Sunday, 18 October 2009

The Gilded Chamber


Title: The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther
Author: Rebecca Kohn
Type: Historical Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
Pages: 353

Synopsis: Esther has always been associated with feminine beauty and wisdom. This book tells Esther's story about coming to Babylon a Jewish orphan who is betrothed to her cousin, a well-connected courtier. She is forced to join King Xerxes harem where she witnesses or experiences abuse and deadly schemes. Her uncle warns her not to reveal her Jewish faith to keep herself safe.

She quickly learns that her new world is full of hatred and realizes that the only way to survive is to win the heart of it's king. Her sacrifices are finally rewarded when the king's trusted courtier Haman issues a decree ordering the slaughter of Jews and Esther is in the position to be able to save her people.


My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and loved learning about a time in history that I had never studied before. If you love historical fiction (especially if you enjoyed "Nefertiti" by Michelle Moran) you'll enjoy this book. Full of wonderful descriptions, great discription, intrigue and suspense this book was hard to put down.

My Rating: 4/5 (really enjoyed this book)

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