Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Great Biblical Adventure from H.B. Moore

Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.
Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.
When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses’s direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he’s been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave—he must find out who he really is.
A gripping account of the events that led to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people

My Review

Loved it!

This is the first installment in a trilogy that follows Moses' journey from Egyptian prince to deliverer of a nation. While this story has been done before, especially in movie format, the story had never come to life for me like it did with Bondage. Moore's excellent skill at bringing ancient settings to life, kept me hooked despite thinking I already knew the story. Lots of twists and turns showed a different take on the early years of Moses' life, and how they could have shaped him into the prophet he would one day become. I also enjoyed getting to know characters whose stories I'd never considered before.

Bithia, Moses' adoptive Egyptian mother, is a princess, but feels like an outsider and worries her son's heritage will be discovered. The motivation behind why she rescued the baby from the water and her sacrifice to raise him was something I had never even pondered. Miriam's story and how it intertwined with Moses' was equally interesting. I want to go back a read the actual biblical story with some new ideas about what the characters all may have gone through during the years of slavery and palace life. A great read for anyone who loves history mixed with intrigue and romance. 

Enjoy!

*Received ebook in exchange for an honest review.*