Friday, September 6, 2019

Book Review - King's Shadow by Angela Hunt


Their Lives Couldn't Be More Different,
but Their Goal Is the Same:
Survive King Herod's Rule.

Two women occupy a place in Herod's court. The first, Salome, is the king's only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she's from an inferior race, a people whom God will never accept or approve of.

The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion.

Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless--both women struggle to reach their goals and survive each day within Herod the Great's tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.


The author of more than 100 published books and with more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at


This story cover the 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testament. It focuses on King Herod and his family, especially his sister Salome.

Salome loves her brother, and I believe his power, so much, she just can't see any fault in him despite the fact that he does some really evil things and is mentally growing more mad. She hides these things in her brother and protects him no matter what.

Zara serves Salome and she's my favorite character in the book. I enjoyed seeing her grow in her faith and care for Salome despite the fact that sometimes she didn't deserve it. I would have enjoyed having a bit more focus on her in the story but I really enjoyed what we did learn about her.

I think the thing I enjoyed most about this story is how the author portrayed Herod and Salome in real terms. They weren't just evil but a combination of things like real humans are. They cared for their family yet could be quite ruthless to others. It was more realistic than just the portrayals of Herod I've read where he's evil and nothing else.

This is a long book and it takes us through Herod's and Salmone's entire life. We see them grow, mature, and change for good and bad. There is a lot of information in this book but the author does a wonderful job of research and you feel like you are right there during that time. I enjoyed this book and am giving it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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