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Bathed in riches and commanding a frightening military force, the King of Persia possesses unimaginable power and rules his kingdom as a god. So when Esther, a Jewish girl, is ripped from her family to serve as his concubine, her only chance at survival is to become his queen. Can she save herself---and her people?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781501108679
ISBN-13: 9781501108679

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From the award-winning author of Sinners and the Sea comes a breathtaking new look into the timeless tale of Queen Esther, “a riveting tale of courage” (New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee).

A glittering Persian king has a vast empire that reaches farther than where the sun meets the horizon. He is bathed in riches and commands a frightening military force. He possesses power beyond any other mortal man and rules his kingdom as a god. Anything he desires, he has. Any woman he wants, he possesses. Thousands of them. Young virgins from all across his many lands.

A Jewish girl is ripped from her hut by the king’s brutish warriors and forced to march across blistering, scorched earth to the capital city. Trapped for months in the splendid cage of the king’s palace, she must avoid the ire of the king’s concubines and eunuchs all while preparing for her one night with the king. Soon the fated night arrives, and she does everything in her power to captivate the king and become his queen.

But wearing the crown brings with it a new set of dangers. When a ruthless man plies the king’s ear with whispers of genocide, it is up to the young queen to prevent the extermination of the Jews. She must find the strength within to violate the king’s law, risk her life, and save her people.

This is a story of finding hidden depths of courage within one’s self. Of risking it all to stand up for what is right.

This is the story of Queen Esther.

Author Bio

Rebecca Kanner’s writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award and a Loft Mentorship Award. Her stories have been published in numerous journals, including The Kenyon Review and The Cincinnati Review. She is a freelance writer and teaches writing at The Loft in Minneapolis.

Editorial Reviews

"The book of Esther comes to life in this vivid novel based on the Old Testament tale....Kanner's descriptions are convincing and rich."
"The brutality of Esther’s experience makes her bravery that much more impressive, while her understandable struggle with fear makes her believable."
“Like a shimmering mirage, the peasant girl Hadassah rises from humble roots to become the beguiling Queen Esther. Let this tale of exotic lands and palace intrigues weave its spell on you. You will be rattled, enthralled, and ultimately won over as Rebecca Kanner brings another woman of the Bible to radiant life.”
"Kanner has done it again. A beautiful story spun with the gilt and grit of historical detail and biblical tradition. Esther the way it really could have happened, a riveting tale of courage."
"Distinctively powerful and creative..."
"Fans of biblical fiction will love this fresh retelling. Kanner’s characters crackle to life as Esther’s tale is related in glorious detail. Razor-sharp dialog set against the backdrop of a court rife with treachery and political intrigue keep the pages turning."
“Vivid…enchanting.”
“Fascinating to read.”
“A compelling piece of historical fiction.”
"Kanner’s Esther is the best of the bunch."
"Skillful, empathetic characterizations; elegant writing, and seamless, edge-of-the-seat plotting make Esther a novel you won’t want to put down, and that you’ll wish would never end.”
“In her compelling novel of this well-known biblical heroine, Rebecca Kanner reveals the story of Esther as it’s never been told. With evocative prose and vivid historical detail, Kanner’s riveting story brings to life an imperfect, conflicted woman gifted with both beauty and intelligence. With strength and courage, Esther navigates the dangers of Xerxes court and her own desires to become the heroine of her story and save a nation.”

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    November 23, 2015
    MM
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Esther.
    I love, love, LOVED this book! Anyone would enjoy this book whether they have ever read a bible story or not. It is so well written I could almost smell the spices used by the Harem and taste the Persian dates. It is a testament to women's strength in a time they were allowed no strength. Esther is clever, strong, brave and yet submissive, she makes her disadvantages work in favor of her people. If you are looking for a book about God's miracles, stick to your Bible, this story is about Esther, and she does not disappoint! Keep in mind this is a FICTIONAL novel, built in the author's mind of what Esther would be like, what her world would be like, and challenges she would have been faced with in the real world.
  2. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not the Bibilical version of Esther at all.
    November 7, 2015
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Esther.
    I have to begin this review with saying the Biblical fictions are one of my favorites. We know the stories we read about in the books of the Bible don't contain every little piece of what happened but more of a synopis or summary of the book instead. I've read quite a few on the Book of Esther and was really looking forward to Rebecca Kanner's take on the story as well. While it may be based on the idea and concept of the story of Esther, the woman who would be queen, that is about all the Biblical aspects you will get from it aside from a quote from the Bible out of the book of Esther randomly at the beginning of certain chapters.

    Now keep in mind, we don't know the detailed extent to what happened from the time of Esther's capture until she is accepted as the replacement queen for Vashti under the rule of King Xerxes. I had hoped to see the same biblical themes carried through the story but was more of an afterthought than anything. The plot from Haman and his family was a subtly that didn't move the story in the direction it should have with more jealousy being placed on Halannah, not finding favor as Queen over Esther. While we know it would have been important to save her faith while living in the palace, in this story, Esther maintains possession of an object given to her by one of the soldiers she develops feelings for and would have been considered a pagan object by those of the Jewish faith whom Esther was raised firm to believe in and understand.

    The entire story was woven from what Esther does and who rallies behind her to help her rather than having faith in God to bring her to the place He ultimately has in store for her. If you take the Bible's story of Esther and this one, you can see there is quite the division between the two. I would have a really difficult time labeling this one a Christian based story since this one also deals with a lot of adult based themes more such as Esther's preparation to be queen and the night she must spend together with the King winning him over. There is a sexual undertone that you can't miss throughout this book. That being said, if you want a book that takes the concept of Esther, a young girl kidnapped to become queen your story, than this one is perfect. I would not recommend this to someone thinking it is a biblical version of the same story because it is not.

    I received Esther: A Novel by Rebecca Kanner compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review. As I stated above, this is not the biblical version of Esther but a more adult and modern version of the story over what the Bible clearly points out. While it does contain some scripture it is not to help guide or educate the reader along the way with the purpose behind the story of how a Jewish woman would rely on her faith in God to save the Jewish people and win the heart of the King in the process, not through seduction, but on her godly character and morals. I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Marvelous Retelling Of Esther With History and Faith
    November 4, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Esther.
    Rebecca Kanner in her new book, Esther published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Esther.

    From the Inside Jacket Cover: From the award-winning author of Sinners and the Sea comes a breathtaking new look into the timeless tale of Queen Esther.

    A glittering Persian king has a vast empire that reaches farther than where the sun meets the horizon. He is bathed in riches and commands a frightening military force. He possesses power beyond any other mortal man and rules his kingdom as a god. Anything he desires, he has. Any woman he wants, he possesses. Thousands of them. Young virgins from all across his many lands.

    A Jewish girl is ripped from her hut by the kings brutish warriors and forced to march across blistering, scorched earth to the capital city. Trapped for months in the splendid cage of the kings palace, she must avoid the ire of the kings concubines and eunuchs all while preparing for her one night with the king. Soon the fated night arrives, and she does everything in her power to captivate the king and become his queen.

    But wearing the crown brings with it a new set of dangers. When a ruthless man plies the kings ear with whispers of genocide, it is up to the young queen to prevent the extermination of the Jews. She must find the strength within to violate the kings law, risk her life, and save her people.

    This is a story of finding hidden depths of courage within ones self. Of risking it all to stand up for what is right.

    Esther, the young Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia. There is even a whole book of The Bible named after her. Here Ms. Kanner goes into great depth and detail regarding Esthers relationship with king Xerxes of Persia. Then there is the complication that Haman wants to eliminate all of the Jews and it is possible for hi to succeed. The only one standing in his way is Esther and if she fails Xerxes will have her executed. Esther has real drama in it and wonderful characters, not just Esther, Xerxes and Haman the other secondary characters that play a huge part in this story. There is also romance. Rebecca Kanner has done more than give us a fictionalized retelling of Biblical events she has given us some real depth of history and faith in God. It is a marvelous story.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Esther
    November 3, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Esther.
    Before you read the novel, please read the Old Testament book Esther. Why? So that you may know what facts or truths are included in the work of fiction or what comes from the authors imagination. When I approached the book, it was with high hopes that it would be as well written as Sinners & the Sea. However, the deeper I proceeded in the story, the more disappointed I became with the writing. The first reason is due to the over abundance of the focal point of the male characters upon womens northern body parts. The second reason is the even mild overture of the time Esther experiences with her husband the king. The third reason is that Esther is not portrayed as a strong Jewish woman, but one who clings to a token given to her by a royal guard who frankly lusts after her and Esther after him. Finally, I am concerned that many will pick up the book, forgetting it is a novel and not inspired Scripture and believe the fictional work as truth.

    The themes of murderous plots, enemies of the Jewish people and Purim along with the power of God were lost in the telling. Some of the directions the plot took or the way characters were portrayed whether real or fiction wasnt believable to me. I read a lot of books with various themes from various genres. My conviction is when you write a story based on people or events from Scripture it is wise to be very careful in weaving the story, staying as close to Scripture as possible. Now, the author tells readers right off which characters were real and those that werent, which was a helpful tool to anyone who never even read the biblical account of Esther. I know that Esther wasnt perfect, but I dont think the novel portrayed her in a way that is accurate.

    I could see how women such as the concubines, virgins and multitudes of servants would plot to assassinate anyone they didnt like or was placed in the position they coveted. Why though at the very end of the book were some of the most important points or events of the book of Esther in the Bible seemingly plugged in and then glossed over? Other authors have written fictional accounts of biblical people or events that I enjoyed as they stayed true to the scriptural portrayal while adding fictional aspects to the story that seemed to enhance the understanding instead of distorting facts. As I read, I kept asking myself what the goal or purpose of the author was in writing the novel. I still am not sure. I just hope that people remember to read the true story of Esther and the history of Jewish people.
  5. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Esther
    November 3, 2015
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Esther.
    Esther is a beautifully written retelling of the Biblical Esther. I really enjoyed Rebecca Kanner's vision of how Esther lived and what she was really like. She really brought the Biblical times to life and I felt was right there.

    What a fabulous read!

    100 plus stars.

    I received this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
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