justice and love to a people He had chosen. In the Shadow of Jezebel, is a unique take on the divisive times of Jezebel and how her influence traveled into generations of wickedness against Yahweh, the God of Israel.
Read this as a highly fictionalized concept of the life and times of the southern Kingdom of Judah and a beautiful princess torn between two worlds and the g(G)ods they serve.
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