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Publisher's Note:

The untold story of King Nebuchadnezzar's daughter For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world. Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an opulent yet oppressive life in the palace. But her husband has since died and she relishes her newfound independence. When a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own freedom is threatened. As the queen plans to wed Tia to yet another prince, the powerful mage Shadir plots to expose the family's secret and set his own man on the throne. Tia enlists the help of a reluctant Jewish captive, her late husband's brother Pedaiah, who challenges her notions of the gods even as he opens her heart to both truth and love. In a time when few gav…

Garden of Madness

by Tracy L. Higley

Overall Book Review:

Garden of Madness is an exotic, well-crafted story about famous King Nebuchadnezzar and his fiery daughter Tia. The book’s rapid pacing, mixed with the ever constant threat of danger to the characters, made for a quick and enjoyable read.   

Higley establishes a fascinating and detailed Babylon that held my attention and stirred my imagination. The plot blends fact and fiction, with the biblical prophet Daniel as a main character. I thoroughly enjoyed Garden of Madness and loved learning about this important historical time period.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Thomas Nelson


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  ***

Violence/Gore: A character is verbally threatened; a character is slapped by her mother (two times); a character is hit by her father; in a non-detailed scene, soldiers kill accused traitors by sword; a body is discovered mutilated, with blood and gore (two times); a man is killed by soldiers.

Sex/Nudity: Kissing occurs a few times; a character is bathed by servants; sexual references are made in regards to the king’s harem, a wedding night, and an illegitimate child. It is reported that a woman was raped years ago and a child was conceived. 

Mature Subject Matter:

God and religion; love; murder; sorcery.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Wine is drunk by most characters.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
5
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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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.