"The Scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the Nation is His." (Genesis 49:10)
Princess Teia, daughter of Judah's last king, begins a harrowing journey after she's rescued by the prophet Jeremiah from the burning city of Jerusalem. They flee to Eygpt, where amid Teia's efforts to cope with the devastating loss comes an unexpected awakening of her heart when she meets Eochaid, a foreign prince. The two young nobles fall in love, but are soon forced to part and follow their preordained destinies of ruling separate nations.
Against the backdrop of daring escapes on land and seas, raging sword battles, and deadly sorcerers, an emotional journey ensues across multiple continents for both Teia and Eochaid. All the whole they're unaware that God's steady hand guides their paths as part of his plan to restore Judah's everlasting throne -- as symbolized by the sacred stone that Israel's patriarch Jacob once used as a pillow in the wilderness.
Judah's Scepter And The Sacred Stone is the story of an everlasting kingdom and of true love.
I really enjoyed the genre! I've never read anything that was Biblical fiction and I found that I liked it a lot. While I was not entirely familiar with the story from the Bible, I could still remember pieces from the Bible. Another sorta interesting thing was the prologue and the epilogue. I will have to say that I strongly disagree with the ending. No one knows when the end of the world is.
I liked some of the characters. Especially the main characters. But I think my favorite character was Eochaid. I think that his character arc was the best one. Teia also had a character arc, but her's wasn't as strong and not as believable.
I am a romance sucker and this romance was sooooo adorable. I wouldn't actually categorize this book as a romance since the hero and heroine weren't together for that much time. But still, adorable!
Okay, so this may be just me, but this book was a little preachy. I don't mind books that give the message that this book was trying to give (trusting in God) but I don't think that Brittain did an amazing job of incorporating a great message. It just sounded really preachy in some parts :/
Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh. basdihajlsadfes *huffs* So. Some of the characters were sorta whiny?? And yeah, I really can't stand it when a character complains for like no reason.
Aaand, I really didn't like some of the characters....THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS ACTED LIKE SECONDARY CHARACTERS NOO. Yeah. Pet peeve.
It was also really rushed. Like, the ending???? I had to read it several times over to make sure I had read it right.
There were Druid priests and mention of their rituals.
Some references. Actually, quite a few.
The princesses also stumble into something really disgusting in Eygpt. I think that I might have liked the book a bit better without the content.
I wish I could have rated this higher, but....
Have you read this book? Do you want to? Have you read books in the Biblical fiction genre before? What did you think of them?
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