Wednesday, October 04, 2006

DARK HOUR by Ginger Garrett

Serpent Moon trilogy, book 1

One of the darkest and bloodiest stories of all time comes not from a medieval battlefield but from inside one of the most opulent palaces ever built. The strageies come not from men eager to extend their influence but from women bent on exercising their wit and prowess in a kingdom not their own. Treason and murder are fair game. Marriage is manipulation, a means to an end. Children are the enemy. And the days of the House of David are numbered—unless one woman can find the strength to conquer them all.

Dark Hour is based on the story told in 2 Chronicles 21-23.

Read an excerpt here.

Camy here:

I don’t read many Biblical fiction stories, but there are a few which stand out and are truly entertaining, fascinating reads.

Dark Hour started off a bit gruesome and a little slow, but the storyline moves along swiftly after the first few chapters. I had read the passage in 2 Chronicles and knew the skeleton story, but the author weaves a colorful tapestry of events that kept me interested.

The dark queen Athaliah is rich, complex, vivid, magnificent even in her selfish ambition and occult beliefs. Jehoshebeth’s character arc is wonderfully satisfying as she changes from a spoiled princess to a strong, fierce handmaiden of Yahweh.

Many of the spiritual aspects—Athalia’s pagan rituals and experiences, Jehoshebeth’s prayers to God—have that mystical quality that brings to mind old fantasy books I read. It makes for both entertaining reading and also a strong reminder of God’s power. I think fantasy readers will like this novel—it’s a completely different culture and society, and it has those supernatural elements that make for unpredictable fiction.

Fans of Randy Ingermanson’s City of God series will enjoy this book immensely. It has the richness of ancient culture with the drama of human emotions, and a whisper of supernatural powers.

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