In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king’s palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.
Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future–of family and love–seem impossible.
In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God’s unwavering love for His people.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review and I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. At times I found myself liking the book but there were also times when I didn’t like the book. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated parts of the book but there were parts that I didn’t like. Towards the beginning of the book, I did not want a certain relationship to happen but because of the time period of the book, I realized that it was going to happen, although I didn’t like it at first. As the story went on, I started enjoying their relationship. I also found it harder to get into the book because the timeline shifted suddenly. Take for example the relationship I didn’t want to happen. The couple didn’t marry for love and the story also shifted in time and they were in love. I missed how they fell in love. The story focused on time frame and then jumped to fourteen years later, so I had to switch my mind frame from one character being eight years old to twenty-two all of a sudden.
However, with that being said, I felt along with the characters, partly because of going through similar things such as losing a brother and struggling with following God’s laws but showing mercy. This book brought depth to the biblical character of Ezra and the time period of Esther and Ezra.
I think people who like biblical fiction will like this book, as long as they’re not looking for too much detail of that time.