He-Who-Lifts-the-Sky continues the story of Shem and his wife Annah several generations later. With the birth of Sharah who has pale skin and blond hair, and her sister Keren who was born with darker skin, but with grey eyes, life for the Tribe of Shem will never be the same. Sharah take's great pride in her looks and the fact that she is different and uses this to her advantage, while Keren seeks to go unnoticed, but that in the harshes of times she finds a inner strength to stay true to God.
The story focuses on the two sisters who have come to the attention of the "Great King" Nimr-Raha. Sending horsemen to the take the women, Sharah willing leaves her husband and infant son to become the wife of the Great King, but Karen must be taken by force. During their five year captivity it becomes clear that while Nimr-Raha may have been attracted to Sharah, it's clearly it's Keren who holds his attention which brings a split to the sisters that is un-repairable.
I loved the way that the author used the idea of God changing peoples DNA years before He was to scatter them over the whole of the earth, kind of like he was kick starting the process.
I had a tough time with the first few chapters of this book mainly because of the names. It wasn't until about the middle of the book that I found a small genealogy chart in the back of the book that really helped in figuring out who everyone was and how they were related to each other.
It's very evident that the author did a lot of research in both the customs and the names. The day to day details were amazing and really brought life to the story.
He Who Lifts the Skies continues the story of Shem and Annah begun in The Heavens before, but this time focuses more on their great-granddaughters Sharah and Keren. Since the end of the flood, the descendants of Noah have spread across the Earth, becoming too numerous to count. Down on the plains, in the Great City, Nimr-Rada has become like a king, and led people away from worshipping the Most High. When Nimr-Rada captures Sharah and Keren to use in his plans to challenge the Most High by erecting the tower of Babel, Sharah willingly embraces the role he has for her, but Keren refuses to bow to his whims. Her very life becomes threatened as she must choose between following Nimr-Rada or remaining true to the Most High.
Kacy Barnett-Gramckow has spun an exciting, absorbing read in this second installment of The Genesis Trilogy. The book again breathes new life into a tale recounted in the Bible, exploring possibilities of what might have been while attempting to remain true to Scripture. The result in a fascinating imagining of what led up to the building of the tower of Babel, with original characters whose actions will invoke your emotions. Keren is my favourite character, full of spunk and life, all too human in her errors and mistakes, but ultimately with a heart that is sensitive to the calling of the Most High. The book is written in splendid prose, with plenty of action to keep the story moving along, making this a difficult book to put down. I walk away from the book realizing how easy it is for people to turn away from God, even in the face of amazing miracles and awe-inspiring displays of his power. He Who Lifts the Skies is a highly recommended read, and I award it 5 out of 5 stars.
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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.
This series is one of the best I've ever read!! I was completely distressed because I saw the last two books in a shop and bought them but had to put up with staring longingly at them for months before I could get to read them because it took so long to find the first one. Once I'd got The Heavens Before, I read and read and read like I've never read before. I have to confess I began this one at 7pm and finished it at 4am the next morning. They are the most incredible books. The Tower of Babel is shown like never before and portrayed brilliantly. Also the names are absolutely fascinating! Some parts of the book were tragic. I cried for so long when...oh I better not say in case you havent read this! Hey, if you havent, then you should! You'll not be able to put it down!
He Who Lifts the Skies begins several hundred years after the Great Flood and revolves around the lives of Noahs descendents, specifically Nimrod the great hunter mentioned briefly in the Bible. The earth has drastically changed since before the flood, and man has been given another chance to serve God with a pure heart. Once again, man is beginning to turn his back on the Most High and already the story of the flood is considered folk lore. However there is a remnant who stand true. Keren, a firm believer in the Most High, is taken captive to the Great City of Nimrod and threatened with her life should she refuse to bow to the king. Will she go against her convictions and bend her knee to someone other than the Most High? Her beautiful yet immoral sister is a constant source of anguish for her, and a forbidden love tugs at Kerens heart. Her years are filled with persecution and trials, which leaves the reader hungry to know how this young woman will handle each difficult situation. The storyline of He Who Lifts the Skies is captivating and original and one of the best reads around. A continuation in The Genesis Trilogy, by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, He Who Lifts the Skies should be classified as a book that cant be put down.