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King Solomon's Wives: Hunted (An Active Fiction Series for Kindle)

by Holly McDowell
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Description

The two thousand descendants of King Solomon's harem have the ultimate power of seduction - Their very touch is as addictive as any drug.

But that power comes at a price: Wives die giving birth. They can only bear daughters. They are only fertile until the age of 24.

Hunted for hundreds of generations by men who crave their touch and fear its power, the Wives have kept safe by following three simple rules:

A Wife shall have no meaningful relationships outside the clan
A Wife's addictive touch may be used only for procreation or to protect the clan
A Wife shall sacrifice herself for her daughter at the age of 24

In this blistering series opener, we meet Sumarra on the night she plans to conceive. Instead, she and the other wives find themselves under attack from a group of male hunters.

Sumarra has always been a rebel, breaking small rules. Now that the Wives have been found, her defiance will either be their salvation or her own undoing.

Product Details

  • Version: 1.0
  • Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • File Size: 855 kB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Holly McDowell
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B008XBAWV0
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
"Love is death."

What a fascinating way to bring a story to life. Through episodes. This first episode in the tale of King Solomon's Wives is so completely different from any I'd read before. It is a story of women who have been gifted with a powerful touch and cursed with a life that keeps them forever on the run, always without meaningful relationships outside of those they have with the other Wives and one that ends with the birth of their daughter when they are in their mid-twenties.

Their curse is so powerful, in fact, that it has stayed with them throughout the years, generations, millennia. A curse whose origin is still somewhat of a mystery in this first episode.

Hunted introduces readers to the world - both past and present - that these women exist in from the points of view of Sumarra and Dilara. It takes readers back in time to two different points in the Wives' history to give them a peek at just what type of person Sumarra is, and was, and to show just how these women became Wives to King Solomon.

Both Sumarra and Dilara are two very different, but equally strong and interesting women. And their plight is one that is also completely captivating. If having shortened and lonely lives wasn't enough, being hunted and killed simply because of who they are makes their story that much more tragic but also that much more gripping.

It took me a few pages to catch up with what was going on. I was dropped right into a story with a quick pace and introduced to a situation that I didn't immediately understand. But once I got my bearing I was easily ensnared.

I loved going back in time to meet Sumarra's earlier incarnations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, inventive girl power fantasy July 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Holly McDowell really knows how to write! Her prose is beautiful, her characters full of life and memories and love and loss, and the concept for this story is so, so fresh and original. I can't wait to read the next episode!

Brilliant story. I love the feminist undertones. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to next book August 16, 2012
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It was easy to get engaged in the book. I am looking forward to next installment. I read this book on my Kindle FIRE but didn't get to do the interactive part from there. I was still able to go to author website and vote.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Short July 4, 2014
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King Solomon's Wives: Hunted is a unique story idea. However the story was too short and ends abruptly. While interesting and clever, the abrupt ending cuts the reader off right in the middle of thought. The author then notes a second book to continue the story. Unsure if I'll buy the next one or not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fable October 18, 2014
By SeeMuse
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I enjoyed the premise, story, and characters in this story. However it was to short (around 100 pgs) and ended on a cliffhanger. The next two installments are each 100 pages. There was some very rich storytelling here. I would have preferred the author writing one of 300 pages and I will not be purchasing the next two. I do not like the recent trend of authors writing 100 page installments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping/enchanting October 18, 2013
By dri
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I felt like I was treading through completely new material while reading McDowell’s book. Alluring and intriguing in its unpredictability, the plot unfolded before my eyes. It’s a beautiful story that brings up feminist ethical questions in a subtle manner, and its exploration of the Queen of Sheba myth is gripping/enchanting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but Too Short September 26, 2013
By mab
Format:Kindle Edition
Interesting premise, but too short at 108 pages to be sold as a full-length book. Also, not much is resolved in the book and the end is a doozy of a cliffhanger.

I wasn't crazy about the jumping around in time. The characters were interesting, but not endearing.

So many storylines were started and so many questions were brought up and very few answers. I think many of my problems with the book would be resolved if it was longer and had more to it, so I would be interested in reading the next book.

The Hunters moment of the kill was well done.

torture, murder, sexual situations

Received a free copy from the author to review for GoodReads [Never Too Old For Y.A. Books] Group Read for Review #25
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great historical filled with suspense August 1, 2013
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I'd give this 3.5 stars. I loved the historical aspect. I think the author created a believable tale based on what we do know of King Solomon. It's really interesting.

I'll definitely be reading book #2.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read.
Very interesting read. I love them memories!
Published 8 months ago by EE
4.0 out of 5 stars A very quick and unique read with one major rule to follow: "Love is...
The author did a great job of incorporating the historical aspect of King Solomon with her unique take of Hunters and Wives. Read more
Published on May 8, 2013 by Leylan Y Avalos
2.0 out of 5 stars Not interactive
This isn't what I expected when I paid for this. Found it in the interactive fiction section of the kindle store, but it was nothing but a normal story, with a small, 3-question... Read more
Published on May 6, 2013 by Christina Wendall
4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing and interesting
When I originally heard that this wasn't a book for anyone under sixteen, my first thought was "Oh great, there's gonna be lots of sex in this, isn't there? Read more
Published on May 2, 2013 by LilzGold
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story!

This book was provided for me by the author free in exchange... Read more
Published on April 25, 2013 by LotusFlower
5.0 out of 5 stars When is the next book out!
The Book is a quick read and fascinating also. You start out in the present, and then get a history of the wives. The rules they must live by seem harsh, because they die at 24. Read more
Published on April 15, 2013 by Suzy Snoozy
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept but wanted more
I have very mixed feelings about this "book" right now. It's more like part of a book. It is about 100 pages so it is more like a novella.

This is part 1 of ? Read more
Published on April 14, 2013 by Jamie E.
3.0 out of 5 stars good story!!
This book was very short more like a novella. Ill start with that i didnt like to get that out the way.
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Published on April 10, 2013 by E. Abrams
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