Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Story Description:
Baker Publishing Group | February 1, 2005 | E-Book | KOBO
Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David.  When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy.  In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings. 

My Review:

Gods and Kings is the best Biblical Historical Fiction novel I’ve read that follows the Bible closely.  It’s obvious that Ms. Austin has done her research well and has an intimate knowledge of the Bible and it comes to life on the pages before your very eyes.  I was hooked from the first page on. 

Bringing the Old Testament back to life was totally compelling and so well written that you were transposed into the book as a by-stander watching all the goings on.  In reality, on the one hand, what a frightening time to have lived in, but on the other hand what an experience the people of this era had.   

Lynn Austin is an extremely skilled author with the ability to take any story and make it totally understandable for even the most misguided reader.  After reading this first book in the Chronicles of the Kings Series, it will be much easier for you to turn to your Bible and read the story again with much greater understanding and appreciation.  The accuracy with which Ms. Austin writes is truly astounding and makes sometimes difficult reading easy to understand. 

There are five books in the series and I plan on getting them all. The second book is titled: “Song of Redemption” and I don’t want to miss a single one!  Kudos to you Ms. Austin.

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