Saturday, May 12, 2012
Daughters of Jared by HB Moore
From the author's website:
"From the Book of Ether comes a haunting story of two royal sisters. The elder sister, Ash, will do anything to bring her father, King Jared II, back to the throne. The younger sister, Naiva, only wants to save her family from destruction. Greed and the quest for power blend together in H.B. Moore’s volatile new novel, Daughters of Jared. The bond of sisterhood becomes precariously fragile when one man . . . named Akish . . . falls in love with the younger sister, Naiva. Yet he chooses to marry the elder sister. The sisters’ hearts are divided. And when Ash becomes queen, seduced by the promise of power and wealth, Naiva watches her world crumble away. She sees only one way out. But it will require forsaking all that she holds dear."
I was given a copy of Daughters of Jared from the author to read and review. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Heather B Moore is one of my favorite authors because she is able to bring scripture stories to life. She causes me to want to open my scriptures and re-read the true story now that I feel I know the characters better. The desire to read scriptures is always a good thing! Of course, this is historical fiction and that is what makes it such a fun read.
Fun may not be the right word to describe Daughters, though. It is such a sad and scary thing when someone you love turns to evil to fulfill desires.
This story moves along at a nice pace. At one point in the story Naiva decides to leave. I kept trying to tell her to look behind her and keep a better watch. These characters are real to me. Very important in a story of any kind but most of all, I believe, in historical fiction. We have to be able to relate in some way for the story to touch us.
Daughters is a great read. Nice and easy and fast paced.
Here is a little taste of Heather's writing style and why I love her so much:
"Filth surrounded me. Damp air permeated my skin. I felt the dirt in my hair, in my clothes, and beneath my feet."
Can't you just imagine yourself there? I know this is a short blurb but I am one to leave the details for the reader. :)
I give Daughters of Jared four stars.