I am always impressed by Jill Eileen Smith’s talent in creating compelling, vivid, and truth-based Biblical Fiction stories. Her newest release from Revell Publishers is my very favorite of all her books so far. . . “Star of Persia: Esther’s Story” is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, inspiring story that intrigued me with the first page, and held my imagination captive right until the end.
As you can imagine, Esther’s story from the Bible holds some potential for inappropriate scenes and content that may not be suitable for clean Christian fiction, but Ms. Smith handles all this with perfect tact and grace. While I would not recommend this story for younger readers, I personally had no issue with it (and I am pretty conservative in what I consider to be inappropriate content).
A unique facet of this story is that it begins with Queen Vashti’s point of view, when Esther (or Hadassah) is just a young child being raised in the loving household of her cousin Mordecai and his family. The story carries on from there, and even though we all know how it goes, I’m quite certain you will be holding your breath along with me as King Xerxes makes the choices that will change so many lives forever.
Perhaps that is part of what makes Biblical Fiction so unique – we all know how it ends, as well as most of the details from beginning to end. But a good writer like Jill Eileen Smith still manages to captivate her audience and bring the story to life in a way that is relatable and compelling, so that even though we know what will happen, we still can’t put the book down until we reach the end! And at the same time, the truths of the original Bible narrative come to life in new ways, as we ‘live’ through the eyes of each character.
If you enjoy this genre as much as I do, “Star of Persia” is a story that you will not want to miss. It is a masterpiece, and one that I will undoubtedly reread before too long. The only downfall is that it was over much too soon. . . But I can’t wait to see what Ms. Smith has in store for her readers next!
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”