King’s Shadow by Angela Elwell Hunt

About the book: Two women occupy a place in Herod’s court. The first, Salome, is the king’s only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve. 

The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion. 

Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless–both women struggle to reach their goals and survive in Herod the Great’s tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Genre: Biblical fiction, Historical Fiction

Series: The Silent Years #4

My thoughts: I didn’t realize when I agreed to review this book that it was the final book in the series. I don’t think I missed out on too much though as this story seemed to stand on its own. While I did find it an interesting read I did have a couple of issues with it.

My first issue was the names of the characters. So many were so similar to each other that I had a difficult time keeping the characters straight in my mind while reading. I found myself rereading paragraphs just to try to figure out what was going on and who was who. After a while, I gave up on this and decided I’d just figure it out as I went.

My other issue with this book was all of the detail provided. It seemed like the story got bogged down in the details and it caused the pace of the book to be off. I found myself putting the book down often because of all the descriptions and detail. While I do like the detail in stories I read too much can be just as bad as not enough. That was the case in this book.

As far as the characters my favorite was Zara. It was interesting to read about how she became the handmaid and what was required of her in her service to Salome. Salome was somewhat likable but I never really felt a connection to her. Herod was almost impossible for me to like as well as all of his children.

All in all, this wasn’t a bad story and fans of biblical fiction will most likely enjoy it. I’m not sure I would pick up the rest of the books in this series. It just wasn’t really my cup of tea.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

About the author: Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who expect the unexpected in novels. With over five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 140 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels.

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