Sarah by Marek Halter
From the back cover –
Sarah’s story begins in the cradle of civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah balks at the marriage her father has planned for her. On her wedding night, she impulsively flees to the vast, empty marshes outside the city walls, where she meets a young man named Abram, son of a tribe of outsiders. Drawn to this exotic stranger, Sarah spends one night with him and reluctantly returns to her father’s house. But on her return, she secretly drinks a poisonous potion that will make her barren and thus unfit for marriage.
Many years later, Abram returns to Ur and discovers that the lost, rebellious girl from the marsh has been transformed into a splendid woman – the high priestess of the goddess Ishtar. But Sarah gives up her exalted life to join Abram’s tribe and follow the one true God, an invisible deity who speaks only to Abram. It is then that her journey truly begins.
From the great ziggurat of Ishtar to the fertile valleys of Canaan to the bedchamber of the mighty Pharaoh himself, Sarah’s story reveals an ancient world of beauty, intrigue, and miracles.
My thoughts –
This book was actually an amazon.com recommendation after I had The Red Tenton my wishlist, and after reading The Red Tent (and loving it), I thought I would really enjoy a story that was supposed to be similar. This book, however, just does not compare. The writing is not as good, the characters are not as fleshed-out, and the story isn’t nearly as captivating. Sarah is not a bad book, it’s mildly entertaining, quick and easy reading, and I think a lot of people would enjoy it. It just wasn’t anything great. Especially when I had my hopes up pretty high for another amazingly interesting Bible retelling, I definitely did not get what I expected. Still decent, but I will not be reading the other two books in this trilogy.
Rating – 6.5/10.