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Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings #1) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 1, 2005
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This is one of the best biblical fiction series out there, easily on par with Angela Hunt's Legacies of the Ancient River series. I don't feel that Austin's writing is as strong or her characters quite as well-developed as is evident in her later books (such as the Christy award-winning novels Candle in the Darkness and Fire By Night), but that's a very minor issue. Austin does an excellent job bringing the world of ancient Judah to life in all of its color, pageantry, danger, and intrigue. She breathes fresh life into the character of Hezekiah, creating a flesh-and-blood man whose struggles and weaknesses make his triumphs as one of Judah's greatest kings all the more inspiring. And the book lives up to perhaps the best measure of whether or not biblical fiction succeeds or fails - it inspires study of the actual biblical text.
When reading this book (incidentally this was my second time), I was struck by how timely the story felt.Read more ›
I initially got this book during a Kindle free promotion and, as I write this review, the price is now $5.38 in the Amazon Kindle store - you will certainly get a lot more than $5.38 in entertainment value if you get this one!
I did get a bit confused at Amazon's website while looking for the rest of this series, so I am going to list them here in order for the convenience of future buyers:
book 1 "Gods And Kings"
book 2 "Songs Of Redemption"
book 3 "The Strength Of His Hand"
book 4 "Faith Of My Fathers"
book 5 "Among The Gods"
Another author whose sequel I am eagerly awaiting is Ellen Gunderson Traylor's "Jerusalem The City Of God - Part Two", also set in Old Testament times. These types of books really "take you back in time" to the way that things really were.
This is the story of Hezekiah who will eventually assume the role of king as a descendent of King David. This story opens with Hezekiah as a young boy and we grow with him as he faces many challenges to both his life, and his faith. His father is King Ahaz, and he has plotted to sacrifice Hezekiah in order to gain the favor of the gods, and win the war that has currently decimated his army and killed his own brother. Hezekiah's mother Abijah will do all that she can to spare her last son from his father's evil machinations. She has only two men that she can rely on, but can she trust them to save her beloved son?
Hezekiah is destined for great things and manages to survive his childhood but he is now a man and the dangers to him have not dissipated. He is now King, and his mother and his wife, two women that love Hezekiah, must now stand back, and wait to see if his faith is strong enough to help him survive the treachery and violence that surrounds him. Will he be strong enough to stand by his beliefs and save his country?
This was a very moving read as well as being very descriptive. Fans of Christian novels will find no fault with this vivid story and characters. Ms. Austin has managed to bring the Old Testament to life in a way that is not only entertaining, but educational as well.
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Incredible insight into the lives of King Ahaz and the prophet Isaiah. Magnificent!!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Gods and kings keep you interested in what is going to happen next make you want to know how true it is compare to the Bible can't wait to start to read the next book!Published 8 days ago by DOROTHY WILFORD
Being historically correct, the author developed the biblical characters so that they were believable. Read morePublished 12 days ago by V Thompson
I think the author was very insightful on how society may have been in those days. Amazing how certain characteristics of that society are parallel to todays. Read morePublished 17 days ago by crafty
Our book club is reading this book and we have decided to read the series. So it's that good. We enjoy Lynn Austin's writing because it brings the Old Testament to life. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Reading from the old testament. This gives much understanding to why Christians believe through faith. Enjoyable story.....I like it very much. Thank you Lynn Austin.Published 26 days ago by Terri Hash
Loved this book!!!!! It is well written and well developed characters. This author has amazing talent!!! I did love this book!!!Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer