Have you ever read a story that was so riveting that you simply couldn’t put it down? Where the characters are so real you feel what they feel, their joy, their sorrow, their fear, their pain? Lynn Austin’s Keepers of the Covenant is one of those books!
Keepers of the Covenant is the second installment in Austin’s Restoration Chronicles series. In this book we journey along side Ezra during one of the darkest times in the Old Testament. Ezra’s story parallels that of Queen Esther from the perspective of those living outside the palace and their battle for survival even after the Queen’s petition was granted.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I sought out the 1st book in this series, Return to Me, as well as all of the titles in the Chronicles of the Kings series. I found the characters to be well rounded and believable and that Ms. Austin brought dimension to these characters of old. I further appreciated the Biblical references that accompany each book so that I could compare these stories with those found in the Bible. In my opinion, Ms. Austin did for Ezra what Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner did in Cecil B. DeMille’s rendition of The Ten Commandments, she created an experience that leaves one on the edge of their seat waiting for more.
For those who enjoy Historical and/or Biblical Fiction, Keepers of the Covenant is a must read!
*** Note: Bethany House Publishing provided me with an e-book pre-release copy of Keepers of the Covenant for review purposes, but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. ***