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EmP2416Age: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Continued Biblical Saga of IsaiahFebruary 22, 2020EmP2416Age: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Mesu Andrews always does a phenomenal job with Biblical fiction, and "Isaiah's Legacy" is no exception. However, the themes that are in this novel do run a bit darker than some previous books, so be aware.
As this is a sequel, you would be wise to read "Isaiah's Daughter" before picking this one up. Some prior characters are mentioned, so it's good to have that previous history to refer to as you read. Andrews' characters are detailed and full of depth. She also does a wonderful job of connecting history and Scriptural cultural references. You will learn a lot reading her work!
Schulle has the opportunity to tutor King Manasseh, helping him adapt to royal customs and restrictions. As Manasseh and Schulle grow, so does their relationship with one another. However, the connections that result from royal life begin to turn Schulle's heart away from Yahweh, the God her father served all his life. Will this departure from following the one true God bring ruin to young Manasseh's kingdom? Will the relationship between Schulle and Nasseh unravel in the midst of false gods, sacrifices and multiple wives? Will their hearts always be captive to the stars, underworld and other religions, or will they shed the cultural norms to run after Yahweh?
As I said, some of the themes in this novel are difficult, but the underlying message of the book remains the sovereign love of a God that will not stop chasing after prodigals, offering second chances for a new life. Andrews' novels always leave me wanting to read more Scripture and truly learn about those inside its pages. Always well done, "Isaiah's Legacy" is one not to miss.
I was an early reader, thanks to Waterbrook Publishers. All opinions are my own.
B MaceAlexandria, MNAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The one true GodFebruary 22, 2020B MaceAlexandria, MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The theme of light in the darkness threads its way throughout the whole book. Though we do not always understand the plans of God, we can trust His goodness for a future we cannot yet see.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Powerful biblical dramaFebruary 20, 2020MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In all honesty, this was a challenging novel to read. I struggled to make it through the spiritually dark parts but persevered because I knew the book had a redemptive theme and that there was hope for the future for the characters. I thought from the title that this would include more about the prophet Isaiah, but he seemed a minor character with royalty parading across the pages and evil attempting to triumph over the right and good. This fictional account follows the life of Manasseh, King Hezekiah's son, whom we know from the Bible. The author did a marvelous job at bringing the story and the characters to life. That's why the ungodly parts, although not detailed, weigh so heavily on the spirit. And the growth and gradual changes in the characters appear so realistic. You feel like you know their hearts and thoughts. This book stands alone as a complete tale, one we can all learn from. I received a book to facilitate this review. The views and opinions expressed here are 100 percent honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, part 255 guidelines concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in advertising.
KatheryneKBT5 Stars Out Of 5Kings of IsraelFebruary 19, 2020KatheryneKBTQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first book by Mesu Andrews that I have read, and the first biblical fiction book I have read in quite a while. I really enjoyed this book! I was impressed with the level of detail in the description of the setting as well as the full and robust character development. Each chapter started with a brief scripture which helped the reader keep the story lined up with the Bible. While I am not a biblical scholar, I was completely satisfied with the level of biblical accuracy given that this book is fiction based on the bible and not a bible study or book of theology. I am looking forward to reading more Old Testament fiction from this author.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Extraordinary Biblical fictionFebruary 19, 2020AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Isaiah's Legacy, third in the Prophets and Kings series by Mesu Andrews, is historical fiction at its finest. Mesu Andrews does a marvelous job of telling the story of a young boy who becomes Judah's most evil king and the women who love him. Taking Biblical history and fleshing out the story, the author brings readers a thoroughly captivating read. With descriptive prose that makes the reader feel like you are right there in the scenes and realistic dialogue, the author expertly portrays the struggles and emotions of the characters and brings clarification of some of the convoluted political alliances and oppositions of this time period. The development of the characters throughout the story is strong, especially Shulle, whose rejection of Yahweh leads her to become a priestess of the dark arts and incantations of Babylonian magic. Would she ever be able to know Yahweh is the only true God? I enjoyed the portrayal of the Queen/Queen Mother Zibah throughout the story, seeing her as a wise and faithful Yahwist who is strong in the hope that Yahweh will capture Nasseh's heart again. This is not a light read but it is a story of hope and a reminder that Yahweh is the God who is in the business of restoration. The author leaves a strong message with her readers. Yahweh is faithful forever and we can trust His love even when we don't know His plan.
I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.