A Crown in the Stars in the is the breathtaking conclusion to the Genesis Trilogy. This book picks up years after Keren and Zekaryah's daring escape from the Great City. In this book it's their daughter Shoshannah who is in danger from her mother's enemies. When Shoshannah is thoughtlessly taken to the Great City by careless relatives, where she is recognized by her Uncle and taken into his household and held there. Her husband Kaleb hear's of her captivity and along with his brother, they ride to the Great City to rescue her.
This book had a lot of thought put into it, which I really appreciated. The author didn't just take the "easy" way out to explain things. The tower of Babel and the fact that the author made it a center of worship for the city and it's people. In the bible The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, the author worked Shem and his wife Annah into that part of the story. The way she handled the aging process, the shorting of people's lives after the flood and the confusing of Man's language and the aftermath and confusion that came out of that. I liked the fact that she made certain people have the same language, people that really didn't like each other, but out of survival needed to stay together. It was a very well written, well thought through book. Be warned, this is one of those books that is very hard to put down.
Book three in The Genesis Trilogy continues the story of the Tower of Babel that began in book two, He Who Lifts the Skies. Despite the death of their ruler Nimr-Rada, the inhabitants of the Great City have continued on with his plans to erect the Tower of Babel as part of their rebellion against the Most High. Keren, who was introduced in the second book and had been a captive of Nimr-Rada in the Great City, has since married and had a family of her own. When her daughter Shoshannah becomes trapped in the Great City, she becomes the focus of Nimr-Rada's son and former wife's obsession for revenge of Nimr-Rada's death, and ends up at the centre of a show-down between the rebellious people and the Most High.
A Crown in the Stars is a fabulous conclusion to The Genesis Trilogy, allowing the reader to imagine with vivid detail the state of the Earth's people following the flood and the rush to rebel against God. Readers will be pleased to revisit characters from prior books, including Annah and Keren and Sharah, while coming to care about new characters like Shoshannah. The author has again created life-like characters who you either quickly come to like or you develop strong feelings against their wicked ways. Reading this novel made me ponder on God's amazing patience, that so soon after God destroyed the Earth and miraculously saved Noah and his family, that people could quickly forget about the Most High and return to evil. A Crown in the Stars is a captivating read, filled with deep emotions, high-paced adventure, and with a sobering conclusion that serves as a warning to us all.
I give this book my highest recommendation of 5 out of 5 stars, and indeed recommend the entire series. These books will long live on in my mind, and I plan on returning to them often throughout the years, for they have earned a permanent place on my shelves.
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I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
"A Crown in the Stars" is Biblical fiction. It's the third and final book in the series. You can understand this book without first reading the previous books, but it did spoil some events that occurred in the second book. Personally, I enjoyed the first book the most and this book the least in the series (though I did like it), so I'd suggest starting with the first book: The Heavens Before.
One of the things I've enjoyed about this series is that the author stayed true to the information given in the Bible. The author also clearly did her research as to what the culture would have been like, and those details brought the story alive in my imagination.
However, according to ancient chroniclers, the confusion of languages and dispersion happened before Nimrod's death--which also makes sense based on what the Bible says. However, this book had Nimrod dying years before the confusion of languages. I had a hard time getting into the story since I knew events couldn't actually have happened like that (except for her depiction of how the confusion of languages caused the dispersion, which was interesting and possible).
The characters were complex and realistic--even the "bad guys." There was a low level of suspense throughout the story as various characters were in potential physical danger due to the other characters' political scheming.
Shoshannah believed in the Most High, but she questioned why He didn't help her escape her captivity. However, she did come to see how He was protecting her. There was no explicit sex. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting novel.
I loved the Genisis Trilogy....all three books. They were all fast moving, exciting, and gave a description of how the Tower of Babel could have actually evolved.It has made me think how fast we can loose sight of God, just from one generation to the next.
I have literally read thousands of books...and I have never read a series that has so captured me! Sometimes the license that authors take with Biblical stories is border line...but, this author nailed it dead on! I was transported to a different time and was caught up in the cultural aspects of the stories. When are you going to write more, Kacy??? Soon! God bless you and your work...