I normally stay away from Biblical fiction, simply because I hate it when people change things about the Bible (it's "fiction", after all!) but I decided to try this one- I figured, since it wasn't actually about a Biblical character, it couldn't really offend me, right?
I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this book. It captured my attention from the very beginning, and it held my interest the entire book. And I actually liked the portrayals of the Bible characters who are included- King Nebuchadnezzar (obviously) and Daniel. Though from the beginning I had a pretty good idea who the culprit was, this book still had some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I don't read many books set in the BC time period, so I wasn't sure how I would like this setting, but I greatly enjoyed learning new things about this point in history. The book wasn't exactly a light read; I wouldn't recommend it to younger readers. However, for high-schoolers it is not only an interesting, fast-paced story, but a history lesson about Ancient Babylon.
I received this book for free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.
Garden of Madness centers around the Babylonian Princess Tiamat, daughter of the great King Nebuchadnezzar. 7 years have gone by since Nebuchadnezzar's spiral into madness, and Princess Tiamat finds herself newly widowed and exposed to the plots of powerful Magi to take down the throne. Rejected by her own mother, she searches for truth, only to find an unraveling darkness at work, taking her to the very edge of her sanity and all she holds dear. Will she embrace the truth of her past only to succumb to the pressures around her, or will she find strength in an unknown god and find the courage to face it all?
All I have to say is WOW. I have not been this impressed with a novel for a very long time and this is easily my best read all year. Garden of Madness has the bones and the character of a best seller. I was intrigued by the story of Princess Tiamat, and though largely fictional, includes the historical components of the Book of Daniel and makes its reality spring to life!
Although Tracey L. Higley has her own writing style, I found the same passion, the same depth of characters and adventure that I would find in a Francine Rivers book. She is an amazing writer and visionary.
5 Stars out of 5!
This book was provided to me for free by Book Sneeze, contingent on an unbiased review.