Monday, April 9, 2012

A Crown in the Stars by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow

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A Crown in the Stars
by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow

ISBN-13: 0-8024-1369-2
Trade Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Released: April 1, 2005

Source: Bought through Books-A-Millions.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Since the death of Nimr-Rada (Nimrod), the people of the Great City have continued to build his enormous Tower. Due to carelessness by her host during a visit to some kinsfolk, Shoshannah is captured by her mother's enemies and is intended to be the lure that brings her mother back into their hands.

Shoshannah is used as a political pawn between the powers that control the city--some want her dead, others want her to serve as priestess to their sun god, and some want to use her to increase their own power. Shoshannah's beloved, Kaleb, comes to rescue her but there appears to be no opportunity until the Most High makes His response to the City's rebellion against Him.

My Review:
A Crown in the Stars is Biblical fiction. It's the third and final book in the series. You can understand this book without first reading the previous books, but it did spoil some events that occurred in the second book. Personally, I enjoyed the first book the most and this book the least in the series (though I did like it), so I'd suggest starting with the first book: The Heavens Before.

One of the things I've enjoyed about this series is that the author stayed true to the information given in the Bible. The author also clearly did her research as to what the culture would have been like, and those details brought the story alive in my imagination.

However, according to ancient chroniclers, the confusion of languages and dispersion happened before Nimrod's death--which also makes sense based on what the Bible says. However, this book had Nimrod dying years before the confusion of languages. I had a hard time getting into the story since I knew events couldn't actually have happened like that (except for her depiction of how the confusion of languages caused the dispersion, which was interesting and possible).

The characters were complex and realistic--even the "bad guys." There was a low level of suspense throughout the story as various characters were in potential physical danger due to the other characters' political scheming.

Shoshannah believed in the Most High, but she questioned why He didn't help her escape her captivity. However, she did come to see how He was protecting her. There was no explicit sex. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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1 comment:

Beckie B. said...

This series is one of my favorites. Loved all the books, but like you I thought book 1 was the best.