Saturday, May 19, 2012

Garden of Madness

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 indulgent palace life. But when her husband dies and a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own newfound 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, one woman must decide if she is willing to risk everything—her possessions, her gods, and her very life—for the Israelite’s one God. Madness, sorcery and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist’s deadly potion, and Tia must dare to risk all – to save the kingdom, and to save herself.

 I decided to go outside of my typical reading choice when I requested a complimentary copy of  Garden of Madness by Tracy L. Higley through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program. in exchange for an honest review. I don't typically read historical fiction a whole lot, but when I do it seems to be more of an "old west" era, not Babylonian. It took me quite a while to get used to the author's style of writing, and to care about her characters. Once I embraced the era and the characters' secrets began to be revealed I found myself engrossed in the book and wanting to know more about what was happening. I enjoyed the author's descriptive writing in most instances, but felt there were a few times that it was not needed to the extent that was taken in the book. All in all, it was a quality read.

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