Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid

Lydia is just a simple handmaid to Queen Cleopatra. Her life seems to hold no special significance, but when her dying mentor entrusts her with a sacred mission, her life is forever changed. Lydia must deliver the scrolls of the prophet Daniel to the Temple in Jerusalem on a set day. Lydia leaves Cleopatra to serve Queen Mariamme in the Holy City, but the forces of evil are bent on destroying the scrolls and Lydia. Lydia must put her trust in God as she battles political and spiritual evil.
This was a very good book filled with political intrigue, historical characters, and a spiritual theme leading to The Messiah. The plot was very engaging, albeit quite dark in places. I really enjoyed the historical setting. It was very fascinating reading about the tumultuous time leading up to the birth of our Savior. I also loved the fictional elements of the story; the characters, especially the characters Lydia, were very well depicted. If you enjoy historical/Biblical fiction, I would absolutely recommend this book. Just a word of warning, due to the darkness of the times depicted and the despotic nature of the rulers involved, this book is best suited for ages 17 and up.
I received a free e-copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review

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