The Triumph of Deborah – Eva Etzioni-Halevy
From the back cover –
In ancient Israel, war is looming. Deborah, a highly respected leader, has coerced the warrior Barak into launching a strike against the neighboring Canaanites. Against all odds, he succeeds and returns triumphantly with Asherah and Nogah, the daughters of the Canaanite king, as his captives. But military victory is only the beginning of the turmoil, as a complex love triangle develops between Barak and the two princesses.
Deborah, recently cast off by her husband, develops a surprising affinity for Barak. Yet she struggles to rebuild her existence on her own terms, while also groping her way toward the greatest triumph of her life.
Filled with brilliantly vivid historical detail, The Triumph of Deborah is the absorbing and riveting tale of one of the most beloved figures in the Bible, and a tribute to feminine strength and independence.
My thoughts –
I am SO thrilled that Ms. Etzioni-Halevy was so kind to send me this book for review, because I truly enjoyed it and I’m honored that I can share this delight of a novel with all of you. First of all, she really did her research for this book because there is a LOT of historical information and details, especially in the war scenes, which made this novel very believable. This book is also very well-written, the scenes flowed seamlessly and the characters were all pretty decently fleshed-out so that I felt like I really got to know the majority of them. I was sucked in to this novel right from the beginning and I found myself caring about all of the characters, even the selfish, womanizing Barak.
I went into this book with zero expectations … to be honest, I had not heard of this author before so I really wasn’t sure what I was going to find between the pages. I think that was for the best, because this book is a lot more of a historical romance than a straight historical fiction novel. Which was completely fine with me, and I enjoyed it all the same, but for those of you not so into historical romance, I’m not 100% sure if this would be the book for you. I did, however, fall in love with the story and the characters, so I could be wrong about that. Just know in advance that there is romance and sex (lots of it). This does not bother me in the least, but I know some of you bloggers are just not into that type of thing (you know who you are).
One minor critique I have of this novel (and it’s really very minor, I swear) is that I’m not sure how appropriate the title, The Triumph of Deborah, is for the book. Deborah was definitely a main character, and her triumph was the satisfying conclusion to the story, but I felt like the majority of the book focused more on Barak, Asherah, and Nogah than on Deborah herself. But really, not such a big deal, and this feeling of mine did not take away from the story at all while reading it.
Thank you, once again, Ms. Etzioni-Halevy, for sending me this wonderful book! I’d highly recommend it and I’m very happy that I got the chance to read it.
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