The novel opens as a contemporary woman named Hadassah receives a letter penned by Esther (also called "Hadassah" and "Star" in the novel) and passed down through her family for generations. The reading of the letter transports the reader back to the Persian Empire (a similar device is used in Bodie and Brock Thoene's Zion Legacy series). Several time periods and points of view make for a slow start, but the pacing picks up when Esther becomes the focus. The dialogue is stiff in places, and some readers will find the use of "G-d" rather than "God" out of reverence rather tiresome. However, from their imaginative fleshing out of Esther's unusual girlhood and preparation for her tryst with the king to the uttering of her famous words, "If I perish, I perish," the authors reinvigorate an age-old story. The sexual tension and violence necessary to the tale are rendered inoffensive for the evangelical Christian market, and a few surprise twists will catch readers familiar with the story off-balance.
OK but a little disappointing. My favorite novel of Esther (by that title) is by Norah Lofts. This book was very obviously a first attempt at fiction. Even as a Christian, I found the "religious" parts rather heavy-handed. The story starts and ends with a modern-day Israeli girl named Hadassah in the days before her wedding and on her wedding night. Didn't care for that part. A friend saw the movie made from this book and loved it. The book tells the Biblical parts according to Scripture, but the "fillers" and the writing style didn't suit me.
Queen Esther's story from the Bible, put in fiction. I reread the Bible book of Esther as I read this book and it made the Bible story come alive all over again. A quick read and page turner. I didn't want to stop at each chapter's end.
A wonderful story based on the book of Esther. However, there are a few scenes that are intensely graphic. If you are easily effected by graphic scenes you may want to think twice. Most people will have no problem reading the scenes.
I was extremely disappointed in this book. We ordered it for our church library. After reading it, the head of our library committee asked me to read it for a second opinion because she thought it was inappropriate for our library. Although she read the entire book, I only got through the first 7 1/2 chapters. I found it very negative and oppressive and it was affecting my spirit so I refused to put any more into my mind. I also thought some of what I read was not Biblically sound. We're not sure what to do with our copy. Hate to throw it away, but we don't want to pass it on to anyone else either. This is one book you can skip!
Both a palace thriller and a Jewish woman's memoir, Hadassah brings the age-old story of Esther to life. This historically accurate novel layered with fresh insights provides a fascinating twist on a pivotal time in religious history, and readers will find it bursting with page-turning drama.
Hadassah has been chosen to be one of the candidates to be the King's next wife and queen. But Hadassah is faced with trials along the way and lots of competition. Can she escape the plots, threats and traps to become one of the favorites? But also, so as not to reveal her hebrew heritage, she changes her name to Star. Star of Susa. On her night with the King, she finds he really isn't quite as lordly as some make him out to be. She gives him a gift: a necklace with a Star of David on it to remind him of her. This gift was her ticket: she broke the tension and the king favored her out of any other candidate. He chose Star, changes her name to the Persian word for East Star, Esther, and makes her his Queen.
I really loved this book! I really recommend it! My favorite genre to read is Biblical Fiction. I am so interested in learning about Bible times. It helps me in my Faith.
My husband and I read this book together, and did we ever enjoy it! It was especially exciting because we were listening to David Jeremiah teach on Queen Esther and Mordecai at the time also, and this put "real feelings" into the true story. The same way that historical fiction helps me understand and remember specific events, dates, etc. in history, this story helped us better understand the book of Esther. Highly recommend!