Monday, July 23, 2012

Garden of Madness


Garden of Madness
by Tracy L. Higley

The only thing better than a historical romance is a Biblical historical romance and Garden of Madness was just that! Set in the seven years when King Nebuchadnezzar was a crazy man, wandering the lands as a beast; the story centers around the King's daughter, Tiamat. Ms. Higley explores the challenges a royal family would face in the absence of their king as well as the challenges a daughter would face, not only in life, but emotionally as well. Is this story fact? No. But I absolutely love it when an author decides to explore the people or events surrounding a Bible story we've all grown up hearing. It may not be what happened, but I love being given the opportunity to explore, in detail, the "what if" of a Biblical event! Ms. Higley does an AMAZING job with this story. I absolutely fell in love with Tia - she's not your typical princess - and all of the conniving and mystery and evil intentions kept me glued to the pages! This is one Biblical exploration that is well worth your money and your time!

"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 indulgent palace life. But when her husband dies and a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own new found 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 gave their hearts to Yahweh, one woman must decide is she is willing to risk everything - her possessions, her gods, and her very life - for the Israelite's one God. Madness, sorcery and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist's deadly potion, and Tia must dare to risk it all - to save the kingdom, and to save herself."

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review - thank you!