The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen  -     By: Tosca Lee
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.375 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1451684088
ISBN-13: 9781451684087

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Publisher's Description

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.

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 The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, and Sovereign) with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. She received her BA in English and International Relations from Smith College. A lifelong adventure traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest with her husband and children. To learn more please visit: ToscaLee.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Another winner by Lee."
“A dramatic and unforgettable portrait of an intriguing woman. This exquisite novel will. . .appeal to fans of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent.”
"Impressively well written and compellingly entertaining from beginning to end."
“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.”
"The book promises 'An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.' If anyone can deliver such a thing, it is award-winning, bestselling author Tosca Lee."

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    WOW
    July 2, 2016
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Legend of Sheba: The Rise of a Queen.
    After her mothers death, and her fathers lack of attention, Bilqis, the Princess of Seba, finds herself in the care of the palace nannys and is happy until her father remarry and his new wife produces an heir. Her step mother then convinces her father that Bilqis needs to marry. At the age of fifteen Bilqis is forced into exile in a small provenance at the south end of her fathers kingdom. There she begins to build a quiet life, content to stay out of the palace intrigue and conspiracies. But at the age of eighteen she receives word of her father impending death by a group of her fathers most trusted allies, and a power struggle of her kingdom's throne is about to begin. Convinced by these nobles that she has a claim to the throne she makes her way back to the palace only to find that she has been betrayed by the one person that she trusted beyond all others.

    Although I really do not know really anything about this historical figure except what I've read about her in the bible and on Wikipedia, so I was very impressed by the authors ability to bring this woman to life. To incorporate into her character a restless desire to know the upstart new King of the infant Hebrew nations. I love the flirting that Sheba and Solomon do through letters. It was so funny and so well written. I think that those were my favorite parts of the book. It felt almost like two teenagers finding love for the first time.

    The research and the imagination that was poured into this book was amazing. Since reading her book Demon, which remains one of my all-time favorite books, she has captured and held my attention with each new book.

    There is a warning here though, this book, while not graphic, deals with several adult issue, so if you have a tween or a young teen, I would read the book first so you can judge.

    Overall I loved this book. I thought it was brilliant and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    New Biblical Fiction Classic
    July 2, 2015
    AddLibrarian
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    As one of Ted Dekker's* co-writers, Tosca Lee is already set up as a big name. With her most recent title, The Legend of Sheba, she sets herself up to gain even more ground.

    Sheba isn't typical Inspy biblical fiction. It reads more like a secular novel. It doesn't sugarcoat Solomon's shortcomings and it's not really a love story. It is a story about Sheba and her fight to win and keep her throne and to safeguard her small country from her greedy and powerful neighbors. Sheba is a fascinating character, and Lee's depiction of her world and struggle to keep her throne and find the love she craves has a depth that is indicative of just how good of a writer Tosca Lee truly is.

    I do have to be honest and say that The Legend of Sheba isn't my favorite Tosca Lee novel. That honor goes to Havah, Lee's novel about Eve.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    WOW
    March 28, 2015
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After her mothers death, and her fathers lack of attention, Bilqis, the Princess of Seba, finds herself in the care of the palace nannys and is happy until her father remarry and his new wife produces an heir and then convinces her father that Bilqis needs to marry. At the age of fifteen Bilqis is forced into exile in a small provenance at the south end of her fathers kingdom. There she begins to build a quiet life, content to stay out of the palace intrigue and conspiracies. But at the age of eighteen she receives word of her father impending death by a group of her fathers most trusted allies, and a power struggle of her kingdoms throne is about to begin. Convinced by these nobles that she has a claim to the throne she makes her way back to the palace only to find that she has been betrayed by the one person that she trusted beyond all others.

    Although I really do not know really anything about this historical figure except what Ive read about her in the bible and on Wikipedia, so I was very impressed by the authors ability to bring this woman to life. To incorporate into her character a restless desire to know the upstart new King of the infant Hebrew nations. I love the flirting that Sheba and Solomon do through letters. It was so funny and so well written. I think that those were my favorite parts of the book. It felt almost like two teenagers finding love for the first time.

    The research and the imagination that was poured into this book was amazing. Since reading her book Demon, which remains one of my all-time favorite books, she has captured and held my attention with each new book.

    There is a warning here though, this book, while not graphic, deals with several adult issue, so if you have a tween or a young teen, I would read the book first so you can judge.

    Overall I loved this book. I thought it was brilliant and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Esther
    March 27, 2015
    Laura Shuck
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Surpassed my expectations...one of those can't-put-it-down kind of books..well written with the ability to place the reader within the pages of the book.
  5. Washington
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Real and raw Characters
    October 23, 2014
    Mesu Andrews
    Washington
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Legend of Sheba: The Rise of a Queen.
    Wow. Just, wow. I'm so thankful the Lord chose Tosca Lee to write about Eve (Havah), Judas Iscariot (Iscariot), and now the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon (The Legend of Sheba). The amount of research and imagination she weaves into her novels is the work of an inspired artisan, and I so appreciate the care with which she handles God's Word.

    That being said, however, I will warn you that Tosca's writing is edgy, and she doesn't mask the hard truths about the ancient cultures explored in this book. We first meet the Queen of Sheba--Bilqis--as a young girl, loved and protected. But when her innocence is stolen, wheels are set in motion that shape a lifelong search for a real God and the true meaning of love.

    The Legend of Sheba is, in my opinion, more of a character-driven novel than plot-driven, meaning you don't experience the riveting, action-packed storyline, but rather delve deeply into the heart and mind of the fascinating characters. And no one "delves" more beautifully than Tosca Lee with her lyrical style of writing. Honestly, I'm not sure I've ever read anything more beautiful than chapter twelve! I'm talking serious goose-bumps!

    Again, this is not a puffy clouds and lollipops story. It's gritty and real and raw, revealing the harsh and pagan realities of ancient cultures of tenth century BC. Bilqis was an unmarried queen who saw a husband as a threat to her throne but needed an heir to succeed her. Solomon was one of the (if not THE) single most enigmatic characters in the Bible--his sensual passions unequaled in word (Song of Songs) and in women (700 wives and 300 concubines, 1 Kings 11:3).

    I didn't find any explicit love scenes or profanity in this book, however, it isn't a novel I'd recommend for young teens because of the mature contemplations of both Solomon and Bilqis. What pre-teen or even early teen would fully embrace this internal dialogue from Bilqis:

    "Who am I? Daughter, princess, victim, exile, lover, queen, priestess...all identities in relation to someone else--until that other person was gone. And Solomon, the voracious prince...this man missing the first blush of romance with his God who chased it with the concubines, wealth, wives, and treaty."

    As adults, we understand the identity crisis Bilqis is working through, and as Christ-followers, we realize that we will one day appear before Him alone--with no one else to lean on or blame. Also as adults, we might identify with the emptiness Solomon experienced when his relationship with Yahweh was hindered by sin. He undoubtedly tried to fill the void with women, wealth, and power as many do today.

    The Legend of Sheba has at its core an overarching theme. I believe it's the thing that drives every human being to seek some form of companionship, and I believe we have this natural yearning--this craving--because we were created in God's image--though God experiences the desire perfectly and without sin, of course. What is this desire? I hope you'll read The Legend of Sheba to discover it for yourself. I think you'll agree with me that Tosca Lee has captured the human spirit magnificently.

    BTW...be sure to check out her extensive Author's Note at the end of the book for fascinating insight into her research process. If you're a biblical history junkie like me, you'll be astounded by her research journey!
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