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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Legend of Sheba

Tosca Lee is a New York Times best-selling novelist.  While that title may be a worn out title used by some strictly for self-promotion, Lee has earned the title by rising above many in her craft with an exceptional gift of story-telling.

Lee is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research.  Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University.

A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and life-long world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest.

You can connect with Lee through her website: as well as Facebook and Twitter.

There is the tale that is told:
A desert queen journeyed north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king and his One God. The story of a queen conquered by a king before she returned to her own land laden with gifts.
That is the tale you are meant to believe.
Which means most of it is a lie.
The king of Sheba is dead and Bilqis, his exiled daughter, has gained the crown after desperate overland march and battle for the capital.  Solomon, the brash king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world - or the riches of Sheba.  With the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to save her kingdom.
An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.

My Thoughts:
*I received a complimentary ARC of the book from the author for the purpose of this unbiased review.
I've been hearing much about Tosca Lee for some time now and when I had the opportunity to review The Legend of Sheba:  Rise of a Queen, I grabbed it.  The depth of research evident in Lee's writing is staggering.  She leaves no stone un-turned in relaying the story of the legendary Queen of Sheba.  Detailed descriptions in the book take the reader on a journey that is not easily forgotten.
And if I'm being honest, I'm not sure I've read anything that shook me quite the way this book did in quite sometime and I am an avid reader.  Through the story of Bilqis and Solomon, Lee tells a story rife with hatred, love and strength.  Her writing is lyrical and a pleasure to read.
You will not be disappointed!  And you will come away with a bit more understanding and faith in The One True God.  An author that can accomplish that - and Lee does it exceptionally well - is one to be read and read again!

Happy Reading,