Friday, September 9, 2022

Of Fire and Lions (Prophets and Kings #2) by Mesu Andrews

The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for readers of Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series.

Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Daniel's wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she's safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear--until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar's palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili's tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?
Ultimately, Yahweh's sovereign hand guides Jerusalem's captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 5th 2019
 by WaterBrook
4/5 stars

I don’t read a lot of Biblical fiction even though it is a genre that interests me and one I wish I read more of. Mesu Andrews is a new author for me and this book, Of Fire and Lions is book 2 in the Prophets & Kings Series, The first book is Isaiah’s Daughter which is not necessary to read before this one.

Of Fire and Lions is the story of Daniel, well known for the Sunday school stories Daniel & the lions den and the fiery furnace. This story is told from the point of view of his wife and spans over 70 years. There is a lot going on and a lot of it was very interesting, to read about the culture, the time period and the traditions and history. It is at times emotional and follows Biblical events surrounding what took place in Daniel‘s life, in terms of his capture, his stand of faith, and how he interprets dreams, along with his relationship with his wife, family and those he serves.

Like I mentioned this is my first time reading this author, I would like to read more. This book was well written and well researched and though it does weave between two time periods it was easy to grasp the plot and be captivated by Daniel’s dedication not just to Yahweh but to his family.

I discovered this little gem as I am reading my through my back list of Netgalley books.  My thanks to the publisher for this digital copy and apologises for its lateness in reviewing it, but sometimes life happens.

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