New Releases: Esther

Book Title: Esther
Publisher: Bethany House 
Publication Date: December 30, 2014
When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.
When Xerxes, King of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

My Review:
Angela Hunt is a gifted author who takes the minimal details of a hero/heroine in the Bible and creates a story from them. Reading this book made me think of Esther more as a real person than just a Bible character. Some of the details were a bit gruesome so I wouldn't recommend this book for someone younger than fourteen. I didn't care for those scenes but I guess they made the book more authentic because there are actually accounts of them happening. Overall, it was a book I enjoyed. 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Note: I received this book through NetGalley.

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