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The Legend of Sheba

Title: The Legend of Sheba
Author: Tosca Lee
Publisher: Howard Books
ISBN: 978-1-4516-8404-9

“What if I failed to engage this purported wise man, this king who so embraced riddles? Was I clever, or did he seek only to marry Saba’s wealth out from under her to suit his own insatiable coffers?” Bilqis asks herself in Tosca Lee’s novel, The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen.

At three hundred and thirty-six pages, this hardbound targets readers that like Biblical stories about King Solomon’s relationship with the Queen of Sheba depicted as liberal fiction taken from I Kings 10 and II Chronicles 9 of the Bible. With slang words such as bastard and whore along with topics of rape, adultery, and children out of wedlock, it would not be apropos for immature readers. This reader wishes all names and pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence due to the many gods mentioned. With a map in the beginning, a list of the plethora of characters would be helpful. The ending includes an afterword, author’s note, and acknowledgements.

With little historical or Biblical knowledge of the Queen of Sheba known to date, the author weaves a tale of a young queen of the southern spice lands known as Saba who was forced into her position when her father died. Losing her mother when she is six years old, the girl once named Bilqis is repeatedly raped by a step-uncle and finds solace when she is exiled to nearby Punt for six years.

Returning to her homeland to take over the throne, Saba is heartbroken when her lover is killed. Lonely and unmarried in her early twenties, she questions her god Almaqah and why she has become a pawn to maintain her kingdom’s wealth and position in the lands.

When she hears of the king of Israel’s great wisdom, wealth, and wives, written correspondence between the two monarchs grows into an intimate sharing of their mirrored loneliness and political power.

As Solomon’s never-ending libido yearns for another woman to conquer, Saba learns of Yaweh, the Unknown God who protects and loves all. When their physical and emotional affair escalates, scandals, rumors, and war threaten the two kingdoms.

With inserts of visions, gods, reading livers, and sharing dark secrets, Saba no longer questions Solomon’s power and wisdom, she admires his cunning marital alliances and treaties to gain more wealth.

Written with a focus on idolatry, promiscuity, and greed, the fictional, sometimes confusing story of love blends the multi-country jockeying of power during Israel’s glory days with a suggested location of Ark of the Covenant.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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Solomon’s Song

Title: Solomon’s Song
Author: Roberta Kells Dorr
Publisher: River North
ISBN: 978-0-8024-0955-3

“There’s no hope for love between us. You will be married to my father, the king, and once you’ve been taken in to him, no other man can ever touch you,” Solomon explains to Shulamit in Roberta Kells Dorr’s novel, Solomon’s Song.

Fifth book of the author’s Old Testament Biblical series, this three hundred and two page historical fiction targets readers who love romance, the Songs of Solomon, and sibling rivalry. With the slang version of an illegitimate child used and stories of war, adultery, and immorality, it would best be read by mature adults.

Correlating the Biblical story in First Kings of King David marrying young Abishag of Shunem for warmth in his old age to Solomon’s protagonist lover in the Songs of Solomon, Dorr weaves a fictional tale of unadulterated love between two people kept apart due to cultural and political rules.

In this story, beautiful thirteen year old Shulamit lives in the northern part of Israel with her well-to-do but greedy father who calls her Abishag, meaning “our father’s error.” When her parents and brothers learn King David’s wife, Bathsheba, and his two sons are coming to their small town to seek a young wife, she is sent out to shepherd sheep.

While his brother, Adonijah, enjoys watching the town’s maidens parade by for viewing, Solomon wanders the outlying area and meets Shulamit, thinking she is a shepherdess. Instantly captivating each’s attention, they fall in love, unaware of the other’s true upbringing.

After Shulamit is chosen to be the king’s new bride and taken to the Jerusalem palace, Solomon and she cross paths, trying to avert the love they shared, especially when his brother vies for her attention.

Following Biblical history, Adonijah plans to take over his father’s throne upon his death, including obtaining his wives, knowing the unconsummated young woman has won Solomon’s heart. Yet with twisted lies, the conniving brother gets Bathsheba’s approval to arrange Solomon marrying a foreign princess in exchange for ownership of the King’s Highway trading route.

The naïve Shulamit determines to remain steadfast to Solomon’s love as she takes care of the dying David, afraid to trust Yahweh for the outcome while Solomon’s ambition rules his emotions.

With Biblical scholars noting the Abishag of First Kings could be the lover mentioned in Songs of Solomon, Kerr writes a believable love story that comes to life between royalty and common folk.

Thanks to River North Fiction for furnishing this book in exchange for the reader’s honest review.

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