Monday, April 14, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley *Review

About the book: From the servant halls of Cleopatra's Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.
Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC
Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.
But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she's had to a family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.
Trapped among the scheming women of Herod's political family---his sister, his wife, and their mothers---and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.

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My Thoughts:
This is the first book I have read by Tracy Higley. I loved the rich historical details in the novel from the description of the castles, to the streets, to the servant attire and food. Not only that but the religious and political detail during a real time in our history. It really made me feel like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book.
 Lydia, a servant was asked to do a very difficult task, to take the scrolls to the temple. As she travels first with Cleopatra, then Herod she sees people around her die, as the scrolls are looked for. She is a strong character and solid in her desire to achieve her assigned tasks. She meets friends and foe along the way and has to rely on her new found faith to guide her.

About the Author: Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many novels, including Garden of Madness and So Shines the Night. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. 

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