Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Book Review: Egypt's Sister

Egypt’s Sister is a Christian historical novel about Jews in Alexandria, Egypt, fifty years before the birth of Jesus.

About the Book

Egypt's Sister (The Silent Years #1)
by Angela Hunt

Description from Goodreads: 

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what--but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life. 

Book Review

Chava is the daughter of the Jewish tutor to the Egyptian royal family. Her best friend is the princess. But when the princess is crowned Queen Cleopatra, with all the political complexities that come with it, Chava’s friendship and her loyalty to God (HaShem) are tested.

This book was ... wow. Very good. It took me a while to get into it, but I was thrilled with it by the time I finished.

The plot was complex, with layers of historical, cultural, and political detail woven into it. One of the things I was particularly fascinated by were the events in Cleopatra’s life, since that wasn’t something I’ve actually studied. And the second thing was the reality of what slavery was like in the Roman Empire at the time. It was nothing like the very racist slavery in the historical US, which is part of what is so interesting about it.

Unlike most Christian historical fiction books these days, this one was not a romance, which I appreciated. There was a little bit of romance in it, but that wasn’t the focus at all. However, there were a couple hints of sexual things. For instance, when a slave was instructed to entertain a man in his room. Nothing happened, but the instruction was there. Other similar things happened in the story, but again, nothing was “on screen.” Because of that, the youngest people I would recommend this adult book to was older teens.

This was an interesting, if a little slow-moving, information-rich novel, and I loved it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for it, and everything I said was the truth.

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