Elizabeth H. reviewed Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen on
Helpful Score: 4
I was disappointed with this one. I was looking for a substitute for Orson Scott Card's Women of Genesis, and this was not it. Not a fun read at all. Skip this and try Orson Scott Card's Sarah--- it's incredible.
I loved this novel! It captivated me from the first line until the final one. I found the story to be enthralling, well thought out and full of period details that made the story come to life. This really impressed me as being more true to life than the version commonly depicted in the bible. If you liked the Red Tent, then this would be a good one for you. I am looking forward to more by this author.
Kris T. (krissyt) reviewed Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen on
Helpful Score: 1
If you liked The Red Tent, you would like Queenmaker -- similar idea. This book follows the life of Michal, King David's queen. It is fascinating to me how she takes a woman from the Bible (who gets about 1 line in the Bible) and develops a complex, interesting character. Good read, this book made me think.
If you read this book as purely a historical novel with no reference to the Bible, it is a very captivating story and holds your interest. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time getting past the fact that it is EXTREMELY UNSCRIPTURAL!!! to say the least. There are so many Biblical truths that this author decided to change completely. The Bible says that David was that "apple of God's eye" and with the exception of his sin with Bathsheba, he was upright before the Lord. The Bible also shows how that the Lord brought terrible consequences on David and Israel because of this sin and David seriously repented. The author totally turns this around and makes the prophets of God as nothing but men pushing their own agendas instead of true men of God that spoke with God and relayed God's messages. As a biblical story it is full of heresy. As a non-biblical love story, it is well written.
This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the insight into King David's court and the characterizations were very good.I have to say i did choose this book because of it's beautiful cover. I was glad when the story was as beautiful as the cover.