Ted Dekker has a way of inviting you into the story from the very first page, such that you don’t want to put the book down — you need to know what will happen to these characters. This book is like that.
Right away, I cared about Maviah and her young son. I wanted to know what would happen to them. The book’s description let me know that they were going to have to flee, and that she was going to encounter a man named Yeshua. But, I had to know what would happen on the way there… and what would happen after Maviah meets Yeshua, as well.
The blurb / description says this:
A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.
A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.
The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.
Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30.
The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.
But Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.
I was especially taken with Maviah’s encounters with Yeshua. Mr. Dekker made the Bible stories come to life… there is something really powerful about reading those accounts as if you are in the crowd; it has a way of making it so much more real.
Overall, this is a great book. Dekker never disappoints.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me for review from Shelton Interactive.