Legend of Sheba: The Rise of a Queen   -     By: Tosca Lee
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Howard Books / 2014 / Hardcover

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In the tenth century BCE, on the eve of her father's death, the new Queen of Sheba, Makeda, has inherited the throne and all his riches. Makeda's realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But growing tension with Egypt threatens her trade routes by way of the Red Sea. The queen has heard tales of Solomon for some time. Concerned about alliance with Egypt, Makeda decides to travel north to cement her own alliance with Israel's king. As she and Solomon spend days testing one another, Solomon becomes tortured by his love for her. He submits to love her and is willing to give her anything she asks of him-as a king or as a man.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.00 X 0.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1451684045
ISBN-13: 9781451684049
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Her name is legend. Her story, the epic of nations. The Queen of Sheba. A powerful new novel of love, power, and the questions at the heart of existence by the author of the award-winning “brilliant” (Library Journal) and “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) Iscariot.

There is the story you know: A foreign queen, journeying north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king favored by the One God. The tale of a queen conquered by a king and god both before returning to her own land laden with gifts.

That is the tale you were meant to believe.

Which means most of it is a lie.

The truth is far more than even the storytellers could conjure. The riches more priceless. The secrets more corrosive. The love and betrayal more passionate and devastating.

Across the Red Sea, the pillars of the great oval temple once bore my name: Bilqis, Daughter of the Moon. Here, to the west, the porticoes knew another: Makeda, Woman of Fire. To the Israelites, I was queen of the spice lands, which they called Sheba.

In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father’s throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world—or of Sheba’s queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king. But neither ruler has anticipated the clash of agendas, gods, and passion that threatens to ignite—and ruin—them both. An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.

Author Bio

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot; Demon: A Memoir; Havah: The Story of Eve; and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. To learn more about Tosca, visit ToscsaLee.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Another winner by Lee."
“Tosca Lee’s The Legend of Sheba is a tale of lush prose, rich setting, and meticulously researched historic detail. The Queen of Sheba may be a figure obscured by the millennia, but Tosca Lee brings her to life—and she is strong, capable, and irresistibly seductive.”
“I didn’t think I could admire a novel more than I admired Iscariot, but Tosca Lee has outdone herself with The Legend of Sheba. As luscious as the ancient Arabian kingdom and as fascinating as the queen who ruled it, Sheba captivates with beauty, depth, intelligence, and cunning storytelling skill.”
“Tosca Lee’s The Legend of Sheba is a rich, sensuous tale of passion. Sheba has it all: power, riches, intrigue, dangerous journeys and a timeless, unforgettable romance. Lee brings the Bible story of Solomon and Sheba alive. You'll never read it the same way after you devour this amazing book.”
The Legend of Sheba is an enthralling, impeccably-researched novel full of wisdom that will appeal to both religious and secular audiences. The vivid beauty of Lee’s prose is unsurpassed. I felt as though Sheba herself was speaking to me, and her struggles and triumphs were my own.”
"Beautifully imagined, culturally informed, and compellingly narrated, Tosca Lee brings new life to an ancient story."
The Legend of Sheba is no fairy tale romance of a woman swooning for a king. Tosca Lee has once again proven to be a fearless, dare I say, reckless storyteller as she gives us an unbridled retelling of a queen strong in wisdom and heart. It will leave you reflecting far beyond the turn of the last page.”
“As a meticulous researcher Lee consistently strives to make her stories not just believable but eye-popping with realism. The Legend of Sheba leaves no novel stone unturned—action, intrigue, romance, and even a mystical make this a novel that must be read in a single setting. The verbal tapestry of a minor biblical narrative will have readers examining the story of Sheba and Solomon in a completely new light.”

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  1. ddalebooks
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow! Another great Biblical novel by Tosca Lee!
    August 19, 2014
    ddalebooks
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her fathers throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the worldor of Shebas queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king. But neither ruler has anticipated the clash of agendas, gods, and passion that threatens to igniteand ruinthem both. An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.

    Wow! What a great novel! The book has a great narrative, entwining what little we know of the mysterious Queen of Sheba and the famous king Solomon in stirring pursuit of wisdom, truth, and deity. The historical aspect of the book gave me so much understanding of the culture and practices of the ancient world. I loved how the author showed the emptiness of the human soul in a search for the One True God, and how the Queen struggled to understand how a people could worship a nameless, faceless God. I felt that I gained a better understanding of why, perhaps, Solomon was so apt to marry wife after wife, and still be left wanting. It seems that even having great wisdom and unfathomable riches (and wives!) is not enough without an all-consuming pursuit of God. I give this book an A+ - a great read for adult audiences. (Its clean, but there are many adult situations that are appropriate only for older audiences.)

    I received an advance copy of this book from Tosca Lee and Simon & Schuster in an agreement to post my honest review. I found out about the opportunity by following Tosca on Facebook, so go check her out!
  2. MHall
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Legend of Sheba: Another New Favorite
    August 14, 2014
    MHall
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    As an expert proofreader and editor, I find myself less enthralled with new books each time I open a cover. However, with Legend of Sheba, I found myself so captivated that I could not put it down (or exit the program in this case) until the last page had been scoured. I did not want to see the book end, and found myself hoping for just one more chapter, just one more paragraph, about this character I had come to love.

    While not for older children or teenagers, this is an excellent read for adults. It does reference some premarital sex but it is not graphic regarding these scenes, in my opinion. Captivating and thought-provoking, it will change the way you see the relationship between King Solomon and the legendary Queen, and especially the Bible's Song of Solomon.
  3. Rainy
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    August 11, 2014
    Rainy
    Quality: 5
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    This book was so beautiful from the cover to the very words inside. I knew as soon as I heard about this book that I'd like it... well I actually fell in love with it. The queen of Sheba has always been a mystery and Tosca Lee brings her to life. It took me three days to read this book. (I wouldn't have put it down if I didn't have to do other human stuff.) I would recommend this book to anyone. Great job Tosca!
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