is for Queen.
I just finished two books this week about Quite different Queens. The first book was by H.B. Moore entitled Esther the Queen. This well-done historical fiction fleshes out the biblical story of the Jewess Esther, her cousin, Mordachai, King Xerxes (Asahuerus), and wicked Haman.
I’ve read the story of Queen Esther many times, but this account was fascinating because the author wove research into the story that helped me envision the time period and Persian culture better so that the characters came to life.
Moore is a master at character development. I came in with preconceived ideas about how the characters would act and feel, but she wrote in such a way that helped me put those aside. Even though I knew the story of Queen Esther, and how it ends, it didn’t make this book boring. Rather, that knowledge gave me a foundation to build upon as I filled in all the holes I’ve always wondered about when I read this Bible story.
Moore’s careful emphasis to the characters’ feelings and life-changing events made this book captivating. Queen Esther is amazing…so kind, generous, thoughtful, selfless. You can’t help but love her. The king, too, works his way into your heart, and you get a glimpse into the stresses and strains of life as a royal. I found the workings of the Persian court very intriguing—the harem, the living quarters of the concubines, the royal court, personal chambers, royal holidays, etc. The character I really enjoyed reading about though was Haman. The plot and back story Moore created for him made for a good villain and a believable motive for wanting to kill all the Jews.
This is my 2nd book I’ve read by Heather Moore (read my other review HERE), and I’m sold on her writing skills. Her style is clean, fresh, vivid, thought-provoking, and well-paced. I felt enriched and uplifted by Esther the Queen, and look forward to reading more by Heather Moore in the future.
The 2nd book, Seduction of the Scepter by E. Rose Sabin, had a Queen the very opposite of Esther. This fantasy piece of fiction read a lot like a European historical novel. Lara becomes Queen in a terrible way. The prince she loves is thrown into prison by his father, the king, and Lara is married to the younger prince, a half-wit (he seems kind of autistic). Unlike Esther the Queen who is loving, compassionate, and guileless, Lara the Queen reigns with blood and intrigue to put down her enemies. She starts out a lot like Esther, but becomes a tyrant who will destroy even the man she loves to ensure her son’s rise to the throne.
Both stories were amazing and gave me lots of food for thought. I’m lucky I read them both this week so I have material for this letter Q post, and don’t have to resort to writing about Quacking. Yea!