Esther – A Book Review

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I love to read exciting stories about strong women, and when they are based on real people that is even better! I was recently given the opportunity to review a new book by New York Times Bestselling Author Angela Hunt, Esther Royal Beauty. It is the first part of a series of books known as Dangerous Beauties.

Esther: Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty Series #1)About the Book

When Xerxes, King of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king’s heart and a queen’s crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king’s permission to exterminate all Jews- young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian Law, she risks her life in order to save her people… and bund her husband’s heart.

Esther Royal Beauty is a soft covered historical fiction novel that is 337 pages long. The novel is based on the Biblical story of Ester and the author, Angela Hunt, has taken great lengths to ensure historical accuracy of the book.

What I thought

I love the idea of the book and I was expecting an amazing story. I picked it up and started to read, and I just couldn’t get into it. At first I was confused. The book is written in a first person perspective, but it is told from the perspective of two characters, Hadassah (Esther), and Harbonah (one of the King’s eunuchs). It took me by surprise that the first and second chapter contradicted each other and were telling part of the same story. After a few minutes I realized that the second chapter was being told by a different person. After flipping through the rest of the book I realized that at the beginning of each chapter the name of who was telling the story was the name of the chapter. Unfortunately, I found this set up difficult to follow.

I liked to see the different perspectives of the characters, but I personally would have preferred the story to have been just told in third person, or to have stuck to one character’s perspective. The book was full of rich historical accuracy, but I found parts to be boring and too detailed.

The book did become more interesting about halfway through, but it wasn’t something that I found enjoyable to read.

To be fair though, this genera is not what I typically read. Books and movies are funny that way, some people love them and others hate them. I did not hate this book, but it is not one I personally enjoyed.

If you enjoy a book where you get to see the story from different points of view, a book full of rich historical detail, with a strong female lead, a little romance, and a bit of suspense, then this might be the perfect book for you.

 

 

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