Esther➼ [Reading] ➾ Esther By Rebecca Kanner ➱ – From the award winning author of Sinners and the Sea comes a breathtaking new look into the timeless tale of ueen EstherA glittering Persian king has a vast empire that reaches farther than where the From the award winning author of Sinners and the Sea comes a breathtaking new look into the timeless tale of ueen EstherA glittering Persian king has a vast empire that reaches farther than where the sun meets the horizon He is bathed in riches and commands a frightening military force He possesses power beyond any other mortal man and rules his kingdom as a god Anything he desires he has Any woman he wants he possesses Thousands of them Young virgins from all across his many landsA Jewish girl is ripped from her hut by the king’s brutish warriors and forced to march across blistering scorched earth to the capitol city Trapped for months in the splendid cage of the king’s palace she must avoid the ire of the king’s concubines and eunuchs all while preparing for her one night with the king Soon the fated night arrives and she does everything in her power to captivate the king and become his ueenBut wearing the crown brings with it a new set of dangers When a ruthless man plies the king’s ear with whispers of genocide it is up to the young ueen to prevent the extermination of the Jews She must find the strength within to violate the king’s law risk her life and save her peopleThis is a story of finding hidden depths of courage within one’s self Of risking it all to stand up for what is rightThis is the story of ueen Esther. Rating 455 starsReview Confession–I’ve never read a book about a character of the Bible But this book has me interested in reading The story of Esther is one many Christians know by heart The virgin Jewish girl is captured for King Xerxes to either become his wife or become his concubine She manages to win his heart and secure her place on the throne while keeping her Jewish heritage a secret Her cousin the king’s accountant reveals to her that Xerxes’ adviser Haman has convinced Xerxes to sign an edict to kill and plunder from all Jews–men women and children alike Esther must choose to either speak up for her people at the risk of her own life or remain uiet and allow her people to be slaughteredNot only did Rebecca Kanner do the research for this novel; she also managed to bring the characters to lifeTo become ueen to a man like Xerxes I believe Esther must have been one of the most intelligent independent women in the Bible She had to fight other concubines for the throne earn the king’s favor enough to also earn his ear and be wise enough to turn the king against one of the men he favored most–all as a woman who took the place of ueen Vashti who was dethroned because she “disobeyed” her husbandKanner paints Esther not only as the cunning woman I believe she was but also as someone who could march beside a target without flinching from the arrows Someone who could keep moving forward in the face of tragedy Someone who could watch men be tortured Kanner’s Esther has a ferocity which rivals her beauty–a trait I believe puts this interpretation above all othersThough I’ve known this tale since early elementary school thanks VeggieTales the plot felt new to me Kanner added suspense not only through Esther’s fiery personality but also in her strained relationship with her husband her attraction to one of the king’s most loyal soldiers and her conflicts with other girls in the haremOne of the most interesting traits of this book is that it actually had sex scenes I expected Kanner to do as most Christian authors do and leave off at the bedroom door but she went a little further She wasn’t graphic or obscene; she simply wrote what she thought may have happened between the king and the woman he made his wife And really why shouldn’t Christian fiction have simple sex scenes? Too often Christian fiction authors shy away from the subject I understand if they’re uncomfortable with writing it but God created sex to be a good thing under the right circumstances Heck Song of Songs is about sex and it’s in the Bible But I digress Don’t worry about the book being too scandalous; if it were a movie it’d be PG 13The reason why I withhold half a star from my rating is because–despite the plot holding my attention–certain sections felt too long The walk Esther is forced on at the novel’s start drew on a little too long for my liking as did the part where Esther decides to train in self defense Moreover the ending felt too happy Perhaps Kanner was just trying to show that God rewards those who serve Him? Or perhaps I am used to novels that end on of a low noteRecommendation I’d recommend this book for those ages 18 and up who are interested in Biblical adaptations or even just interested in historical fiction with a strong female leadFor reviews like this check out my blog at toriphelpswordpresscom This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I want to thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book as an ARCEsther was one of my favourite Bible stories when I was young As a naieve young girl I only seemed to read about the wonderful palace and a peasant girl who became ueen and by the by saved her peopleThis book was a lot gritty than that and I loved it for the grittyness and Eshter's obviously being a human girl with faults and fears Her story became even better than I remembered it to be I have read several adaptations of the story of Esther and was hesitant going into this book However Kanner was able to infuse a freshness to the story It is the most gritty version I have read but that added depth and realism to the story From Esther being kidnapped to the harem fights and cliues I was drawn into the story in a deeper way It is written for a mature audience but the real story would have gritty and ugly and intense I recommend this for fans of biblical fiction and those interested in the story of Esther Thanks to Netgalley and Publishers for letting me read this book in exchange for my honest review Esther by Rebecca Kanner brings to life the famous story of Esther who saved her people by becoming ueen of Persia Her writing gives insight into what life may have been like during Biblical times and shows how a young girl can do anything through God The pacing for Kanner's book is reasonably good as when the big moment arrived it arrived when it would provide the most impact To me the writing was a bit simplistic but some may like the ease of reading I loved Ms Kanner’s interpretation of Esther’s story from the Bible It is gutsy and the characters are real Although Esther is still a virgin that is ripped from her home in the dead of night she does not go uietly as a silent victim Because of her beauty she has to fight for her place in the harem and protect herself from the jealous girls who wish to harm her She does make friends in the palace who help her achieve her goal to become ueen and save her people Esther is presented in a completely different light than in other versions of this story that I read which makes this very entertaining There are other characters that Ms Kanner has added that make the story well rounded From Erez the immortal that kidnaps Esther but treats her with kindness that begins a lifelong bond between them to Hegai the head eunuch who recognizes Esther’s beauty and pushes her into the arms of King Xerxes Haman and his sons are portrayed even evil than in the Bible Don’t let the idea that this is a story about a woman from the Bible stop you from picking up this book It is well written and a completely different version of what Esther’s life may have been like You will be glad you read it I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is the second book I have read on ueen Esther in fact I have yet to read the actual story in the Bible The story is pretty much the same which is to be expected but this book was much longer It had much detail and at times it was those details that bogged down the story and made it difficult to continue to read However at the same time it really lent an air of realism to the story that other stories may lack In the Bible the book of Esther is 10 chapters long probably 10 15 pages in the Bible give or take This book is 400 pages so 390ish pages of pure detail If you want to really get into the scenes and characters and emotions then this book is for you The characters are all well written I believe the only one that isn’t truly fleshed out well is Mordecai I would have liked to see about him as the uncle then as much as I read I really enjoyed Esther as a character finding her to be empathetic and deeply written She was easy to connect to though some of the other characters were not so easily remembered Overall this will be a good rendering of the story of ueen Esther but I don’t think it will be considered the absolute best This was an easy read on a well known biblical figure The writing style reminded me a bit of Kate uinn all though this story was even lighter than Kate’s normal fairThe storyline A Jewish girl is ripped from her hut by the king’s brutish warriors and forced to march across blistering scorched earth to the capitol city Trapped for months in the splendid cage of the king’s palace she must avoid the ire of the king’s concubines and eunuchs all while preparing for her one night with the king The only other book I have read about life in a harem is The Fourth ueen and initially I liked this story Life in the harem is a treacherous place with rivals trying to damage the virgins before they have their chance with the King The eunuchs ply the girls with food wine and opium to keep them pliable and the politics in the harem is comparable to the most devious English CourtsUnfortunately after the halfway mark the dialogue started feeling a little repetitive and flat with the same issues rehashed again and again I think if you love the bible story of Esther you will also love this but if you are interested in historical fiction set in biblical times without necessarily needing any religious knowledge beforehand I would rather recommend The Red Tent or The DovekeepersARC Netgalley Warning Slight SpoilersLet me start out by saying The storytelling in this book is superb I choose to read this book because Esther's account in the Bible is one of my favorites I've read the book of Esther so many times and find it intriguing encouraging inspiring and downright amazing As well as baffling at times Obviously coming into this novel I figured there would be scenes I would skip because it's about Esther after all And I was correct I did skip scenes and skim read other parts That alone was enough to make me knock off a star and not recommend it Unfortunately there were a few other things that brought down my rating of the book Particularly the fact that I felt like the author took some liberties with the account in the Bible that I didn't agree with This isn't something that was hugely serious to me because I know that I could just be seeing the various things in a different way it's not like the author said anything outright different from the BibleThe biggest things I didn't like were that Esther fell in love with one of her guards and continued to think about him inappropriately even after she was married to the king Now I realize this is kinda crazy to pick a fuss with since the king obviously had hundreds of concubines but I don't think that the real Esther would have allowed her thoughts to be displeasing to God like the Esther in the story did And that's where my second biggest problem came in Esther and Mordecai neither one had a good relationship with God So yeah that was my biggest issue Overall the storytelling was captivating and amazing but the storyline? Well I had trouble with that Wow Wow wow wow This book holy crap this book you guys This is ueen Esther like you’ve never heard it told before—ie what it might have REALLY been like When you hear Bible stories they’re always wrapped up so prettily Oh sure there’s mention of how all these virgins are grabbed up and all the concubines of the king but that’s all brushed over because GOD God was doing His stuff yo God saves His people again Oh yeah through this chick called Esther butGod It’s all so nice and sanitized just like our pretty Sunday School dresses So you know little details of what it must have been like living among the backstabbing harem and all the politics of palace life and the positioning that must have been necessary to keep Esther alive not to mention the sex that was happening cause you know—harem of concubines—none of that was ever part of the story But Kanner brings Esther the woman alive From a terrified but always strong girl being stolen from her bed to the wise and canny ueen Esther always feels real Getting to take the journey from her perspective is thrilling I couldn’t put the book down as in literally I read it in a single day What I didn’t expect going in was the almost Game of Thrones esue palace intrigues Esther has her team of insiders and informants but Haman is an insidious adversary as good as any Lannister Sometimes Esther outsmarts Haman sometimes she doesn’t and the battle between them for the easily swayed King can get bloody All in all a thrilling novel that’s by turns heart breaking hopeful and one that will ultimately change the way you think about this legendary woman forever Five stars Young Esther is only 14years old when she is kidnapped to become part of a Perian king’s harem Hiding that she is Jewish is one of the many hardships that she must bear There are numerous political maneuvers she must make if she is to survive living in the harem and make it to the one night she will spend with the king to convince him she should be his ueen On top of this she learns early on that the fate of the Jewish people rests on her shoulders Does young Esther have the strength to carry such burdens?I have never read a story based on a character from the bible Lucky me that this was my first The author made reading about Esther very interesting Not knowing the outcome it was almost like a suspense novel With every turn someone wants to bring this young girl down Even after she becomes ueen she is still not safe I really wanted to pull out a Bible to do a uick read about Esther But the author’s writing was so well done that I decided to finish the book before doing any other reading What a wonderful way to be introduced to a Bible story Oh that the rest of the Bible could be written in such a way as to make it readable Ms Kanner shows us the power of Esther’s faith in believing that she was chosen for a special task even if it was not one she would have chosen for herself A powerful story MsKanner definitely goes on my list of author’s to followMy thanks to Howard Books via Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review

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  • Hardcover
  • 381 pages
  • Esther
  • Rebecca Kanner
  • 02 February 2016
  • 9781501108662