Friday, March 7, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: In the Shadow of Jezebel, by Mesu Andrews

I ventured out into a genre I rarely read. Biblical Fiction. There's a reason I don't read it often and it has nothing to do with a lack of great story or writing. I am always hesitant when taking Biblical characters and "adding to" or "projecting upon" a story already told in the words God chose to tell it--whether we find it lacking content or not. SO, with the disclaimer that I firmly believe Biblical fiction is a projection of what MIGHT have occurred and certainly not a retelling of actual events, I will proceed with my review. :)

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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8 comments:

  1. I've read a couple of Mesu Andrews' books and really enjoy them. I'm really looking forward to reading this one too - especially if I can win it! ;-)

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  2. I believe I read the book before this one and I LOVED IT. Please enter me for this giveaway!

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  3. I would love to win this book! I personally enjoy biblical fiction, when handled correctly, though I do understand your opinion. For me, while I know it's fiction, the books bring the Bible to life. They show me another way to view a story and the history is fascinating to me. I would find it too boring to read a history book of the times, but this is interesting. It will hold my attention, and I may learn something new while reading it.
    I have never read Mesu's books. They are not a series, are they?
    Blessings,
    Sarah

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  4. Would love the chance to win, thanks!

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  5. I have read all good reviews of Mesu's books but have not read them yet I would love the chance to.
    Thank You
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. We have Mesu Andrews books in the church library. I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Thanks for the review, Jaime!

    Like Sarah, I enjoy learning more history through fiction novels. I haven't read any of Mesu's books, and would love to read this one!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I love her books! :) I love reading about the Old Testament... And having a glimpse into what life was like then!
    Deiselbuffs@gmail.com

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