An ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews in ancient Persia, so an inexperienced beautiful 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.
Esther marks bestselling author Angela Hunt’s return to biblical fiction. In each novel she explores an example of a Hebrew Old Testament tob woman: a woman whose physical beauty influences those around her–and can change the course of history.
This is the second book that I’ve read by this author. To be honest, I wasn’t impressed the first time but I do try to give grace and read an author’s writing at least three times. By at least three times I decide if I love the author’s writing or just give up reading their writing all together.
So, in this story, the author portrayed Esther pretty well even though I felt like the author could’ve used a little bit more imagination for both the King and Esther. I just thought that there should have been more of a romantic element in this story because I would like to think that the King and Esther would have had more together than just mutual understanding. To me it just felt like something was missing from the writing.
One thing that was interesting though was that the author gave some insight about the royal eunuchs in King Xerxes palace. It was very interesting to read about their role in the palace life.
Overall,I wish that I would’ve enjoyed this story a whole lot more than I did. I love reading just about anything concerning Esther. This story was a pretty alright read but nothing really stood out to me that’ll make me want to read it again. I really wasn’t impressed by this story like I thought I would be. The book cover is pretty awesome though!
This book is the first of the Dangerous Beauty series so hopefully I’ll be able to read the next book in this series.
Happy Reading Y’all!
*I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley by Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*