“Garden of Madness” by Tracy L. Higley

4 Sep

About the Book:

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 opulent yet oppressive life in the palace. But her husband has since died and she relishes her newfound independence. When a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own 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, Tia must decide if she is willing to risk everything—her possessions, her gods, and her very life—for the Israelites’ one God. Madness, sorcery, and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist’s deadly potion as Tia chooses whether to risk all to save the kingdom—and her family.

My Thoughts:

Honestly I don’t know where to start with this book. This book really intrigued me, I found the whole idea of this story taking place in King Nebuchadnezzer and Daniel fascinating…so I had high hopes. Tracy Higley had a great story to work with but didn’t execute it very well. I was let down because I had high expectations. Frankly I found this book extremely boring and very predictable. The characters were flat and uninteresting, so much to the point that I had to force myself to keep reading just so that I could write this review. I personally would not recommend this book.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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