When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.
When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.
Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt was a really enjoyable retelling of the story of Esther. I should tell you right now that I have always loved a good Esther story. She is one of my favorite biblical characters. That being said I wasn't disappointed by this retelling at all. Hunt brought me back to the time of Esther, so many realistic details. Esther: Royal Beauty is a definite read for those who are fans of Biblical Fiction.
5 out of 5. An Beautiful Afternoon Snack!