In 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 rou... Read More
Step into the decadent world of ancient middle eastern culture and intrigue. In her new release,The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen, author Tosca Lee lifts the veil of luxury and extravagance to reveal the heart of a queen. Like King Solomon, you too will be captivated by the Queen. Lee’s impeccable research and passionate writing bursts forth from every page. She delivers a story that will delight your senses and rend your heart.
Queen Bilqis of Saba proves to be a mystery worthy of discovering. From her turbulent youth to her ascension to power, Tosca Lee plumbs the depths of history to share the story of this remarkable woman. The first chapter knit my heart to this character because of the abuses and losses that she suffered. I was compelled to read on to discover how her pledged allegiance to her mother’s god Almaqah would play out. He had delivered her, or so she thought, from her tormentor. Following the death of her father, she credited Almaqah for her ascension to the throne. The cost of which cast a pall over her victory and left her feeling isolated. Shortly afterwards, a new challenge came from the North in the form of an upstart king name Solomon. Would her god help her match wits with the renowned king of wisdom? She must decide whether she will be fearless or reckless in her dealings with this king whose nameless and formless God has earned him both power and prestige.
I chose this book because there is very little mentioned about the Queen of Sheba in the bible other than the accounts of 1 Kings 10. Throughout the book and additionally in the afterword and author’s note Lee shares fascinating details about the queen and the Ethiopian legends that sprung from her visit to Jerusalem. As an avid consumer of biblical, historical fiction I wholeheartedly recommend The Legend of Sheba and award it 5 stars.
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The biblical account of the queen of Sheba is short. It is located in I Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9. In these verses there are very few details about who she was and what surrounded her visit. In The Legend of Sheba Tosa Lee has used her vast amount of research and her brilliant storytelling abilities to fill in some of the gaps.
This book is a literary delight. It is both gritty and beautiful at the same time. If you have delicate sensibilities you may consider passing on this one. But if you aren't faint of heart, you should really enjoy the story. Remember that it is primarily about an ungodly group of people that worshiped multiple idols. During this time in history bloody sacrifices were made by both pagans and believers alike. Temple prostitutes and priests participated in immoral sexual practices and some of these rituals are portrayed. (I should add that Tosca doesn't sensationalize this part but does politely say what is happening.)
If you stick with the story you will eventually come to the point where Solomon and Bilquis begin to exchange letters. Those exchanges are some of the best writing from Tosca's pen. I know it is fictional but I love the voice that she gave to king Solomon through these missives. She also does a brilliant job of intertwining some of Solomon's other writings into the storyline.
Once again Tosca has used her amazing skill with words to pen a compelling tale about two legendary figures. The Legend of Sheba is bound to be another big hit to add to her growing list of titles.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
The absolutely stunning tale Tosca Lee weaves through The Legend of Sheba renders me breathless with its intricacy and rich, detailed beauty.
Framed by eloquent descriptions and fueled by romance, The Legend of Sheba will transport you across ocean and land to the oasis of the land of Saba and to a young woman named Bilqis. Her journey to become queen is fraught with turmoil, hurt, passion, and an overwhelming sense of destiny. It is a tale that will touch your very soul.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Legend of Sheba! You can tell the historical background was thoroughly researched, and yet it flows so smoothly that you experience the setting as if it is native to you. The characters are deep and the emotional connection to them is immediate. The plot draws you in and at once submerges you in the land of Saba.
I highly recommend this novel to all. If you enjoy historical fiction it is a must - but, even if you don't, it's still a recommendation because of the skill with which Tosca Lee writes. She is at once a storyteller and a magician of words and descriptions, creating a world her readers can enjoy and experience.
Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2014/09/legend-of-sheba-tosca-lee-reivew.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.