A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther by Joan Wolf

A Reluctant Queen coverThis was a quick read at only 372 pages, and the cover, for all its Eastern beauty, is deceptive, portraying a adult heroine whom we meet at only fifteen years (and after her marriage, she grows in maturity I quickly forget to picture her at such a tender age).

Some of the highlights of the book were the details of Persian culture and the sub-plot of the life of the palace servants, such as Luara and Hathach (a name clearly modelled from Jesse’s Persian name ‘Hatack’ in the 2006 film, “One Night with the King”).

The author takes some liberties with the story, splitting the Ahasuerus/Xerxes character into two, making them brothers instead.  She also creates some background for Haman’s character, explaining the source of the enmity between him and Mordecai.  Responsibly, Joan Wolf does include an author’s note detailing her rationalization of the changes in the book as well as a reader’s guide to discuss plot points in the book.

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