Experience the story of Esther like never before . . .
After deposing his queen, King Xerxes sends his men to scour the entire Persian empire for the most beautiful young girls in hopes that he might find a new queen. To her father, Mordecai, it is no surprise that young Hadassah, well known throughout Babylon for her beauty, is among those chosen to join the King’s harem.
At only 12 years old, she enters a world unlike anything she has ever known, full of unimaginable riches, lavish gowns and beautification treatments, but Hadassah is not always happy. A veritable prisoner, she misses her father immensely, and struggles to obey his warning to hide her Jewish ancestry at all costs. There is a growing tension between her and some of the other concubines as the King’s mother requests more and more time with Hadassah.
Inexplicably, the Great Queen Atossa shows her favor, giving her the new name of Esther, and there is talk that she will be chosen as the next queen.
But many dangers lie ahead for Esther, from the bitter deposed queen Amestris, to the King’s new prime minister Haman. When Esther hears of a conspiracy between Amestris and Haman to slaughter all of the Jews in the persian empire, she knows she must risk all to save her own people.
Esther’s Song is a fascinating book based on the biblical story of Esther. Wonderfully detailed, B. G. Brainard writes with a beautifully uncluttered style that is succinct and with purpose and is anything but boring. I loved how the author remained true to the biblical account, only filling in the details so that the reader can get a better taste of what life was like during this time period.
As both a lover of the bible and a devoted student of anthropology and history, I devoured this book in record time. Clearly, the author put a lot of time into research, which is evident in the many small details that I thought made this book so interesting. A wonderful account of the story of Esther, highly recommended for anyone interested in history or the bible!
About the Author
B. G. Brainard has been an avid storyteller and writer since childhood. She has graduate degrees from Vanguard University and Portland State University, which fueled her life-long passion to make sense of the intricacies of the Hebrew Bible, Mesopotamian archaeology, and ancient Near East history. She is a former Bible college professor and lives in Oregon with her husband.
Rating: 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.