Author: Angela Hunt
Series: The Silent Years #1
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
You’ve heard of Cleopatra, but have you heard of her friend?
Chava is daughter to a Hebrew royal tutor living in Alexandria during the time of Julius Caesar. She has always had the opportunity to spend time at the palace with her friend and princess, Urbi, daughter to Ptolemy. But when he suddenly passes away, Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra. No one has heard from Yahweh for over 300 years, but one night Chava clearly hears a message that she will be with the Queen on her best day and her last day and will bless her. But Chava finds herself in some unfavorable situations with the Queen that ultimately lead to her imprisonment and sale into slavery. Could she have misheard her mission? Or is there still hope for her and her family?
I love reading Angela Hunt’s historical fiction novels because she pours so much research into her work that it makes it an amazing read. The amount of history that shines through makes it so interesting. I’ve always been fascinated with this time period, so needless to say, I enjoyed the book. However, there are some disturbing sections of the book that represent the way of live in the Roman world during that time that some readers will find difficultly reading. However, Hunt keeps the read clean and enjoyable throughout.
Chava was an interesting character to get to know. She was extremely naïve throughout much of the first portion of the book, but then had to learn life lessons the hard way. Even then, she stayed very optimistic despite being used as a pawn in wealthy men’s wars. She grew and found grace.
I recommend this book to history lovers, especially if you enjoy reading about the life of Cleopatra.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.