What it’s about:
From the publisher:
“In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king’s palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.
Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future–of family and love–seem impossible.”
There were several main characters in this, but the way they were organized (into chapters) made it easier to follow than I thought when I first started the book. I immediately loved Devorah and identified with her and admired her strength, independence and courage. I also bonded with Amina and my heart just ached for her. Ms. Austin is a talented writer and easily transports her readers to another time and place. I did struggle a little with some details and the length of this novel. It is long! But Lynn Austin took a distant time and place that many of us struggle to relate to as we read the Bible and made it into a much easier to follow and comprehend story.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.