Have you ever read any of Lynn Austin's books? She is a writer capable of bringing flesh and blood to long forgotten history. Having read her series Chronicles of the Kings, I eagerly anticipated that Keepers of the Covenantwould do the same. I was not disappointed.
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.
Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future--of family and love--seem impossible. (description from the publisher.)
For the story of the first wave of Jews returning to their homeland, read Lynn Austin's Return to Me (The Restoration Chronicles) (Volume 1). The story of Zechariah's return to Jerusalem and the people that surrounded him is a fascinating precursor to Keepers of the Covenant.
I really enjoy historical fiction, especially when it's based on the true accounts in scripture, I do hope Ms. Austin continues to research and write more books of this type.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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