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Publisher's Note:

She is a beautiful young Jewess, content in her life of anonymity. He is the most powerful king in the world. When chance brings the two together, the course of history is forever altered. The glittering court of the Persian Empire serves as the backdrop for one of the most poignant tales of courage in the Bible, brought vividly to life in the pages of bestselling author H.B. Moore s sweeping saga. And it begins on a dusty road in the Jewish Quarter. An unexpected meeting between Esther and King Xerxes results in an immediate and unmistakable connection. When Esther is summoned to enter harem the first step toward becoming his wife Esther is torn between her desire to be with Xerxes and the knowledge that they will forever be divided by the secret of her Jewish heritage. Encouraged by her family to do what she must to help her people, she deftly navigates her new position in the palace, quickly becoming beloved by all including Xerxes. But when a treacherous plan threatens to engulf th…

Esther the Queen

by H. B. Moore

Overall Book Review:

As one of my favorite Bible stories, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Esther the Queen. Award-winning author H.B. Moore takes readers through Esther’s eventful rise and rule as Queen of Persia. This fictional retelling is impeccably researched and I enjoyed being immersed in both the Jewish and Persian cultures. 

While Moore brings beauty and dimension to all the story’s characters, her portrayal of King Xeres was most impressive. I’ve always gathered that the King was a man to be feared, but Moore casts him as thoughtful and kind, in addition to being a stalwart and powerful ruler. The romance between the King and new Queen is remarkably tender and sweet. Esther’s strong character and faith, mixed with Moore’s comprehensive research and rich detail, make this novel a must-read!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Covenant Communications

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore:  A character plots to kill the Jews and a plot is discovered against the king. There are reports of violence against Jews who try to flee Persia and reports of the guilty being hung for their crimes. A character is hit and a character is poisoned but survives.

Sex/Nudity:  Numerous incidents of kissing; numerous sexual references regarding concubines, harem and a character’s wedding night; several implied or reported accounts of sexual activity, including talk of a rape. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Religious persecution, death

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Wine is consumed.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.