- Age Range: 11 and up
- Grade Level: 6 and up
- Series: Living History Library
- Paperback: 237 pages
- Publisher: Bethlehem Books; New edition edition (April 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883937388
- ISBN-13: 978-1883937386
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hittite Warrior (Living History Library) Paperback – April 1, 1999
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About the Author
JOANNE S. WILLIAMSON was born in 1926, in Arlington, Massachusetts. Though she had interests in both writing and music, and attended Barnard College and Diller Quaile School of Music, it was writing which became the primary focus for her car¬eer after college. She was a feature writer for Con¬necticut newspapers until 1965, when she moved to Kennebunkport, Maine and began to write historical fiction for young people.
In each of Miss Williamson's novels, now totaling eight with God King, she explores unusual historical slants of well-known events. In her first book, Jacobins Daughter, she tells a true story of the French Revolution; in The Eagles Have Flown, she presents a picture of Julius Caesar's time and gives a sympa¬thetic portrayal of Brutus. She has a remarkable knack for using her fictional characters and plot to make connections between real historical persons and events. In a time when history is often taught in bits and pieces these connections are a great help, not only to the younger reader, but to the older one as well. Her third book, Hittite Warrior, has been well received in its recent reprinting for just this facility in showing the inter-relatedness of the ancient Hittite, Hebrew, Canaanite and Greek peoples in the 12th century before Christ. In God King, written some years ago, but now published for the first time, similar fascinat¬ing connections are made for a later period in Israel's history.
Now interest has been rekindled in her books and in those of other writers of historical fiction. This renewal should be a great source of sat¬isfaction to the many readers, young and old, who are discovering again the fasci¬nation of man's story throughout the ages.
Joanne Williamson died July 5, 2002.
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I guess I should blame myself for this next part--after all, it's a book about a "warrior"--but I didn't expect it to be so violent and in some places gory. I assumed, based on reviews of other mothers having read this with their children, that while there was action and battle, there wouldn't be images described like throats being slit and blood gurgling out. I'm not super happy I read that to my kids.
I can't say that I "liked" the book, but that could be because I don't like what was really going on. That's not the book's fault since it all did happen. I'm not one to bury my head in the sand, but I don't relish this stuff, either. So, while I wouldn't shoot the messenger, I'd have liked a better heads up before purchasing than reviews that say simply, "It puts you in the action!"
Little does Uriah know that this act of gift-giving will save his life. If the young man and his father had been at home, they likely would not have fared better than Uriah's mother and sister, who are killed when the Sea People (raiders from Crete) invade and destroy their homestead.
Uriah is the title character and narrator of Hittite Warrior, a work of historical fiction by Joanne Williamson. Her exciting story is set around 1200 BC and explores the very different worlds of the Hittites, the Canaanites of Tyre and Harosheth, the Hebrews, and the Egyptians.
Three years after Uriah and his father arrive home to find their lives destroyed and themselves virtually enslaved to their Cretan conquerers, Uriah's father rebels and is killed. Before breathing his last, he tells Uriah to travel to Harosheth and seek out Sisera, a man who owes Uriah's father his life.
Uriah eventually gets to Harosheth and meets Sisera, but not before he saves the life of a merchant from Tyre, who then takes the Hittite into his home. Also living with the merchant is a Jewish relative from Ephraim and a grandmother from Egypt. This introduction to foreign cultures is just the beginning of an adventure that will leave Uriah at the mercy of many people — people he thought he should hate because the Hittites had always believed them to be evil.
Williamson's story is very good, peopled with interesting characters and filled with harrowing situations, intrigue, and gripping battle scenes. Williamson's two greatest accomplishments are creating a main character we come to care for as we watch him grow emotionally and intellectually, and making ancient history — including the Old Testament story of Deborah, from the Book of Judges — come to life.
A word of caution: the book, aimed at children aged 10 and up, deals with the subject of child sacrifices to the god Moloch, and this may be a bit much for some children to handle.
Parent note: some violence -- the father is beaten to death in front of the son, and the child sacrifices to Moloch are discussed but not dwelt upon. Sets the Hebrews among the people of Canaan and larger invading and conquering forces.
I would not recommend for avid readers over the age of 12. Not worthy the purchase new.