Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review: Tracy L. Higley's Garden of Madness

   For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world.
  Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an indulgent palace life. But when her husband dies and a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own newfound freedom is threatened.
  As the queen plans to wed Tia to yet another prince, the powerful mage Shadir plots to expose the family’s secret and set his own man on the throne. Tia enlists the help of a reluctant Jewish captive, her late husband’s brother Pedaiah, who challenges her notions of the gods even as he opens her heart to both truth and love.
  In a time when few gave their hearts to Yahweh, one woman must decide if she is willing to risk everything—her possessions, her gods, and her very life—for the Israelite’s one God. Madness, sorcery and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist’s deadly potion, and Tia must dare to risk all – to save the kingdom, and to save herself.
  I'm still determining how I felt about this book. I thought the setting was interesting, and the twists keep you interested. It seems like a bizarre nightmare of messed up characters. I will admit that I'm not very familiar with the story of Nebuchadnezzar, and if you aren't already aware of it this story won't really help you. I think because I didn't know too much about it, it hindered my interest in the story a little because I wasn't able to understand all that was happening. I have a feeling this won't be a problem with most people who pick up this story though. 
  Tia is an interesting lead female though. I never got this goody-goody vibe from her, so in some ways you can relate to her as a human. The suspense is also built well, and I couldn't tell who could have done what in this story. I was going to be surprised regardless of how this story turned out. 
  For some reason the story didn't capture me as I had hoped, it wasn't boring, but I wanted it to draw me into the story more. You progressively get involved, but it isn't instant. 
  I'm not 100% sure who I would recommend this story to. If you are interested in varying views of Biblical stories then you would enjoy this, or just like a good mystery. I didn't find a whole lot of romance involved in it, which was a nice break from what I usually read. I felt there could have been something to make it better though. You can check out the book at Amazon

I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a review. 

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