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The start was great. We're introduced to Melchior, a young boy who lives in ancient Persia. Sadly, his lovely mother dies while giving birth to his sister, Daria, devastating the family, but they bond together in their grief.
Melchior's older brother, Salvi, is outgoing and loves flirting with the village girls. He gets the opportunity to join their fun-loving uncle Taz, living the adventurous life of a merchant.
Melchi himself, who is quieter and more reflective, would love to study the stars and their signs, as mathematics and astronomy stimulate him. His father thinks that's foolish and impractical, and insists that Melchi work in the family rug-making business.
Meanwhile, both brothers are smitten with Leyla, a very pretty and lively village girl. They also make friends with Reta, the quiet Hebrew girl who does their housekeeping, since their mother died.
Circumstances line up so that Melchi finally gets his opportunity to study with the Magi. I'm looking forward to every move, when suddenly the rug is pulled from under my feet. With no warning, the story jumps ahead several years. Melchior is now a man familiar with the layout of the university town and strangers he met there are brought before the reader as if he's known them for ages. Most disconcertingly, he's married to one of the girls from his past and we have no idea why that happened!
If I'd been reading a paperback, I would have checked to see if a large chunk had fallen out of the binding, but I have a kindle book. Reading on, the story explains what happened in the intervening years, but I still find it too jarring.Read more ›
I found this story to be interesting, well-written, and easy to read. At the beginning there were too many details and narrative before the story took off. I also wanted some explanation of how his wife’s letter had gotten to him on his journey. The break in time between part one and part two didn't bother me, since Melchior later fills in the gap. This turned out to be a much better book than I expected.
"Seeker of Stars", like many great works of literature, is at once both immanent and transcendent. On one level, it tells the life story of Melchi, a charming and sympathetic character. But "Seeker of Stars" is also deeply existential, probing for the source of the desires that move us all and leave us unsettled and unsatiated, longing for something more.
As Melchi grows to manhood, his love of the stars leads to the redemption of his love and life, and finally to his finding the transcendant source of his longing, and the object of his quest in the starry sky.
While this book may be categorized as "Christian Fiction," it doesn't read as such. By that, I mean it isn't steeped in Christian (post-Resurrection) beliefs. Instead, it goes back to the Jewish prophesies and their beliefs. Melchior is a Gentile--I'm not exactly sure what we would call him in modern terms. My guess "Persian" is the best description. His wife, however, is Hebrew--which is how he learns of the Jewish prophesies.
This is a short, enjoyable read--and one that is packed with content. We learn about Melchior's past, his relationships with his family, with his wife, with his fellow astronomers--all without the reader feeling like too much is being presented at once. Indeed, this is a book where every word is carefully chosen for greatest impact.
There were a few parts where I felt Fish overreached just a bit--and I wish she had gone into more detail when the Magi met up with Herod. However, beyond that, I found this a very fulfilling book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a seasonal read.
In the Nativity story we tend to focus (rightly so) on Jesus and his immediate family. Fish points us towards the Magi, though, and the story of how one might have been affected as a result of his journey to bring gifts to the King. As I have stated in previous reviews, I am a sucker for Biblical fiction and this is no exception. What is different is that there is little mention of the magi in the Bible. They are a footnote, a reminder of those who had been looking for a sign. Fish breathes life into them, and as a result the story of Jesus and the events surrounding his early years have more depth.
Melchior reminds us that the people mentioned in the Bible were real, with a life beyond what is recorded. They had hopes and dreams. They loved. They struggled. They fought and reconciled. And above all they were forever changed when they came face to face with the King.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading this book very much during this season of Epiphany. The season of light.Published 6 months ago by BluebirdLover
Brings to life the characters of the Christmas Story in a very real and heartfelt way, I totally enjoyed reading itPublished 6 months ago by renee hanson
Excellent story of 'what could have been' with the Magi. We assume so much, but these were real people whose lives were dramatically altered by and because of the Christ child. Read morePublished 6 months ago by GaBoyee71
A great little read. An enjoyable little book written with accuracy. Soon to be a classic and enjoyed by all.Published 7 months ago by Rutt89
I loved this book! A perfect read for the Christmas season, and a beautiful story of recognizing and growing into your true dreams and desires .Published 7 months ago by Vineyardnanc
This is a beautiful retelling of a familiar story from a totally unfamiliar perspective. Deeply moving, I could not put it down.Published 9 months ago by Janice
Seeker of Stars is an enjoyable story that warms the heart toward Christmas and imagines the life of one wise man who followed a star and worshiped the infant King who created the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Iwool
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