Okay, first off: the beginning and ending of the story were about this modern-day bride named Hadassah. I seriously didn't get why the heck the author included that in the book.
Second: There were a whole lot of sexually and morbidly graphic descriptions in the book about killings and the "one night with the king", not to mention the thing about the eunuchs. Some people may be able to overlook them, but the squemish should beware.
Third: This book was a big old disappointment! The movie based on this book is WAY better. I love the movie On Night with the King, but the book, not so much. I was expecting a more intriguing book than this. I was quite disappointed.
Some people may like this book. Some, like me, may not. To each his own.
I can't even give this book a 1 rating. It was very difficult to finish reading. It was way too graphic and violent for my tastes. It was a real downer to me and I was glad to finally finish it and put it down. I will not be taking a chance on any more books by this author. I like uplifting books; not books that give me nightmares and make me feel depressed and dread finishing it. Keep in mind there is only sketchy history here and most of it is the wild immaginations of the author. Way too much emphasis on sexual themes.