Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book review of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt

 Book review of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt. 
Egypt's Sister (The Silent Years #1)
Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what--but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.
Paperback, 379 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Bethany House
0764219324 (ISBN13: 9780764219320)
From the back of the book:
Raised together in the Alexandrian palace, Chava, the Hebrew daughter of the royal tutor, and Urbi, an Egyptian princess, become as close as sisters- and rivals with their dreams of greatness. When Urbi unexpectedly ascends the throne as Queen Cleopatra, Chava believes their bond is strong enough to survive, But absolute power has a way of changing everything.
The ultimate betrayal rips Chava from everything she's ever known and sends her to the lowest rung of Roman society where she must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life, if she hopes to rise again.
Leona's Review:
This book will take the reader into the historical time of Queen Cleopatra, the Romans and Egypt. 
This is the first book I have read by Angela Hunt and was very impressed. The book is in the first person spoken by Chava.
The book begins with a close friendship of Chava and Urbi, the future Queen Cleopatra. Their bond is so close that Urbi cuts the palm of Chava and herself and says "Forever friends" and also says "you are blood of my blood, and heart of my heart" which is repeated by Chava.
Chava has been told by HaShem, God, she will be with the queen when she is happiest and at the end.
The friendship does not last after Chava angers the queen and she and her father are put into prison. They are separated and Chava is sold as a slave.
Chava begins a new life as a slave and the reader follows her and how she matures. Chava says at one point in her life "Now, older and wiser, I understood how life could change in a moment."
This book is full of historical names and places even though it is historical fiction. It is one of the few I have read that has written of the twins and other son Cleopatra had besides Caesarion.
The reader will find some historical names that include Cleopatra, Antony, Caesar, Achillas, King Auletes, Octavian, Octavia and Herod.
Historical places such as Egypt, Alexandria, the Library of Alexandria, Cyprus, Rome and Africa. I wish there had been a map of the areas. I know most readers are familiar but in historical books like this one, I personally like a map.
Languages Chava spoke are Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Greek.
Some portions describe the harsh lives of slaves but the author does not dwell on it. No bad language.
There are discussions at the end of the story. One question is " How much did you know about Cleopatra before reading this story? Did anything surprise you?"
I received a complimentary copy of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt from the author and Bethany House Publishers. The opinions are my own.
Egypt's Sister will get a 5 star rating from me and I look forward to the future books of the series.
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Leona Olson

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