Angela Hunt’s latest novel, King’s Shadow, is based on the years of King Herod’s reign before the calendar turns to the Common Era. It follows two women, one fictional, one historical, as they seek to survive amid treachery, rumors, and conspiracy.
King Herod’s sister Salome loves her brother and lives to protect him from every danger. She may be a schemer, but her plans seek to help Herod maintain his throne against those who would undo him.
Zara is Salome’s handmaiden. A fictional creation, she is a Jew who seeks to follow God while living in Herod’s palace. She cares about the woman she serves and the children often caught in the middle of their parents’ wars.
I am not usually a fan of Biblical Fiction, however Angela Hunt is a master, so I was curious to read her latest work. Unfortunately, the story did not hook me like I hoped. It read more like a novelized history than a story and had too many names to keep straight. If you are a fan of that type of novel, you will likely enjoy Angela Hunt’s fluid writing and attention to detail.
My favorite part of the book actually came at the end with a list of the historical versus fictionalized aspects of the story. I’m a fan of history, so I loved seeing unique moments recorded by ancient historians.
I struggle to give a negative opinion of this story simply because it was not a genre I enjoy. The writing was fantastic and the premise fascinating. So, if this type of story is one you would love, then I highly recommend picking up a copy.
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