Garden of Madness  -     By: Tracy L. Higley
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For seven years, Babylonian princess Tiamat has kept her family's secret, waiting for her father, mad King Nebuchadnezzar, to return to his right mind. But when a nobleman is found dead, evidence points to a man-beast roaming the gardens. Will her closely guarded secret be discovered? Will Tia risk everything to save the kingdom---and herself? 400 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 140168680X
ISBN-13: 9781401686802

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Publisher's Description

The untold story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s daughter

For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world.

Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an opulent yet oppressive life in the palace. But her husband has since died and she relishes her newfound independence. When a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own freedom is threatened.

As the queen plans to wed Tia to yet another prince, the powerful mage Shadir plots to expose the family’s secret and set his own man on the throne. Tia enlists the help of a reluctant Jewish captive, her late husband’s brother Pedaiah, who challenges her notions of the gods even as he opens her heart to both truth and love.

In a time when few gave their hearts to Yahweh, Tia must decide if she is willing to risk everything—her possessions, her gods, and her very life—for the Israelites’ one God. Madness, sorcery, and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist’s deadly potion as Tia chooses whether to risk all to save the kingdom—and her family.


"The biblical story of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s seven years as a madman, found in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, deepens and broadens thanks to veteran author Higley’s historical research and vivid imagination . . . Readers will find much to enjoy here: fine writing, suspense, mystery, faith, love, and a new look at an old story." —Publishers Weekly

"Higley gives readers a dose of biblical history set in King Nebuchadnezzar’s palatial gardens and a character like no other in Tiamat, devoted daughter of a king gone mad. The author’s insights into a woman’s inner strength as she searches for the one true God will leave readers rejoicing."—Romantic Times TOP PICK

"Her story will appeal not just to readers of historical fiction but also to those with an interest in biblical history." —Booklist

Publisher's Weekly

The biblical story of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s seven years as a madman, found in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, deepens and broadens thanks to veteran author Higley’s historical research and vivid imagination. Tiamat, daughter of the mad king, finds herself at the center of palace intrigue when her husband, son of the imprisoned Israelite king, dies. Her mother wants her to wed a Median prince to preserve her family; the powerful mage Shadir intends her to marry his protégé, Amel-Marduk; Tiamat wants neither, torn between her desire for freedom and her feelings for Pedaiah, her late husband’s brother. Secrets pile upon secrets and danger lurks everywhere as Tiamat searches for answers. She must decide between the evil gods of her youth and the true God who promises peace and love, but may require that she give up the life she knows. Readers will find much to enjoy here: fine writing, suspense, mystery, faith, love, and a new look at an old story. Agent, Steve Laube (May)2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will find much to enjoy here: fine writing, suspense, mystery, faith, love, and a new look at an old story.”
“The author’s insights into a woman’s inner strengths . . . will leave readers rejoicing.”
“Even more riveting than the historical background is the mystery that Higley creates as the backdrop to her exploration of the ancient world. . . . Readers will not be satisfied until they have discovered the truth along with Tiamat.”

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow, just Wow.
    March 29, 2015
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Garden of madness tells the story of King Nebuchadnezzar youngest daughter Tiamat. When her husband Shealtiel suddenly dies, and her mother pressuring her to remarry as soon as possible, Tia turns to the only person that had ever shone her any kind of love, her father. Unfortunately the King is still in the mist of his madness, his punishment from God. Living in the mist of his famous hanging gardens, Nebuchadnezzar knows that this human who comes to talk to him everyday is no threat to him. When rumors begin to surface that it might have been Tia who killed him, Tia begins to search for the truth, but will she survive once the truth is reveled?

    Tiamat was a great character even if she was naive, but she also displays great courage as she faces the darkness that threatens her family. I found it interesting that she runs to help her cope. Im not sure that I find that bit historical accurate or even believable. However I found the storyline about good vs evil incredible. Tia, who has lived her entire life in shadow & darkness, but when God begins to break through that darkness, Tia needs to fight for her life.

    Tracy Higley always delivers a great, well written story full of vivid characters and although the ending was a bit predicable the journey there was not. I loved the fact that God was featured prominently in the story. This was a five star book and I would highly recommend it.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 30, 2013
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Awesome story telling, felt like I was with the people of the story.
  3. Harrisville, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    very good book
    July 25, 2013
    Harrisville, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I liked this book. It refers to Daniel - from the Lion's Den - several times throughtout the story. It tries to depict Nebachanezzer's view point as an animal. It includes his wife and she runs the kingdom while he is not himself. I liked it. I would like to read her other 4 books also.
  4. Tallahassee, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 28, 2013
    Tallahassee, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Think you know the story of Nebuchadnezzar and his madness?

    That sounded terribly cheesy.

    I saw "Garden of Madness" and I felt drawn to it. So, I got it, not even knowing what gem I had asked for.

    I begin reading it, and was drawn into this Babylonian world so familiar to the biblical and historical one I was familiar with, and yet so new, fresh, and dark.

    I couldn't put it down, I flew through it, and I didn't even bother to say, "just one more chapter", as I knew that would never come to be.

    And I finished it in a matter of hours. All 337 pages of it. Done. I think I might have broken a new personal record.

    The cast in this novel....are stunning. Honestly so. So well crafted and third dimensional. I believe the greatest example would be Queen Amytis. While she is a true life person, she was brought to so much life. And it was done stunningly. When the book starts out, we see her as a stern, unfair, and, yes, cruel mother who seems to hate her daughter (Tiamat, the main character) for no apparent reason than she just does.

    But as the story progresses, we see Amytis for who she truly is, a woman who is falling apart, but must hold a throne together without the support of a King and husband.

    And of course, her chilliness towards Tiamat is well explained, though, to divulge such facts now would be breaking the River Song code of "spoilers!"

    Queen Amytis is only one, from Amel-Marduk, Tiamat, Pedaiah, Shadir, Daniel (of course Daniel was included! In fact, through this read, I've grown to truly desire to meet Daniel. What an amazing man he was. I think he is the sort of fellow I could confine in without being scolded, just kindly directed) and Nebuchadnezzar. His character was made so much more clearer. It was...amazing.

    The whole book through, I remained gripping the sides of my proverbial chair, and thinking to myself, "there is no way this can turn out happy for everyone. There is no way Tiamat can fix this".

    And you know what? I was right.

    It came shockingly, like, a bucket of cold water I should have expected.

    None of us can fix messes in this world. None of us can right wrongs.

    At least, not alone.

    But everything does turn out good for everyone in the end. (Expect for Shadir, but do I look like I care about him?).

    But not my Tia's hand, nor by Daniel's, or any extremely awesome Jewish guy who I adored before Tia thought it cool. *hipster glasses*.

    But by Yahweh's. things were an awful mess until she reached out to him, and begged for him to "take the wheel" as Carrie Underwood says.

    That ice bucket of water reminded me of how often I do the same thing, I try to take control, to work things out all on my own, when Yahweh yearns to take it from my shoulder so he can deal with it.

    It's a retelling of that mysterious time period when Nebuchadnezzar went through his humbling madness. It painted a picture of how the kingdom was kept safe by attackers or enemies within the palace.

    But it's more it's a novel about searching and finding truth, be it pleasant or painful.

    It's about pride, and learning to humble yourself before God.

    It's about the complicated relationships within families, the ties, the bonds and strengths that hold us together.

    And it's about trusting your well being, your very life, into God's hand; letting Him shelter you and yours beneath his wings, and giving the fight, whatever it is, into his capable hands.

    And even with all that, I feel I haven't praised this book enough.
  5. Prattville, Alabama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating trip to ancient Babylon
    July 19, 2012
    Prattville, Alabama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like living in the times of the kings of the Bible? What if you were of the house of Nebuchadnezzar? Say, the daughter of the great king himself? I love history, the actual life of history. I always want to know more. And Tracy L. Higley has certainly satisfied my curiosity and held my attention with this new book, Garden of Madness.

    Garden of Madness is set at the end of the seven years of Nebuchadnezzar's banishment, when he roamed as a madman, as a beast, until he submitted to the one true God, the God of the Jews, Yahweh. Nebuchadnezzar's youngest daughter Tiamat has just lost her husband (whom she was forced to marry to form a political alliance), the son of the imprisoned Jewish king Jehoichan. Now she is faced with another impending forced marriage alliance to one of her mother's cousins, a prince of the Medes. Unbeknownst to Tiamat, the mage Shadir is plotting his own takeover of the throne through marriage to Tia by a man of his choosing. A third possible contender for Tia's hand in marriage is the unwilling Pedaiah, the brother of Tia's deceased husband.

    With so many unwanted marriage options, along with ferreting out the reason for the death of Tia's husband and two murders in the palace, Tia seeks solace in the presence of her father Nebuchadnezzar, to whom she remains loyal even through his madness. She tries to find answers through the ways of her people using the magic of the powerful mage Shadir and through sacrifice to the gods. When she finds herself in impossible, terrifying circumstances she begins to believes she is going mad. After all, isn't madness hereditary?

    In her search for answers, Tia has to decide if she is willing to follow where truth leads, and if she is willing to make choices based on that truth. Following truth leads to surprising personal decisions and outcomes for Tia and her family.

    Tracy Higley does a wonderful job answering the question of what might have happened to Nebuchadnezzar during his seven year absence, who might have reigned in his stead, how a takeover of the kingdom may have been presented, and a look into the life of the beloved Daniel. To find out more about this book visit Tracy's website. By the way, I'm going to the website myself to check out all of her other books!

    In order to comply with new Federal Trade Commission regulations, please note that this book was provided compliments of the Booksneeze program.
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