I am a fan of biblical fiction. Especially the stories about the women of the bible. I loved Red Tent. I loved Sarah. Now I love Esther.
This book was written from two perspectives, the obvious perspective of Esther, a middle class girl who ends up the queen of Persia when Persia pretty much ran the world, and the perspective of the king's chief attendant. I thought this was genius! The king's attendant gives us insight into what the king is thinking and is doing but without being arrogant like I would expect the king to be. There may have been too great a contrast if the story was told from the haughty point of view of the king compared to the simple Jewish girl's point of view.
Coincidentally, there has been a series of sermons on the radio recently about the book of Esther. I've listened to bits and pieces and this book followed pretty stinkin' close. I REALLY love biblical fiction when it follows the Bible pretty closely. I listened to the audio version of this book and I really enjoyed it, but I think I would have enjoyed reading it as well. Give this one a try!
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