Squash Basics - How To Play Squash jI won an advanced copy of this book from Goodread First Reads First off I love reading books by new author that I haven t heard of It is a great way to find my next favorite author I thought that this book was well written I loved the history and the passion that the author felt for the subject The story was told by Tamrin uncle to Makeda the last ueen of Sheba It was fun to think how long it took to travel so long ago and the huge undertaking it was to prepare for a long trip across the desert Makeda traveled to Israel met Solomon and learned how to rule a kingdom with the word of God I think my only grievance was that the end of the book went in a different direction I wanted to know about the story for Makeda and her kingdom and less about how her son Menelik went to meet Solomon his father and who Menelik met while in Israel It was a little difficult to follow in the last 50 pages when so many extra characters were introduced I am not saying that I didn t want to know about his trip to visit he father but I think that Menelik was cheated out of his story It would have been great for there to be a second book that tells of Menelik and his trip to Israel and what he learned thereI would have like to know what else happened in Makeda s kingdom and how the people responded to learn that their virgin ueen was a mother of an Israel kings son I think she did so much for her kingdom that it would be interesting to see where she went after she told her people the truth I end of the book left me feeling empty and wondering what happened nextIt was a good book and I am so happy that I won itThanks Goodreads and thanks Jill Hudson for the great story I will like to read from you The Last ueen of Sheba was a mesmerizing book for me While reading this and for a whole week I was dreaming this book In my dreams I was in the halls and court of the great wise king Solomon I don t normally read a lot of Biblical fiction however this book intrigued me due to its subject matter I always found the account of The ueen of Sheba and Solomon found in both I Kings 101 3 and 2 Chronicles 91 12 as interesting Jesus also mentions her in the New Testament in Mathew 1242 and also Luke 1131 Who was this ueen where exactly did she come from and what was her background story Ms Hudson gives us a plausible story and sites her historical information and sources at the end of the book In my homeschoolingourney with my children I had come across the Ethiopian Jews and their ourney to Israel to escape communism and their belief that they were descended from Menelik whom some believe is the son of Solomon and the ueen of Sheba I have also read accounts that some Ethiopian Christians believe that the Ark of the Covenant is located and closely guarded in Ethiopia Ms Hudson does mention this in her historical research and also a great deal Something else I have always wondered about why did the wisest man in the world choose to live the latter part of his life in the way that he did How in the world could you have so many wives and concubines and let them set up alters to their gods especially when he started his reign on the right path and the teachings that he was brought up with What made this wisest of men fallTold through the eyes of the ueen of Sheba s uncle Tamrin we are told the background of the ueen we travel to Israel and back over a 20 plus year period watch the glorious dedication of the Temple and finally the deterioration of Israel right before the Nation of Israel split with 10 tribes separating themselves from King David s heirs I could go on about this book but this review is long enough This was a riveting read for me and I thank The Book Club Network TBCN for my review copy The opinions expressed are my own When I signed up to receive this book I didn t know what to expect Would it be a story made up from someone imagination with little or no relation to th this little or no relation to th This a story of Tamrin the merchant who was destined to advise and indeed lead the rulers around him He himself was very wise and always willing to learn Using Tamrin as the point of view was a great idea We get to see these histories unfold under a very wide view because of Tamrin s ability to charm and befriend people of all kinds His network helps this story to be told through many points of views filtered through Tamrin s mind If this book was under Makeda s point of view it would have a much narrower focus Same if it were only Solomon s point of view With Tamrin we see essentially the whole picture His character is easy to like He is a father role to many and a seeker of truth In part one Makeda is the first youth that Tamrin influences Makeda started as the hated daughter of a newly noble father looking for power and ended up being the most loved ueen of Sheba Through Tamrin s guidance Makeda found her true strength as a woman as a ruler and as a new believer in the God of Moses She is kind to all she encounters She easily fell in love with Solomon who started as the most ust and faithful ruler of Israel with his Wisdom famous throughout the world and ended up the disgraced and faithless dictator of Israel His down turn was when Makeda left him His love for her was so strong that he looked for it again in all the wrong places He took hundreds of wives against the law of Moses Through his uest for love and a much needed heir to the throne he lost his relationship with God and the people of Israel suffered In part two we see that Tamrin now has a new youth to nuture Menelik He started as the bastard born son of a freed slave and ended up the ruler of the first Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia the only son of King Solomon and the ueen of Sheba Menelik is humble because of his beginings which leads to the reader loving him He is sincere and trustworthy Throughout the book the side characters are very well developed So much so that they were very much the main characters of their own section of the book involved with most every
*scene sabla s *Sabla s I found to honestly be the most believable She was a raw character full of sin and still we loved her She was a near villian who was down right mean to people yet had so many redeemable ualities She recognized her sin and her last few choices in the book lead to her becoming a hero I respect her ourney the most Jill Hudson has written an elouent and lovely book The story flows nicely nothing is forced and the word choices impressed me I had to have my dictionary app nearby to look up words such as ebullient and obeisance A book that challenges me leaves me eager for One drawback for me when a book about the ancient middle east contains references to corn Corn is a crop only known in North America corn Corn is a crop only known in North America that time No Ancient people of the Middle East Egyptian Ethiopian or Israelite alike ever saw corn No This book only mentioned corn twice so I forgive it like I am slightly annoyed and roll my eyes but I move on because the writing itself is beautiful The history about Solomon is solid We are given background knowledge on Solomon s father David and how Israel got to where it is now all aligning with biblical truth As a biblical fiction it is beautifully written a reflection of much thought being put into how the story unfolded with that undertone of powerful faith I should really like to think that The Songs of Solomon could have come out from such a sweet love story Why I gave this book five stars Beautifully and elouently written with vivid imagery It. A vividly realized and beautifully crafted novel focused around the fabled meeting between Sheba and SolomonAgainst all odds Makeda daughter of an obscure African chieftain is chosen as ueen of all Sheba Recognizing her own inexperience yet desperately wanting to address Sheba's appalling social injustice she is persuaded by her cousin Tamrin wealthy merchant and narrator of the novel to visit Solomon King of Israel to find out about how he governs his kingdom She is hugely impresse. Really placed me there in the ancient lands of the Middle East I loved hearing about the ueen of Sheba who was such an important part of King Solomon s life Critics or purists who prefer Bible stories to be free of fictionalization may not care for the concept of this book since its premise is based on ust a few lines of scripture in the Old Testament the meeting of the ueen of Sheba and King Solomon David s son Yet I found the book incredibly insightful and supportive of Biblical precepts The book is professionally detailed a book that speculates how it could have happened Special kudos goes out to Jill Francis Hudson for this epic tale of two young rulers The Last ueen of Sheba is one of the greatsAs far as I can discern there are four basic divisions in the story line1 Events leading up to choosing Makeda as ueen of Sheba Once she was chosen there was a certain amount of political turmoil she had to overcome Then some troubling events led to Makeda s decision to visit King Solomon of Israel2 The ueen of Sheba s actual visit with Solomon3 The ueen s return to Sheba and her rule of her country from her family palace in Yeha Ethiopia4 The Conseuences of Sheba s visit Some loose ends are resolved while we read about the downfall of Solomon The story is told in the first person by Tamrin the Merchant The wealthy merchant has traveled extensively and amassed for himself riches and an an enterprising business with contacts all over Arabia Egypt Ethiopia and even Israel and its neighbors In fact his most recent visit with Solomon garnered him a commission from the King for materials needed to embellish the Temple he was building for God In addition to conducting business with Solomon Tamrin treasured the philosophical discussions with the wise and humble man The young king wanted his friend to know his God Adonai as well Their talks gave Tamrin much to think about on his long 竹光始末 The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales journeys through the desertsThis book is much thanust a political commentary of a remote ueen Through the author s skillful writing and storytelling ability people ump off the pages and become real The conflicts grip us and become personal to us When ueen Makeda returned from Israel she turned her country on its head She introduced many reforms that turned an oppressed people into prosperous citizens She brought from Israel principles from the law of Moses that turned her country from an uneasy unstable agglomeration of disparate tribes whose only reason for suppressing their mutual hatred was the fact that they hated non Shebans to a country that worshiped and honored God Adonai Twenty years after Makeda was chose ueen of Sheba Tamrin the Merchant had to return to Jerusalem with a representative of Sheba s royal council In contrast to Sheba s now orderly happy and prosperous state what greeted his eyes shocked and distressed him Israel decline was evident everywhere he looked Even shocking was King Solomon himself He appeared haggard and even older than the merchant The reason for such a decline was even shocking That is something you ll discover when you read this book Tamrin was not even as welcome as before until Solomon met the Sheban emissary Eventually they returned to Sheba with sad news for ueen Makeda but with something important for the people and for God s temple in Yeha What I like best about this book is the meticulous detail the author uses to make the settings and circumstances interesting and relevant for the reader By researching the Kebra Nagast the national Ethiopian epic Islamic and Jewish legends and literature and archaeological information Ms Hudson was able to move way beyond common knowledge to treat her readers to so much intricate detail While I felt the beginning of the tale was a little slow moving once the events ramped up so did the intensity and suspense The remainder of the story was terse I had a hard time finding a place to stop reading when I needed to The beginning set up is filled with necessary background information making the faster moving accounts flow naturally and easier to comprehend This is definitely one of MY FAVORITE BIBLICALLY BASED HISTORICAL FICTION favorite biblically based historical fiction of all time I will be looking for this author s other works as soon as I can I highly recommend this book for high school college age and older readers As for younger readers than I ust mentioned the subject material may be a bit mature than they can handle If I were to rate the book it would be given a PG 13 rating for some adult topics Disclosure of Material Connection I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of the author and Kregel Publications I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising The Last ueen of Sheba by Jill Francis Hudson is a highly interesting and plausible account of the relationship between King Solomon and the ueen of Sheba Ms Hudson based her fictional story on several sources including the Bible in which very little is written The ueen of Sheba appears very briefly in the Old Testament and the Bible ust says that she came to uestion Solomon because she had heard of his fame If the reader can keep an open mind and be receptive to the author s blending of various thoughts and speculations about the encounter between Solomon and Sheba and the outcome of it the story will be a very enjoyable and entertaining one The author s historical note at the end is informative about beliefs thought and Culture The Discussion Of The The discussion of the of the Covenant and the mention of the ueen of Sheba in the New Testament Matt 1243 and Luke 1131 shows her regard as a famous penitentThe major characters as well as the supporting characters are depicted well Makeda later ueen of Sheba has a rare beauty though flawed by lameness in one leg She is highly intelligent inuisitive and sympathetic toward all people of her nation Her fondness for her uncle and close relationship with him is very endearing Her uncle Tamrin is a respected merchant whose counsel is sought and whose friendship Solomon esteems even before he meets Makeda Solomon is portrayed as a wise man whose discouragement leads him to act on his own not to wait upon God A cast of minor characters also lend interest and entertainment The ueen of Sheba has long fascinated people and the story of her meeting with Solomon has drawn much speculation and interest Readers will enjoy this fictional account of these two great leaders of the ancient world I recommend this book and the historical notes at the end I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review Title The Last ueen of ShebaAuthor Jill HudsonPages 320Year 2014Publisher LionThe tale of Sheba and her ueens is told from the sole point of view of Tamrin the Merchant Tamrin s character sheds light on the inner workings of government in Sheba and Jerusalem The Last ueen of Sheba is a work of fiction as there aren t many Biblical or extraneous writings giving knowledge of those who ruled in a place so unlike any I studiedAt the end of book the author shares where readers can learn about the past and other sources used in preparation for writing The list of sources though could be better expounded upon including any websites available for readers desiring historical information The tale itself is enthr. D by Israel's prosperity by the wisdom and integrity with which Solomon rules by the Hebrew religion which she decides to adopt as her own and by the ustice for all that she determines to copyHowever Solomon who is trapped in a childless and loveless dynastic marriage with Pharaoh's daughter allows himself to fall in love with the beautiful and intelligent African He eventually tricks her into sleeping with him and on the return ourney to Sheba she discovers that she is pregnantTh.